CITY OF CHESTERMERE | SUMMER 2017
In this issue: • Summer Festivals • Run for Council • Your Tax Notice • Transit Survey
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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR When Council talks about building our community we tend to focus on the high level, visionary picture. For this article though, I want to talk about the individuals who make an impact but may go unnoticed. I was at the Chestermere Minor Hockey Association awards evening recently. As I sat there I considered how much the club has grown over the decades. I thought about the efforts put forward by their Board, coaches, assistant coaches and team managers as well as the parents who volunteer for specific jobs to help things run smoothly. They all put their time into making hockey a great experience for the kids who play. They don’t complain by the sidelines; they get involved and often for very little thanks, appreciation or recognition by the greater community. While they do this to benefit hockey, that effort contributes to us all as a wellrounded active community.
Chestermere’s annual festivals are sure to be the highlight of your summer! Summer in Alberta can go by in the blink of an eye so be sure to mark your calendars for the fun free opportunities in our own community! Chestermere offers two amazing festivals that should be on everyone’s summer to-do list:
1. Get involved in Canada’s biggest birthday yet Come celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in your own backyard! Family friendly activities will take over John Peake Park and start with a free pancake breakfast, kids’ activities (including old fashioned games and the very popular tug of war competition). There will also be wagon rides along the Lake, a book sale at the Library, dancing in the Pavilion, and excellent food vendors. Plus, don’t miss Chestermere’s biggest fireworks display ever - right on the lake!
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“Come join the celebration,” says City of Chestermere Events Planner Nancie Huneault. “Together, as a community, we are going to mark this special anniversary in a spectacular way.” Canada Day celebrations take place at John Peake Park from 9 a.m. until dusk. www.chestermere.ca/canadaday.
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2. Join the splash at Water Festival What better way to enjoy Chestermere’s lifestyle than a festival right on the shores of our lake? The annual Water Festival embraces all that summer lake life has to offer with great activities for all ages. Guests will begin the day watching the annual wakeboard competition hosted by Water Ski Wakeboard Alberta. You can even register to brave the waves in the competition. Kids’ activities will take place in the EPCOR Kids Fun Zone, and include face painting, bouncy house fun, obstacle courses and more! The Artisan Market and food trucks will delight all the senses with great finds for your home and palate. For the 18+ crowd, wine and beer will be served at the Chestermere Lions’ Beer Gardens. Enjoy some beverages with friends in the Park until 11 p.m. Free entertainment will continue all day long with blues, rock and country tunes. The evening will conclude with an electrifying Canadian blues rock experience from headliner Kirby Sewell Band at 9 p.m. followed by fireworks. “I can give you 150 reasons to attend these events this summer, but you only need 1: they’re free!” said Huneault. Water Festival begins at 9 a.m. until dusk in John Peake Park. www.chestermere.ca/waterfestival
Boulevard Park: The park located at the corner of Chestermere Boulevard and Rainbow Road is home to the new Centre for Community Leadership building. The park is being landscaped by many generous landscaping companies, sponsors and volunteers who are working to make an amazing space for the community to enjoy. Landscaping is scheduled to be completed by the end of June. Lakefront Parks Improvements: As part of the 2017-2018 budget, grant dollars will be used to add storage for the weed harvesters at Sunset Park, make small improvements to the beach at Anniversary Park and upgrade the beach and playground at Cove Park (based on feedback received from residents in 2016). Last month border posts were added at Anniversary Park and rope will be installed in June. Preliminary planning for upgrades to Cove Park is scheduled for this summer. Township Road 240 Upgrade: Work has been underway to replace the bridge over the canal near Range Road 281. The bridge is scheduled to be completed by July. A portion of the road upgrade (from Range Road 282 to our east boundary) will begin this summer.This multi-year project will support the future growth and development of the south areas of Chestermere. For more details on this project and the full phasing schedule, visit www.chestermere.ca/240upgrade.
Projects in development:
Planning is currently underway for the 2017-2018 budgeted projects including a new soccer field and enhancements to the lakefront parks. More details about these projects will be posted to www.chestermere.ca/projects as they become available. For a full listing of projects and updates visit www.chestermere.ca/projects
Beautiful weather is here and many residents are excited to get outside and enjoy all that summer has to offer. Chestermere Fire Services encourages residents to wear a life jacket or PFD when on the water, never boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol and always be cautious around cold water in early summer because even though it is hot outside, the water is still cold and prolonged time in the water can lead to hypothermia. www.chestermere.ca/lake
COUNCILLOR SPOTLIGHT: YOU
Looking for a great way to have a direct impact on Chestermere? Consider running as a candidate in the upcoming local election!
Municipal Election: October 2017
To be eligible as a candidate, you must: - Be at least 18 years of age on nomination day (September 18), - Be a Canadian citizen, - Have been a resident of Chestermere for 6 consecutive months immediately preceding Nomination Day. Interested in learning more? Find resources about what it means to run as a candidate and serve as a Councillor at 2
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picks up garbage in our parks or weeds at our beaches or who post stunning pictures from their neighbourhoods on social media, that makes us better. When we have community members who defend our small businesses, promote a “shop local” mentality, make positive, proud comments in newspapers, on the radio or TV with no agenda other than their love of our City, or when we have upbeat, awesome ambassadors who represent us at events in other communities, it helps weave together the fabric of who we are as a unique, special place to call home. So while Council often talks about topics at the high level, I thought it was important to let you know that we very much appreciate and acknowledge the big efforts made on a smaller scale by Chestermere’s dedicated individuals. Sincerely, Mayor Patricia Matthews
GEt INVOLVED: Transit Survey The Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) is exploring opportunities to expand On-It Regional Transit to connect Chestermere, Cochrane and Strathmore to and from Calgary. To properly assess your transit needs, the CRP is conducting a survey (online and via telephone) from June 1—July 7. Participating will give you the opportunity to help shape regional transit in the future.
April 5, 2017: The City of Chestermere will begin marketing lots in the Light Industrial Park. A Request for Proposal will be issued to hire a Real Estate Broker and parcels of land could be sold as early as this summer. www.chestermere.ca/business
April 25, 2017: Bike enthusiasts will be crushing the trails of the Chestermere Family Bike Park this summer. This year, riders will be able to tackle new challenges following the completion of several new upgrades. www.chestermere.ca/bikepark
Take the survey at www.chestermere.ca/transitsurvey
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 2017 Taxes
April 27, 2017: The annual Municipal Census began May 1 and will continue until June 17. The census is conducted every year to ensure City departments can accurately plan for residents’ needs. www.chestermere.ca/census
How much of an increase should I expect in 2017 and 2018? In 2017, residents can expect to pay 2.3% more in municipal taxes than last year and 2.0% more in 2018. For the average homeowner with a property assessed at $500,000, this equates to $60 more in 2017 and $54 more in 2018. Property taxes vary (higher or lower) depending on a property’s assessed value. How is the tax increase decided? Last fall, Administration presented a two year budget proposal to Council who reviewed it thoroughly and recommended any necessary changes. Council approved the 2017-2018 budget on December 5, 2016 and approved a tax rate bylaw for 2017 in May. When will I see this change? The 2017 tax rate will be applied to your 2017 municipal taxes. Tax notices will be sent out in mid-June and the deadline to pay the full amount (unless you are on the TIPPs program) is July 31. The process will be the same for 2018. Can I see exactly how my tax dollars are spent? Yes. You can review the operating budget and five year capital plan on the City’s website: www.chestermere.ca/budget. Last year’s financial statements are also published at www.chestermere.ca/financials. If you have further questions or would like more information, you can contact the City at (403) 207-7050. For more information on taxes visit www.chestermere.ca/taxes
May 5, 2017: On May 13, Chestermere Emergency Management Agency hosted a free Emergency Preparedness Open House to educate residents on how to prepare their families for an emergency. Over 350 people toured the Fire Hall, picked up resources and left more prepared. www.chestermere.ca/chema
May 25, 2017: At the May 15 Council Meeting, City Council passed the 2017 Tax Rate Bylaw with a tax requirment increase of 2.3%. www.chestermere.ca/taxes 3
STAFF AT THE CITY
The people behind the work happening at the City of Chestermere
When a business opens its doors, it marks the beginning of its journey in our community. For the urban planners at the City however, it signifies the end to a long process of creating sustainable development. “As planners, we try to think 15 to 30 years ahead,” says Jose Reyes, Planning and Development Manager . “Where you may see an empty field, we see a future that includes buildings, roads, schools and infrastructure.” The first part of the planning process starts with the City’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP). Updated by staff in 2016 based on extensive feedback from residents, the MDP outlines the overall growth vision for the entire community. The Land Use Bylaw spells out in more detail exactly what is allowed on the types of land described in the MDP. When a developer then comes forward with a proposal for a project, they must submit an Area Structure Plan (ASP) as a high level view of what they plan to do with their land. The City’s urban planners review the proposal and request any necessary adjustments to ensure the plan fits into the City’s MDP. Once an ASP is accepted, the developer can move forward with creating a more detailed Outline Plan. At this stage, staff review all the plans for that area’s roads, storm water flow, pipes, pathways, schools, commercial building locations, housing types, etc. After receiving the approval for the Outline Plan, the developer submits a proposal for each subdivision in the area. City staff review all the detailed plans for how each neighbourhood will be created to ensure all aspects (including design and utility connections) meet the City’s standards. From there, developers and builders can start applying for permits to begin construction and bringing those businesses and homes to Chestermere. Interested in learning more about the development process? Connect with our planners today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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June 1 - August 18: Backpack Program Support local students in Chestermere and area with back to school financial care. Donations help alleviate school stressors such as transportation, fees, lunch and after school care. Backpacks, school supplies and gift cards can be dropped off at City Hall. Chestermere City Hall (105 Marina Road) www.chestermere.ca/backpackprogram June 17: Belle’s Tea Party Be our guest, and enjoy an evening of tea, sandwiches and activities. All ages are welcome and costumes are encouraged! $5 to register. Chestermere Public Library (105B Marina Road) www.chestermerepubliclibrary.com July 1: Canada Day Celebrations Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at John Peake Park. The day will include a free pancake breakfast, market and book sale in the park, live entertainment, kids’ activities and bunny races. The day ends with Chestermere’s largest and longest fireworks display on the lake! John Peake Park (100 John Morris Way) www.chestermere.ca/canadaday July 1 - August 26: Summer Reading Program Track your reading this summer and get involved with some fun activities and events including stuffy sleep overs, scavenger hunts, Minecraft, crafts and prizes! Register with your library card. Chestermere Public Library (105B Marina Road) www.chestermerepubliclibrary.com July 22: Water Festival Celebrate summer on the Lake at Chestermere’s annual Water Festival. Enjoy the wakeboard competition, browse the Artisan Market, check out the Beer Gardens and don’t miss the free Summer Music Showcase with headliner Kirby Sewell Band. View the full schedule of events on the website. John Peake Park (100 John Morris Way) www.chestermere.ca/waterfestival September 18: Election Candidate Nomination Day Interested in serving your community as a member of City Council? This is the date to file your official nomination papers and join the race for the October election. Information on eligibility requirements and campaigning rules can be found online. www.chestermere.ca/election2017 September 29 & 30: Arts and Culture Days Enjoy arts and culture in your own backyard at the seventh annual Chestermere Arts Days. If you are interested in showcasing your work at the Art Market you can register online. Chestermere City Hall (105 Marina Road) www.chestermere.ca/artsdays
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