CITY OF CHESTERMERE | FALL 2016
A quarterly community newsletter with updates, stories, and highlights of work happening at the City of Chestermere.
connection Did you know? Over the past 10 years, Chestermere’s non-residential tax base increased from approximately $18 million to $128 million.
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
In 2016, over a thousand new people moved to Chestermere and discovered what so many residents already know: Chestermere is an amazing place to live!
Autumn has been a busy one so far in our community, but I’ve come to learn that it usually is in Chestermere. School has started, hockey/curling/dance and music begins a new season, gardens are being put to bed for the winter, golf clubs are being used for the last few times before the snow falls and we all hope the weather holds out for one more weekend.
Throughout the summer, City staff wanted to hear more about what makes our community so special. The #LoveChestermere online campaign was launched in July and continues to be an opportunity for residents, business owners, families and visitors to share what they love most about our City.
One of our greatest accomplishments over the summer was to approve our finalized Municipal Development Plan (MDP). This is one of the cornerstones of how our community develops and it shapes who we will be in the future. We had a lot of public engagement in this document so it really reflects our community’s feedback.
Here are a few highlights from the series:
You told us that different housing options were needed here in Chestermere so our kids don’t have to move away when they leave home and so we could downsize but still live amongst our friends and neighbours. To serve that need, the MDP identifies a small percentage of development within neighbourhoods that can contain smaller lots, with smaller houses.
The #LoveChestermere videos have now reached over 15,000 people across Facebook, Instagram & YouTube. All the videos are available to be viewed on the website at www.chestermere.ca/lovechestermere.
“There is no word ‘stranger’ in the Chestermere community - and it has been proven time and time again, the way people come together.” Al (Business owner) “I like the small town feel of Chestermere, I like how the community gets behind all the events here.” Ben (Olympic gold medalist & resident) “Even though my husband and I love to travel, we are always so happy to come home to Chestermere.” Marla (Resident)
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“Summer is short, we do like to play hard and Chestermere is a great place to do that.” John (Business owner) “I like the volunteer spirit, I’m constantly hearing ‘how can I help, what can I do to help’.” Cathy (Resident) “People here aren’t just residents or citizens, but they’re actually becoming neighbours with each other and that’s exciting to us!” Preston (Resident) “This has definitely always been a place of celebration and happiness, whether it’s from Canada Day, Winterfest or Water Festival.” Emilie (Resident) To watch all the #LoveChestermere videos and montage, please visit www.chestermere.ca/lovechestermere. Together we can rediscover what makes this community amazing! We want to hear what you love about Chestermere! Connect with us on your favourite social platform using the hashtag #lovechestermere.
Ball Diamond at Chestermere Lake Middle School: On August 2, representatives from the Blue Jays Care Foundation joined the City to unveil the newly refurbished Jays Care Foundation Field. This field was made possible by the Jays Field of Dreams grant and is one of only two diamonds in Chestermere for kids ages 4-12. Ball Diamond at Our Lady of Wisdom School: The field is close to completion and additional sod has been added. The area is temporarily fenced off to allow for root stabilization. Centre for Community Leadership (CCL): The City of Chestermere and Synergy are proud to partner in launching the Centre for Community Leadership, the first dedicated space in the community to host not for profit groups. The modular building is currently on site and all utility and electrical installations are scheduled for October. Watch in the new year for a grand opening celebration. Pathways: Over the summer the City upgraded various pathways including North Windermere Drive and East Lake School Path. Sunset Park Beach Volleyball Court Upgrade: This project is now complete, which expanded the court to a double size and included landscaping work. Sod work has been done around the perimeter of the double court, so please keep off this area. Urban Community Garden: The new urban community garden, located at the corner of West Lakeview Point and West Lakeview Drive, held its first harvest celebration on September 13 where guests harvested 34 plots abundant with vegetables and flowers. Partners included the Chestermere Food Bank and Chestermere Lake Middle School who also had plots in the garden. If you’re interested in a plot for the 2017 season, please contact City Hall.
FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
National Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15. This is a good time to check all of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working and are less than 10 years old. Also, be sure to discuss a fire escape plan with your family and take a few minutes to practise it. For more information or to request a Home Fire Risk Assessment, contact Chestermere Fire Services at (403) 272-9878.
COUNCILLOR SPOTLIGHT: Councillor Stu Hutchison Stu was born and raised in Calgary, and visited Chestermere Lake frequently as a kid. He moved to the Summer Village of Chestermere in 1992 and was elected to Council in 1993 with a vision of providing more support to residents and making sure people had a voice in their neighbourhoods. Stu has served on eight councils since 1993, making him the longest running Councillor in the history of Chestermere. Stu has been part of many developments and improvements in the community including the expansion of the Recreation Centre, the addition of the RCMP and Protective Services building, and the redevelopment of Anniversary Park and John Peake Park. Stu particularly enjoys seeing all the community participation in our special events such as Canada Day, Winterfest and Water Festival, where neighbours come out and enjoy our beautiful community. To contact Councillor Hutchison call (403) 248-1952 or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
“It has been a great pleasure so far working with everyone in Council and Administration. Collectively we may not have all agreed, but we always found resolution for the betterment of the community.” 2
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We are also excited about the ‘live and work’ areas that can be brought forward so businesses and residents can co-exist and flourish in the same space.
You also told us that nature was important to protect and preserve. In order to do that there is strong language in the MDP that identifies the vital wetlands that exist in Chestermere and ensures that they stay healthy and strong, even with development. We also heard that you wanted to have different commercial offerings so we’ve lifted the cap on our retail square footage while keeping the same high quality neighbourhood design features that make Chestermere retail areas so beautiful. We would really encourage you to have a look at the final document so you get a good, overall picture of what development will look like in our community over the next 20 years. You can find it on our website at www.chestermere.ca/mdp. We’d like to thank each and every one of you who came out, volunteered to participate in our working groups or gave us your feedback. Your help and input was invaluable and will shape Chestermere for years to come.
June 11, 2016: Chestermere celebrated the inaugural Lemonade Day where 102 Chestermere youth operated their own business: a lemonade stand! www.chestermere.ca/lemonadeday
Mayor Patricia Matthews
GET INVOLVED: Christmas with Dignity!
The Christmas with Dignity program provides short term support for families that have exhausted their other resources and need a helping hand before they can access longer term programs or support. Donations to the program are used to assist with basic needs or allow families to purchase small gifts for their children, allowing the whole family to have a Christmas with dignity. Due to changes in the economy, we are anticipating that a few more families may need an extra hand this year and we need your help to support them.
July 13, 2016: Chestermere grew 6.6% last year, resulting in a new total population of 19,715. www.chestermere.ca/census
For more information please visit: www.chestermere.ca/cwd
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Budget 2017-2019
July 27, 2016: The City of Chestermere officially became Western Canada’s first Bee City which highlights current efforts to promote healthy ecosystems. www.chestermere.ca/beecity
Why are you preparing a three year budget? While City Council can review the budget at any time, the City of Chestermere uses a multi-year budgeting process to ensure efficient and effective long range planning. How does the budget effect taxes? The budget is the guiding financial plan for the municipality and determines how much total revenue is needed to pay for municipal services and programs. Once the budget has been set and assessments have been completed for the year, a tax rate can be determined by dividing the amount required by the total property assessment. The tax rate is then multiplied by residents’ individual property assessments to determine how much tax they will pay. What factors are considered when preparing the budget? As staff prepare the budget, they consider guiding documents (such as the Municipal Development Plan and Strategic Plan), internal financial policies, regulations or legislation relevant to each service area, resident requests, and constraints facing the function.
August 2, 2016: Thanks to the Field of Dreams grant from the Jays Care Foundation, the Chestermere Lake Middle School ball diamond was refurbished to allow for more youth baseball in Chestermere. www.chestermere.ca/projects
Will residents have any input on the budget? Yes! We have been providing information on all of our municipal services in the Anchor and online for the past several weeks. This information always includes a question for residents that will help inform the budget. Residents are also welcome to attend the budget meetings and provide their feedback following those meetings. Will we be able to see the detailed budget? At the budget presentations in November, all the documents will be provided. Copies will also be posted to www.chestermere.ca following the presentations. Previous years’ financial statements and budget information is also available online. For more information on the Budget, visit www.chestermere.ca/budget
August 31, 2016: Chestermere’s New Municipal Development Plan sets the vision for Chestermere’s future. www.chestermere.ca/mdpupdate
STAFF AT THE CITY
The people behind the work happening at the City of Chestermere School is back in, and not just for kids. The City of Chestermere’s Community Services department has a great Parent Link Centre (PLC) that offers programs to parents with children ages 0-5.
“The first five years of life are absolutely critical. The Parent Link Staff help parents and caregivers navigate those years with confidence and develop healthy family ties that will last for many years,” said Aia Clamp, Early Childhood Services Coordinator. Supporting over 2,000 kids and parents every year, the PLC offers programs in music, playtime, crafts, and baby sign language. All the programs are designed to help develop connections, motor skills, and enhance positive behaviour. In addition to classes for little ones, the PLC also offers programs for parents to develop new skills to connect with their children, handle difficult behaviours, and navigate the toddler years. Additional resources for families available at the PLC include parental support, information about community services, developmental milestone checkpoints, toy and clothing exchanges, and access to referrals.
UPCOMING EVENTS October 22: Early Learning & Childcare Conference The 10th annual conference will help parents, foster parents, caregivers, childcare providers, and preschool teachers develop new relationships with others in their field and gain knowledge in areas such as child development, guidance and discipline, tips for program planning and other information related to children ages 0 to 5 years old. The deadline to register is October 17. Prince of Peace Banquet Hall (285030 Luther Rose Blvd, Calgary) www.chestermere.ca/elcc October 30: Halloween Bash for Adults Get your costumes on and have a fun night out with other adults. Tickets are $20 per person and the evening feautures the Rock Vegas band. Watch the Chestermere Regional Recreation Centre’s website for more details. Chestermere Recreation Centre (201 West Chestermere Drive) www.chestermerecrca.com November 11: Remembrance Day Each year, the City hosts at Remembrance Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at Anniversary Park. Veterans food bank donations are accepted. Watch the City’s website for more details. Anniversary Park (208 West Chestermere Drive) www.chestermere.ca November 18 from 9:00 – 12:00: Celebrate National Child Day! A free drop in play day filled with fun activities and games for preschoolers (ages 3-5) and their parents or caregivers. This year’s theme for National Child Day is “It’s Our Right to Learn.” Chestermere Recreation Centre Main Hall (201 West Chestermere Drive) www.nationalchildday.ca December 3: Chestermere Winterfest This year, Winterfest is getting a new look! The brand new Winterfest will kick-off with the official lighting of the Christmas lights in Chestermere and celebrate lighting the night with fireworks, fire spinners, live music, bonfires, and a variety of family friendly activities. Stay tuned for more details about Winterfest. www.chestermere.ca/winterfest
Parent Link Centre professionals specialize in early childhood education & programming.
In addition to regular programs, the Parent Link Centre is hosting their 10th annual Early Learning & Child Care Conference on Saturday, October 22. This Conference will re-examine long-standing ideas about parenting! The conference is for parents, foster parents, caregivers, childcare providers and preschool teachers to develop new relationships and gain knowledge in areas such as child development, guidance and discipline, tips for program planning and other information related to children ages 0 to 5 years old. The deadline to register is Monday, October 17. For more Conference details please visit www.chestermere.ca/elcc.
December 3 from 12 - 4: Community Christmas Party Along with Winterfest, the Community Christmas Party will include musical performances by local talent, Santa’s Workshop, crafts and activities, and free hot chocolate with a visit from Santa! Chestermere Recreation Centre (201 West Chestermere Drive) www.chestermerecrca.com December 10: Christmas with Dignity Celebration Join us at the annual celebration to help support local individuals and families. Stop by City Hall and shop at the Children’s Store, listen to local musical performers, enjoy arts and craft activities, visit with Santa, and sip some cocoa. Chestermere City Hall (105 Marina Road) www.chestermere.ca/cwd
For more information about the Parent Link Centre, please visit www.chestermere.ca/plc or call (403) 207-7050.
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