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Lacombe adopts zoning rules for cannabis sales and production


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Lacombe, Alberta (September 12, 2018) – At their regular meeting Monday, Council adopted Bylaw 400.16, which includes changes to Land Use Bylaw 400 around definitions for proposed land use districts where the sale and production of cannabis may be located when federally legal.

“Council wants to ensure that when legalization occurs next month, there is no confusion around the appropriate land use districts for cannabis sales, production and distribution,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “Of greater concern to the members of our community will be the rules and regulations surrounding consumption of cannabis products. Council will be addressing this issue soon, and I am confident we can craft the appropriate guidelines that best suit our community expectations.”

Under the approved bylaw, cannabis retail stores will be permitted uses in the following:

  • C1 – Downtown Commercial District
  • C3 – Transitional Commercial District
  • C4 – Highway Commercial District
  • C5 – Shopping Centre District
  • I1 –Light Industrial District

    Cannabis retail stores will be discretionary uses in C2 – Neighbourhood Commercial and DC2 – Direct Control districts. Development applications for these areas will be brought before the Municipal Planning Commission for consideration.

    Cannabis production and distribution will be permitted uses in I1 – Light Industrial and I2 – Heavy

Industrial districts. Production and processing will be discretionary uses in:

  • C3 – Transitional Commercial District
  • C4 – Highway Commercial District
  • C5 – Shopping Centre District
  • DC2 – Direct Control District

    Cannabis production, distribution and retail sales are prohibited in the I1 – Light Industrial District located on 40 Brownstone Road. Cannabis retail sales are also prohibited at 5536 58 Street (Winks Convenience Store).

“The City is now accepting development applications, on a first-come, first-serve basis, for the production and retail sales of cannabis in Lacombe,” said Manager of Planning and Development Debbie Bonnett. “There has been a lot of interest, and to date we have received two applications for retail sales.”

Interested parties with questions about the application process can call the Planning and Development Services at (403)782-1264 for assistance.

No retail sales will be open to the public, but Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission has indicated it will be allowing licensed operators to stock cannabis inventory ahead of the legalization date, October 17, 2018.

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Exporting Publicly Funded Jobs is Bad for Alberta.

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This article is submitted by The City of Lacombe

Mayor Grant Creasey

Recently, the Mayor of the Town of Athabasca, Colleen Powell, outlined what she described as a battle with implications for all Alberta. The problem she described was the decision by the Board of Governors of Athabasca University (AU) to adopt a “near-virtual” model. This model effectively takes well-paying rural Albertan jobs in her community and outsources them to communities like Victoria, Toronto – or anywhere else the institution approves. Over 10 years, this decision will reduce employment in that community by nearly 500 high quality jobs, according to Mayor Powell’s opinion column submitted to the Edmonton Journal.

A similar battle is brewing in the City of Lacombe. Our largest employer, Alberta Financial Services Corporation (AFSC), has opted to pass a ‘Work Away Policy,’ essentially allowing staff to work remotely, anywhere in Canada.
Our Council has significant concerns with this decision, as it erodes employment opportunities both provincially and locally. Further, this policy change is not compliant with the formative legislation of AFSC.

It is important to remember that Athabasca University, and AFSC, were deliberately placed in our respective communities to promote rural development and viability. Premier Lougheed had a vision for Alberta that included locating publicly funded entities beyond the Edmonton and Calgary metropolitan regions – he recognized that strengthening rural Alberta strengthens all of Alberta.

As outlined in letters to our local MLA, as well as the Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, and Premier Kenney, the City of Lacombe believes this Alberta Crown Corporation policy is bad for Lacombe and the province as a whole. While the letters outlining our concerns have gained limited traction, we believe Albertans should be aware of the implications when organizations outsource jobs away from rural communities like Lacombe and Athabasca.

AFSC’s decision is against the Agriculture Financial Services Regulation; the governing document of the crown corporation. The regulation designates “Lacombe, Alberta as the location in Alberta at which the head office of the Corporation will be situated.” Like AU, AFSC was intentionally placed in our community to support economic viability in smaller rural communities – and indeed it did, bringing highly-skilled and highly-paid employees to our community for years. Simply stated, AFSC’s “Work Away Policy” disadvantages Lacombe and negatively impacts our local economy. It increases commercial vacancy and results in less overall commercial investment.

For this reason, I want to publicly thank Mayor Powell for speaking out on the damage caused when large publicly-funded institutions outsource Albertan jobs from the communities that rely on them, into other provinces.
These changes should concern us all, and we hope that Albertans will agree. Exporting publicly funded, high quality jobs from small Albertan communities to Toronto, Vancouver, or Montreal is ultimately harmful and will damage the economic viability of not only Athabasca and Lacombe, but all of Alberta.

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Train Derailment south of Lacombe: 1 rail car leaked liquid asphalt

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Blackfalds RCMP advise of train derailment – Update

Blackfalds, Alta. – On July 2, 2021, at 8:15 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP received a 911 call of a train derailment along Highway 2A in Lacombe County.

Initial reports suggested a number of oil cars were leaking oil and possibly on fire. A nearby residence was evacuated as a precaution, and multiple emergency crews responded.

Emergency crews were able to determine that 23 train cars had derailed, four of which were carrying Tar Oil (liquid asphalt). Upon further inspection, only one of the cars was found to have a leak while the remaining were intact. No fires had started.

No injuries were reported and those evacuated were able to return home.

CP Rail and Lacombe County Emergency Management remain on scene and Highway 2A is expected to be blocked to traffic for several more hours while crews investigate and cleanup.

CP Rail Police has taken over this investigation.

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