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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Public Notice - Bylaw 1645-20 - Electoral Ward Boundaries

Electoral Ward Boundaries Bylaw 1645-20

 

The Municipal Government Act - Section 148 

Take notice that the Council of the County of Stettler No. 6, in the Province of Alberta, has given first reading to Electoral Ward Boundaries Bylaw 1645-20 which will establish electoral ward boundaries for the County of Stettler No. 6 under Section 148.

NOW THEREFORE NOTICE is hereby given by the Council of the County of Stettler No. 6 that, unless a petition of Bylaw 1645-20 is demanded, as provided for by the terms of Section 219 of the Municipal Government Act, the said Council may pass the said electoral ward boundaries bylaw.

The proposed bylaw may be viewed through our link, or examined between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the office of the Director of Municipal Services, County of Stettler No. 6, 6602 – 44 Avenue, Stettler, Alberta.

Phone 403.742.4441 x131 or email abrysiuk@stettlercounty.ca or go to www.stettlercounty.ca/WardReview for more information

Council for the County of Stettler gave first reading to Bylaw 1645-20 - Electoral Ward Boundary Bylaw, and will consider second and third readings at the regular Council meeting on December 9, 2020.

To view the meeting go to youtube.com/StettlerCounty or by teleconference dial 1-800-309-2350, Conference ID: 152-9025.

Background

Our current electoral boundaries took effect for the 2004 municipal election and have remained unchanged since then. Since 2006, the County of Stettler’s population has grown by 7%, but the growth has not been uniform. As a result, the number of electors represented by individual Councillors varies significantly from ward to ward.

Our goal would be to review the electoral ward boundaries any time that a ward has a population that deviates ±15% from the average population. The current and proposed population by boundary are listed below.

Ward

Current Population

Variation

Proposed Population

Proposed Variation

1 – Byemoor – Endiang

517

-35%

690

-13%

2 – Big Valley

703

-12%

768

-3%

3 – Botha – Gadsby

1069

34%

896

13%

4 – Erskine – South Warden

776

-2%

773

-3%

5 – Stettler

902

13%

825

4%

6 – Erskine – Buffalo lake

907

14%

821

3%

7 – Donalda – Red Willow

692

-13%

793

0%

 

Primarily, the Byemoor - Endiang ward and Botha - Gadsby ward are well outside the average population and were the primary motivator for reviewing the boundaries. As shown above however, most of the wards are encroaching on the ±15% ‘trigger-point’ for review.

The major changes included in the proposal are:

  • The border between Byemoor – Endiang and Botha – Gadsby was moved two miles north
  • The border between Big Valley and Stettler was moved two miles north.
  • The border between Stettler and Erskine – South Warden has been moved roughly a half mile south, from Highway 12 to the Township Boundary
  • The border between Erskine – Buffalo Lake and Stettler has been moved a mile east, to include the properties surrounding Erskine.
  • The border between Erskine – Buffalo Lake and Donalda Red Willow has been moved two miles west.

Policy/Legislation

Division of municipality into wards

148(1)  Unless otherwise provided for in a bylaw under this section, when a municipality is divided into wards,

(a) only an elector who is resident in the ward may vote for a councillor in that ward, and

(b) councillors are elected for each ward.

(2)  A council may by bylaw

(a) divide the municipality into wards and establish their boundaries,

(b) in the case of wards established for a municipal district or a specialized municipality, change the number of wards and their boundaries,

(c) give each ward established or changed a name or number, or both,

(d) state the number of councillors to be elected for each ward established or changed, and

(e) in the case of any municipality, including a municipal district or specialized municipality, eliminate the wards.

(3)  A council may by bylaw provide for councillors that

(a) are in addition to the councillors elected for each ward,

(b) are elected by a vote of the electors of the whole municipality, and

(c) are councillors for the whole municipality, not a ward.

(4)  A council may by bylaw provide that all councillors

(a) are nominated by ward,

(b) are elected by a vote of the electors of the whole municipality, and

(c) are councillors for the whole municipality, not a ward.

(5)  A council may by bylaw provide that all councillors

(a) are nominated by ward,

(b) are elected by a vote of the electors of the whole municipality, and

(c) are councillors for the ward in which they were nominated.

Passing bylaw

149(1)  A bylaw passed under section 148 must be passed by December 31 of the year before the general election at which it is to take effect.

(2)  If a bylaw is passed in the same year a general election is held, it takes effect at the 2nd general election after the date on which it is passed.

(3)  A bylaw passed under section 148 must be advertised.

Bylaw 1645-20 - Electoral Ward Boundaries Bylaw
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