Christmas Hampers

Community Christmas Hamper Program intake forms are now available at the Tofield/Ryley/Beaver County West FCSS Office
Upstairs at 5407-50 St. Tofield. 780-662-7067
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The deadline to sign up for a hamper is Thursday, December 12, 2019.

FCSS Public At Large

The Tofield/Ryley/Beaver County West FCSS Advisory Board is currently looing to fill one colunteer Public At Large position to represent Beaver County West. Interested parties must reside in Beaver County West between ranges 17 and 21.

If you require more information, please call 780-662-7066 or submit a letter of intent to:
Tracey Boast Radley, Director
Tofield/Ryley/Beaver County West FCSS
P.O. Box 1058, 5407-50 Street
Tofield, AB T0B 4J0

Rail Safety Week

Resolution in Support of Rail Safety Week

Whereas Rail Safety Week is to be held across Canada from September 23 to 29, 2019;

Whereas it is in the public’s interest to raise citizens’ awareness of the dangers of ignoring safety warnings at level crossings and trespassing on rail property to reduce avoidable deaths, injuries and damage caused by incidents involving trains and citizens;

Whereas Operation Lifesaver is a public/private partnership whose aim is to work with the public, rail industry, governments, police services, media and others to raise rail safety awareness;

Whereas CN has requested City Council adopt this resolution in support of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness, save lives and prevent injuries in communities, including our municipality;

It is proposed by Ryley Council.

It is hereby RESOLVED to support national Rail Safety Week to be held from September 23 to 29, 2019.

2019 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards

2019 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards

The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards honour extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer achievements have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members. Six awards, two in each category of youth, adult and senior are presented annually on or around International Volunteer Day, December 5.

AWARD CRITERIA
Albertans, who meet the following criteria, are eligible fora Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award:
•  Exemplifies the spirit of community service;
•  Demonstrates exemplary initiative, leadership, and creativity in their service to others;
•  Serves as a role model for others in their community;
•  Inspires others to engage in volunteer service; and
•  Improves the overall quality of life of fellow Albertans and the community as a whole.

NOMINATION CHECKLIST
Submissions for the 2019 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards must include the following:
•  Letter of Nomination submitted by the nominator;
•  Completed Nomination Form signed by the nominee and the nominator;
•  Completed Critical Information (detailed responses to the requested points one through eight in a    separate attachment); and
•  Completed list of references.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) The personal information that is provided in the nomination submission about the nominator and the nominee is collected under the authority of section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and is protected by the privacy provisions of that Act. The information will be used for the purpose of administering the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards program and to select and publicize the achievements of the award recipients.

Submissions can now be made online. For complete instructions visit: www.culture.alberta.ca/voluntarysector/stars

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

Award nominees and their nominators will be notified in writing of the selection committee’s decision in November 2019.

Beaver County Intermunicipal Development Plans Project Launch

Beaver County Intermunicipal Development Plans Project

Beaver County and each of the Towns of Tofield and Viking and the Villages of Ryley and Holden have Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs).  These were approved in 2008 with some updates over the last few years.

The IDPs are beneficial tools for neighbouring municipalities to provide guidance for future growth areas, address development-related matters of joint interest along and near municipal boundaries, develop policies that are mutually beneficial, provide opportunities to explore joint economic development initiatives, and provide mechanisms for cooperation in delivering services.

The Province of Alberta has implemented recent changes to the Municipal Government Act (MGA), which now requires all existing IDPs to include new minimum requirements, such as addressing transportation systems, environmental matters, etc.

Beaver County, in partnership with the Towns and Villages, have engaged ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. to update the four existing IDPs.  The updates will ensure that the policies within the IDPs meet current needs, reflect new and emerging trends and planning best practices, and are in alignment with the recent changes to the MGA.

To review the existing IDP, click on the link below.

Beaver County and Town of Tofield (2008, as amended)

Beaver County and Town of Viking (2008, as amended)

Beaver County and Village of Holden (2008)

Beaver County and Village of Ryley (2008, as amended)

Where are we now?

Over the winter, the ISL’s team held Steering Committee meetings, completed stakeholder interviews and prepared a discussion paper that included a review of the existing IDPs and other technical documents, estimation of future population growth, a review of land supply for each of the municipalities, and a review of potential opportunities and constraints in the plan areas.

COMING SOON To review the Discussion Paper.

The team is currently preparing the updates to the existing IDPs based on the information gathered over the past few months.

Stay tuned! In late May, affected landowners, residents and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to review the updated draft IDPs and provide their input through an online survey.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Intermunicipal Development Plan?

An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a long-term and strategic plan between two or more municipalities that is required by the Municipal Government Act (MGA). An IDP’s purpose is to provide a coordinated and collaborative land use, servicing and transportation framework for growth on the land adjacent to and near the boundaries of the municipalities.

Under the MGA, an IDP must address:

  • future land uses,
  • future development proposals,
  • provision of transportation systems,
  • environmental matters,
  • coordination of intermunicipal physical, social, and economic programs,
  • other matters related to physical, social or economic development,
  • conflict resolution procedures,
  • plan amendment procedures, and
  • overall plan administration.

What is the importance of this project?

By initiating this project, the municipalities are demonstrating the importance of land use, servicing and transportation planning on a coordinated, cooperative and collaborative basis. They are also demonstrating that a solid land use planning framework is an essential component of successful intermunicipal relationships.

I’m happy with our community today. Why do the IDPs need to be updated?

The Province and the MGA now require that all existing IDPs include new minimum requirements such as addressing transportation systems, environmental matters, etc. Each of the municipalities involved in this project are experiencing growth pressures and challenges, so we need to direct growth and address the challenges in a strategic way. Each municipality has its own aspirations, anticipated development, and challenges to address. This project will ensure each IDP is in compliance with the changes to the MGA and addresses changing populations, economic circumstances, and shifting community needs. The updated IDPs will enable strategic decision-making about future growth.