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2017

Municipal Election 2017

October 16, 2017

Thinking of running for council?

Find out what you need to know. Learn more here.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Canada Summit

October 13, 2017

When Disaster Strikes – Neighbours Helping Neighbours
Strengthening Community Resilience Prior to Disaster

October 13, 14 & 28, Bragg Creek

Learn more

Fish Creek Ranch Bulk Fill Station - CLOSED

September 21, 2017

 Fish Creek Ranch Bulk Fill Station continues to be closed until further notice.

Election 2017 - Notice of Nomination Day

September 18, 2017

Nomination day is Monday, September 18, 2017 between 10 am - 12 noon.

More election information here.

2017 Municipal Map

September 1, 2017

NEW 2017 map - now available.

$15 for flat or folded.
Available at the MD administrative office.

Priddis River Hazard Study and Flood Hazard Identification Program

September 1, 2017

September 2017 – December 2017

Alberta Environment and Parks is conducting a multi-year river hazard and flood mapping study along 30 km of Fish Creek and 15 km of Priddis Creek. The goal of these two studies is to help reduce future flood damages and increase public safety for all.

Surveyors will be walking along the riverbank and walking or boating in the river starting in September, and will be focused on surveying the river as well as bridge and culvert crossings. The majority of this survey work is expected to be complete by December 2017.

The provincial study is being co-funded through the federal National Disaster Mitigation Program, with support from the Municipal District of Foothills.

The study area includes the Municipal District of Foothills, Priddis, and Priddis Greens.

For more information visit: www.floodhazard.alberta.ca

Aldersyde Power Outage

August 29, 2017

PLEASE NOTE**** Fortis has a planned power outage for Aldersyde on Tuesday, August 29 from 2:30 - 5:30 pm. (maintenance work)  This will affect operation of the Aldersyde Bulk Fill Station.

Riparian Restoration Workshop Series

August 23, 2017

August  23-27    10:00 am - 4:00 pm    Daily   

Attend one or more of these upcoming workshops to learn how to identify riparian plants, reconstruct stream banks, mitigate climate impacts, and participate in restoring your watersheds. You can also earn a Certificate in Riparian Restoration Essentials by participating in 2 or more of these workshops! 

  • August 23 Land Use Planning with Alberta Tomorrow
  • August 24 Flood Recovery with AMEC Foster Wheeler and Cows & Fish
  • August 25 Carbon Accounting in Forested Landscapes with Natural Resources Canada August 26 Riparian Forests, a Blackfoot Traditional Perspective with Harley Bastein
  • August 27 A Review of Carbon Credit Policy with the Government of Alberta

Click here for details.
Click here to register.

Aldersyde Bulk Water Fill Station - NOW OPEN

August 23, 2017

*IMPORTANT NOTICE

Aldersyde Bulk Water Fill station HAS RESUMED NORMAL OPERATIONS.  

Coalmine Rd - ROAD CLOSURE

August 14, 2017

Road closure of Coalmine Rd between 256 St W and 272 St W has been EXTENDED to take place from Tuesday August 15, 2017 until Wednesday August 16, 2017 for road repair. The road will be closed from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day.

Contact M.D. of Foothills No. 31 Public Works Department at 403-652-2390 with any questions.

Champion Park Open House

August 5, 2017

11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Champion Park is opening its doors to members of the public on August 5, 2017.

Take a stroll around the 55-acres of land, watch the rainbow trout swim in the pond, check out the wildlife in the wetland area, or simply partake in the games and activities.  A passport will be given to children, encouraging them to engage with the many interpreters and receive stamps after each visit.  A complete passport can be traded in at the end of the visit for a prize.  

Due to parking constraints, access to this event is by bus only.  For your comfort and convenience busing to and from the Okotoks Recreation Centre (ORC) is being offered, beginning at 10:30 a.m.  The last bus leaving for Champion Park will be 1:00 p.m.

You must register for this FREE special event here .

Southern Alberta Beaver Survey

July 26, 2017

Please Take Our Survey!

Assessing Knowledge and Perceptions about Beavers

Understanding Albertans’ knowledge and perceptions about beavers, their habitat and management is important to realize benefits and address impacts.

This survey is being conducted in partnership by the Miistakis Institute and Cows and Fish (Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society). It is available online from May 31 to July 26 and will take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete:

Alberta Beaver Survey

More information here - pdf

FIRE BAN

July 17, 2017

Effective: 1:10 pm, July 17, 2017

MD of Foothills has placed a Burning Ban on all open fires including burning barrels and Fire Works. All open fires are to be extinguished and any open burning permits cancelled, new burning permits will not be issued. This ban will be in effect until all areas in the MD of Foothills receive substantial moisture and approval is received to lift the fire ban.

354 Ave W - Road Closure

July 4, 2017

354 Ave W, at various locations between Hwy 552 and 80 St W, will be closed for culvert replacement. Work will begin on Tuesday July 4, 2017. Completion is anticipated the week of July 10, 2017 . The road will be closed from 8:00 am–4:00 pm each day.
Contact M.D. of Foothills No. 31 Public Works Department at 403-652-2390 with any questions.

Road Closure

June 20, 2017

Please Note:  Effective June 20-, 2017 , 402 Ave between 304 St E and 272 St E, will be closed for 24 hours per day, for road repairs. The stretch of road from 320 St E to 304 St E will re-open June 20 at 12:00 noon

Contact Public Works Department at 403-652-2390 with any questions.

Public Notice

June 8, 2017

AltaLink wishes to advise residents and businesses in the area that starting in mid-June 2017, it will be using helicopters to perform low level aerial patrols of electrical transmission lines across central and southern Alberta. The patrols are expected to be complete by the first week of July 2017, weather permitting. These patrols provide a visual inspection of the lines, helping to maintain the reliability of the electric system through proactive maintenance.

In advance, AltaLink apologizes for any disturbance or inconvenience to residents in the vicinity of the power lines that will be patrolled.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Road Closures

June 5, 2017

Public Works will be closing the following roads for culvert repair:

Monday, June 5 (8:00am-4:00pm)
176 St W, south of 242 Ave W

Tuesday, June 6 (8:00-4:00pm)
242 Ave W, east of 192 St W

Wednesday & Thursday, June 7 & 8 (8:00am-4:00pm)
242 Ave W, east of Hwy 22

Please contact the Public Works Department at 403-652-2390 with any questions.

Road Closure

May 29, 2017

2380 Dr W between 256 St W and 232 St W will be closed from Monday May 29 until Wednesday May 31, 2017 for culvert replacement. The road will be closed from 8:00 am-4:00 pm daily – weather permitting. 

Please contact M.D. of Foothills No. 31 Public Works Department at 403-652-2390 with any questions. 

Your Personal Emergency Plan Meeting

May 15, 2017

A Meeting to share & discuss information about being prepared in the event of an emergency

Monday, May 15, 2017, 7:00 pm at Millarville Racetrack Hall

  • To inform residents about the M.D.'s Emergency Plan and Focus
  • To provide insight into considerations for individual planning for both people and animals that goes beyond having a basic survival kit
  • Based on experiences from the Fort McMurray fire and M.D. Foothills floods
  • To include large animal discussion

Learn more here.

Extended Hours at the Regional Landfill

May 9, 2017

Tired of waiting in line at the landfill with your household waste and recycling? Extended hours at the Foothills Regional Landfill & Resource Recover Centre will be in effect from Monday, May 8 and will continue through to Thursday, June 29, 2017. The Landfill is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm to accommodate the increased volume of traffic at this time of year. Also open Friday-Saturday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Extended hours are for smaller residential loads; garbage, leaf and yard waste and recycling. Large commercial loads are not accepted after 4:30 pm.

 

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (RAO)

March 31, 2017

Student Organization for Aerospace Research (SOAR) at the University of Calgary will be conducting a series of rocket engine tests beginning late March and continuing through to June.  Learn more here.

2nd Septic Sense Workshop FULL

March 29, 2017

Understanding and taking care of your septic system.

The second Septic Sense: Solutions for Rural Living scheduled for March 29 is now FULL.
 

Septic System Workshop

March 23, 2017

Septic Sense:  Solutions for Rural Living

Understanding and taking care of your septic system
WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.
Learn more here

Funding for flood modelling approved by Alberta Environment and Parks

March 17, 2017

Alberta Environment and Parks have approved $123,136 to fund three flood modelling projects in the MD of Foothills.

Read the complete Media Release here.

Square Butte Ranch Open House

March 16, 2017

The West Foothills Water Residents Group and the MD invited residents within the proposed project boundary to an information session to discuss the potable water distribution system and the various options.

For information about the project - click here

Open House Feedback - click here

Notice of Public Hearing

March 15, 2017

City of Calgary and MD of Foothills No. 31 - Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP)

The Council of the MD of Foothills No. 31 will hold the public hearing for City of Calgary & the MD of Foothills Intermunicipal Development Plan, March 15, 2017 at 10:00 am in the Council Chambers, Joint Administration Building, 309 Macleod Trail, High River, Alberta.

Learn more here. 

Ground Squirrel Control Program

March 6, 2017

The Ground Squirrel Control Program starts Monday, March 6, 2017.
For more information, click here.

Notice of Intention: Sale or Licence of Land

February 8, 2017

SALE OF LAND:  Council of the Municipal District of Foothills No. 31 has agreed to accept bids for purchase of the municipally owned property, currently designated as Agricultural District, located at NE 01-19-27-W4M, containing 160.85 acres.

LICENCE OF LAND:  Council of the Municipal District of Foothills No. 31 has agreed to accept bids on the municipal lands located at NE 01-19-27-W4M, containing 160.85 acres.

More information here

Notice of Intention: Licence of Land

February 8, 2017

The Council of the Municipal District of Foothills No. 31 has agreed to accept bids for a license on the Municipal Reserve located at SE 21-20-28 W4M, Plan 1528LK, Block R5, 16.0 acres.  More information here.

Fish Creek Ranch South Water Distribution System

February 7, 2017

A preliminary study into the Fish Creek Ranch - South Water Distribution System by MPE Engineering Ltd, includes scope as well as a high level estimate. The following is the complete report as presented to council. 

Fish Creek Ranch - South Distribution Assessment - pdf

Dunbow Road Functional Planning Study

February 7, 2017

Watt Consulting Group has prepared a functional planning study for the future growth of Dunbow Road East of Hwy 2 extending to 96 St E.

Dunbow Road Functional Planning - pdf

Open House - Priddis

January 26, 2017

Proposal for a community parking lot within the Hamlet of Pridddis.

Open House - Thursday, January 26, 2017
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Priddis Community Hall, 178131 Priddis Valley Road West

More information including map - pdf

Calgary Southwest Ring Road

January 25, 2017

Calgary Southwest Ring Road Information

For up-to-date information on the Southwest Ring Road, please visit SWCRRproject.com

2016

Aldersyde Bulk Water Fill Station - OPEN

December 15, 2016

12:30 pm  Please note the Aldersyde Bulk Water Fill Station has re-opened.

Water System Update

December 6, 2016

It’s been years in the making, but on September 1, 2016, the Sheep River Regional Utility Corporation (SRRUC) began full operations.

The SRRUC was established through the Quad Regional Water Partnership (QRWP), a collaboration of four municipalities, including the Towns of Turner Valley and Black Diamond, the Municipal District (MD) of Foothills, and the Village of Longview.

To learn more, click here - Water System Update pdf

Cougar Safety Workshop

December 1, 2016

Learn more about the Cougar Safety Workshop, Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Priddis Community Hall  here - Cougar Safety Workshop pdf.

For more information about Problem Wildlife - click here.

eSEND

November 29, 2016

Receive your Tax Notices and Utility Invoices by email.
Sign up for eSEND. 


Applications available here.

Blackie Valve Replacement

November 8, 2016

Construction to replace valves began November 8, 2016 and is expected to be complete by November 30, 2016.

For more information - click here

Changes Proposed to Fee Schedule Bylaw 27/2016

November 4, 2016

The Council of the MD of Foothills No. 31 is considering amending the Fee Schedule Bylaw 27/2016, which establishes the fees, rates and charges for a variety of municipal services. The 2016 Draft Fee Schedule illustrates the existing fees and the proposed amendments to those fees. Council will be considering the amendments to the Bylaw at the regular Council meeting on December 14, 2016.

For more information or to view the 2016 Draft Fee Schedule online,
click here

Temporary Road Closures

November 3, 2016

*** UPDATE:  July 11-November 15: the following roads will be closed 24 hrs/day until completed.

  • 224 St E from Hwy 23 North to 498 Ave
  • 498 Ave from 224 St E to Hwy 799

Contact M.D. of Foothills No. 31 Public Works Department at 403-652-2390 with any questions.

IDP City of Calgary and MD of Foothills

October 27, 2016

City of Calgary and M.D. of Foothills Intermunicipal Development Plan update October 2016

OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, October 27 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Dewinton Hall.

This Open House will present changes made to the Calgary Foothills IDP project based on feedback gathered at the last event held on March 2, 2016.  The City of Calgary and the M.D. of Foothills have conducted some additional analysis on identified issues, drafted updates to the new IDP document, and internally reviewed the policy originally proposed for the plan.  We are once again looking for public feedback at this fall 2016 open house to help us shape the final policies that will form the new IDP.

While this additional work has delayed the process, we believe that it will result in a better plan for both municipalities. We anticipate the proposed IDP will go forward for public hearing and consideration by both Councils in the first quarter of 2017.

Learn more with this pre-event information package in advance of the open house. Click here.

More background information about the IDP may be found here.

We hope to see you there!

If you missed the open house, please take our SURVEY‚Äč about the updated draft IDP package, which was presented at the event.

Fish Creek Bulk Fill Station NOW OPEN

October 18, 2016

Fish Creek bulk fill station has reopened.

WIND WARNING for Landfill

September 27, 2016

Issued: September 27, 2016 @ 11:30 am

Winds are gusting between 45-60 km/hr at the Regional Landfill! when wind speeds reach and exceed 60 km/hr at the Regional Landfill, it will be closed for the safety of users and staff..

If you're heading out to the Landfill today, please check to make sure it is open.

Proposal of New School Site

September 19, 2016

OPEN HOUSE

You are invited to attend a jointly hosted Open House regarding the proposal for the construction of a new school site. Foothills School Division, Brant Christian School, and the MD of Foothills are proposing the future site of the Foothills Christian Academy, at 496016 48th Street East.

Open House: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Town of High River and MD of Foothills Joint Administrative Office,
309 Macleod Trail, High River, Alberta
Monday, September 19th, 2016
Meeting Room L04 (Downstairs)

More information here.

Donation of Champion Park Land

September 16, 2016

The Municipal District of Foothills and the Town of Okotoks are pleased to announce the joint acquisition of Champion Park. The park sits on approximately 52 acres in a rural area in the MD of Foothills adjacent to Highway 2.

Champion Park is being gifted by the Knowlton Family. Gerald L. Knowlton built the park as an homage to the CPR and as a family tribute to his mother, Faye, and father, Frederick (Ted) Knowlton – a CPR station agent who served in the town of Standard, Alberta for 42 years. The park was replicated after the train station and surroundings that his father operated.

Learn more here.

Aerial Imagery 2015

September 12, 2016

Aerial photographs for areas around Southern Alberta are available for download.

Click here.

Severe Thunderstorm WATCH

July 17, 2016

At 3:56 pm MDT, Environment Canada has downgraded the earlier Severe Thunderstorm Warning to a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for the MD of Foothills, including areas in / around:

  • Okotoks
  • DeWinton
  • Priddis
  • Brown-Lowery Provincial Park
  • Turner Valley
  • Black Diamond
  • Cayley
  • High River
  • Aldersyde
  • Eden Valley Reserve

Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

Severe thunderstorms have developed and are expected to continue into this evening.

Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes.  Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on the roads.  Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following:  large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

Please monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.  To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports to #ABStorm

 

 

High Streamflow Advisory ENDED

July 17, 2016

Alberta Environment has ENDED the High Streamflow Advisory for the Sheep River and Threepoint Creek, in the MD of Foothills.

Stream levels have peaked and water levels are falling on the Sheep River and Threepoint Creek in the MD of Foothills. 

Water level rises observed during the high streamflow period were a follows:

Sheep River:   +0.8 meters

Threepoint Creek:  +1.2 meters

No river-related flooding is expected at this time and the situation continues to be monitored by River Forecasting Staff.

More information can be found at

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July 12, 2016 @ 12 AM

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Range and Riparian Health Workshop

July 8, 2016

Tuesday July 12, 2016 - CANCELLED

(To be rescheduled in August 2016)

Notice of Public Hearing - MDP2010 Amendments

July 6, 2016

 Council of the Municipal District of Foothills No. 31 will hold a public hearing on the following: proposed Amendments to the Municipal Development Plan: MDP2010 at 2:30 PM, WEDNESDAY, THE 6th DAY OF JULY, 2016, in the Council Chambers, Foothills Administration Building, 309 Macleod Tr. S., High River, Alberta. More information.

Road Closure

July 6, 2016

The M.D. of Foothills Public Works Department will be closing 128 St. E at the 466 E intersection on Thursday July 7, 2016 for a culvert replacement. The road will be closed from 8:00am-5:00pm that day. For more information contact Public Works at 403-652-2390. 

Regional Landfill - Commercial Haulers Out of Boundary Waste

July 5, 2016

The Foothills Regional Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre has a policy to only accept waste generated from within the communities of: MD of Foothills, High River, Okotoks, Black Diamond, Turner Valley and Nanton. It has become apparent that some commercial haulers have been hauling waste to the landfill from outside our boundaries, including South Calgary. The Foothills Regional Services Commission will be investigating commercial customers to determine the origin of their loads. If a company is found to be hauling refuse to the Foothills Regional Landfill, from outside the member municipality's boundaries, their rates for all loads will immediately increase to $150.00/tonne on every load going forward. More information

Ag Services Scholarship

June 30, 2016

$5,000 worth of Ag Scholarships. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2016. Get your application in now! For more information - click here.

Notifications in the Event of an Interruption of Postal Service

June 30, 2016

Canada Post has announced postal service may be interrupted due to a possible strike or lock-out. This action will impact the MD’s current practice of direct mailing landowner’s notice of planning applications.

The MD of Foothills will post notice of all planning applications in the Western Wheel and on the MD of Foothills website. This includes notices for Land Use Bylaw amendments, development permit decisions, applications for subdivision, appeal hearings for subdivision and development. All requirements under the legislation will be met. 

 

Notice of Public Hearing - Land Use Bylaw

June 29, 2016

The Council of the Municipal District of Foothills No. 31 will hold a public hearing for review of three new Land Use Districts and a number of text amendments to the Land Use Bylaw adopted December 17, 2014 under bylaw 60/2014. This public hearing will be held WEDNESDAY, THE 29th DAY OF JUNE, 2016 at 1:30 P.M. 

Notice of Hearing - pdf  |   More  details here

IDP City of Calgary and MD of Foothills

June 29, 2016

Intermunicipal Development Plan - Municipal District of Foothills and City of Calgary Project Update  - click here

Temporary Road Closure

June 27, 2016

264 St W north of Hwy 546 will be closed Tuesday June 28, 2016 until Tuesday July 5, 2016 for road repair, daily from 8 am - 5 pm. The road will be passable for the long weekend. 

Road Closures - click here

Bear Safety Training for Farm & Ranch Families

June 17, 2016

Southern Alberta Land Trust (SALT) is inviting you, your family, farm/ranch-workers and everyone who is involved in farming/ranching to participate in this workshop on Friday June 17, 1:30 - 5 pm at the Bar U Ranch. Pre-registration is required.

Details here.

TransCanada Donates Land for Training Facility

June 11, 2016

MD of Foothills received a donation of land from TransCanada to support first responders for training facility.

TransCanada, the M.D. of Foothills and the Town of High River have signed a conditional letter of intent relating to the donation of 60 acres of land from the Saddlebrook Industrial Park for the development of an emergency services training centre. The letter of intent allows the M.D. and the Town to begin preliminary planning and designing of the facility in order for the parties to take the necessary steps to finalize the agreements and complete the donation.

Media Release     |     TransCanada Blog

Aldersyde Bulk Fill Station Closed Temporarily

June 2, 2016

The Aldersyde Bulk Fill Station will be closed for paving
Thursday, June 2 at 7:00 am - Saturday, June 4, 7:00 am.

Alternative sites are: Blackie Bulk Fill (coin only), High River (Fire Hall) and Okotoks Public Works Yard.

Changes proposed to Fee Schedule Bylaw 91/2015

June 1, 2016

Council will be considering the amendments to the Bylaw at the regular Council meeting on June 1, 2016.
For more information or to view the 2016 Draft Fee Schedule - click here.

Notice To Ratepayers

May 27, 2016

The 2016 combined Assessment and Tax Notices were mailed on May 27, 2016. For more information - click here

Flood Scoping Study

May 26, 2016

Flood related areas of concern: Highwood River and Little Bow River within the MD of Foothills.

For more information from the open houses or to complete the survey - click here
 

Archie and Janet Hogg Park Reopens

May 20, 2016

On Friday May 20, 2016 at 1pm, 3 years after the 2013 floods, Archie and Janet Hogg Park is re-opening for Overnight Camping and Day Use.

More details here.

Updated Hamlet Boundaries

May 10, 2016

New Hamlet boundaries. To view click here.

Spring/Summer Road Bans

May 9, 2016

Effective Monday, May 9, 2016 @ 9:00 am

Spring/Summer Seasonal Road Bans are in effect. Click here for list and map.

Seaman Sports Park Grand Opening!

April 30, 2016

Join the Millarville Sports Association in conjunction with the MD of Foothills for the Grand Opening of NEW Seaman Sports Park!

Saturday, April 30, 2016  |  Festivities begin at 9:00 am  |  Located just East of Hwy 22 on Hwy 549 East

Visit millarvillesports.ca for more information

Poster - pdf

LRRC Pre-paid Scale Tickets

April 30, 2016

Taking another load to the Foothills Landfill & Resource Recovery Centre (LRRC) again?

Save 25% when you purchase a book of 10 Scale Tickets for the LRRC.
$75/book : Each ticket is valid for one residential load up to 100 kg.
Ticket books are available at:  

  • MD of Foothills, 309 Macleod Trail, High River, AB  T1V 1M7
  • LRRC, scale house

402 Ave W Temporary Road Closure

April 26, 2016

402 Ave W. from 144 St W to 128 St W - CLOSED for a culvert installation on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 08:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m daily.  Work is scheduled to be completed by April 29 at 3:30 p.m. 

Contact M.D. of Foothills No. 31 Public Works Department at 403-652-2390 with any questions.

Okotoks Annexation & IDP

April 20, 2016

OPEN HOUSE

April 20, 2016 | 7 - 9 pm | Foothills Centennial Centre

The Town Okotoks and MD of Foothills have concluded annexation negotiations and come to an agreement.  In addition, the Town and MD will be amending the Intermunicipal Development Plan. The purpose of the open house is to provide updates of the Okotoks - MD of Foothills annexation process along with a brief overview of the agreed upon annexation area. Details of the agreement and information regarding the Intermunicipal Develpment Plan review.  More information.

Foothills & Okotoks IDP

April 20, 2016

Annexation and Intermunicipal Development Plan
Post Open House Qustionnaire

If you attended the open house on Wednesday, April 20, we like to ask you a few questions.

Questionnaire - click here
 

Town of Okotoks and MD of Foothills Reach Annexation Agreement in Principle

April 13, 2016

The Town of Okotoks and the MD of Foothills have agreed, in principle, to an annexation area plus other elements discussed in negotiations on March 29, 2016. The Town and the MD have met 11 times in the past 14 months in mediated sessions to determine the details of this annexation.

Negotiations between the two municipalities began in early 2014 and concluded on March 29, 2016. Okotoks plans to submit its Annexation Application to the Municipal Government Board this summer, allowing the Province to make the annexation official by January 1, 2017.

View full Media Release here - pdf
View Map of annexation area - pdf

498 Ave E - Temporary Road Closures

April 8, 2016

Temporary Road Closures on 498 Ave East between 176 St E and 192 St E (East of Hwy 2, West of Blackie)  April 8- 15, 2016

Altalink will be doing maintenance on their transmission system. Traffic will be halted temporarily for an estimated 5 minutes at a time to allow helicopter overhead work on the sight. Please follow all traffic instructions.

Sheep River Regional Utility Corporation

March 23, 2016

UPDATE

The Town of Turner Valley is pleased to report that the implementation of the Sheep River Regional Utility Corporation (SRRUC) is nearing completion and this municipal corporation will soon take over the administration of the potable water system. The Towns of Black Diamond and Turner Valley have joined with the M.D. of Foothills and the Village of Longview to form a regional utility to operate the supply, treatment and transmission of drinking water to the residents of the respective municipalities. Ownership and administration of the individual piped distribution system will remain with each municipality at this time.

Read the complete update here.

REGIONAL LANDFILL to REOPEN FRIDAY 8:30 am

March 10, 2016

Updated: March 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm

The Foothills Regional Landfill is now closed for the rest of the day due to high winds.

Foothills Regional Landfill will re-open Friday, March 11, 2016 at 8:30 am

City of Calgary and MD of Foothills Intermunicipal Plan

March 8, 2016

Thank you to everyone who came out to our open house on the City of Calgary and MD of Foothills IDP at the DeWinton Community Hall on Wednesday March 2nd. The event was very well attended with about 250 visitors. We received lots of great feedback on the draft maps and policy. If you would like to view the panels from the open house or complete the online survey please visit the IDP project page.

City of Calgary and MD of Foothills Intermunicipal Development Plan project page.

 

Joint Open House

March 2, 2016

Intermunicipal Development Plan
City of Calgary & MD of Foothills

Joint Open House
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
3 - 8 pm
DeWinton Community Hall

more information here

Richardson Ground Squirrel Pest Control

March 2, 2016

2% Liquid Strychnine Concentrate Now Available to BONA FIDE farmers and ranchers within the MD of Foothills.

More information here.

2016 Spring Road Bans

February 25, 2016

Are now in effect as of February 25, 2016 at 9:00 am

Click here for road bans

Streetlight Repair Reporting

February 18, 2016

FortisAlberta has launched a new Streetlight Repair Map. With this map, you can view streetlights in FortisAlberta’s service area and request a repair online within minutes. Streetlight Repair Reporting is found here.

Fire Advisory Notice

February 9, 2016

Fire Advisory: Effective February 9, 2016

Please be advised that a Fire Advisory Notice is in place for the MD of Foothills

Due to the warm, dry windy conditions, MD of Foothills residents are asked to use extreme caution when burning.

Davisburg Bridge over the HIghwood River

January 26, 2016

Davisburg Bridge over the Highwood  on Hwy 552 East of Okotoks will be undergoing repairs from Jan 25-Feb 4. Traffic delays are expected. Please find alternate routes if possible.

Thank You For Helping us Help Others

January 26, 2016

The MD of Foothills staff and council would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who donated their time, energy and money to the 2015 Christmas Family Program. With your help we were able to  help thirteen local families.

We would especially like to thank our donors, who without all of you, this program would not be as successful as it is. Click here for list of donors.

Reeve Spilak now Mayor Spilak

January 6, 2016

The reeve for the MD of Foothills is now a mayor. At the regular council meeting on January 6, 2016, Council of the MD of Foothills voted to change the name of reeve to mayor, with deputy reeve also changing to deputy mayor. Whether called a reeve or a mayor, the duties for the position are the same. With this name switch from reeve to mayor, the M.D. of Foothills joins many other municipalities who have made the change. Read complete media release here.

Business Licence Application

January 1, 2016

All Business Licence applications and renewals are due February 10, 2016. More information, plus application forms here.

2015

Board and Committee Vacancy Applications

December 16, 2015

Positions will be available for Boards and Committees of the Municipal District of Foothills No. 31.

Please follow this link for full details and application form.  Board and Committee Vacancies

MD Administrative Offices

December 16, 2015

Holiday Hours of Operation

Thursday, Dec. 24 - Closed at 12 noon.
Friday, Dec 25 - Closed
Monday, Dec 28 - Closed
Friday, Jan 1 - Closed

Foothills Regional Landfill

December 16, 2015

Holiday Hours of Operation

Thursday, Dec. 24 - Closed at 12 noon
Friday, Dec. 25 - Closed
Saturday, Dec. 26 - Closed
Thursday, Dec. 31 - Closed at 12 noon
Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 - Closed

For more information and rate increases

Council

December 11, 2015

Council Committee of the Whole

Meeting - Friday, December 11, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Council Chambers

Turner Valley Water Treatment Plant Reopens

November 24, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Marks Reopening of Turner Valley Water Treatment Plant

November 24, 2015 Turner Valley – Provincial and Federal dignitaries, including MP John Barlow and Kevin Taron, Manager of Municipal Recovery with the provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs,  were on hand today for the Turner Valley Water Treatment Plant ribbon cutting, signifying completion of critical upgrades to the water treatment system.  The upgrades ensure the water meets the Provincial regulatory requirements for drinking water and provides capacity for the 25-year projected demands of the Towns of Turner Valley and Black Diamond, the Municipal District (MD) of Foothills, and the Village of Longview.  Starting in 2016, the water treatment plant will be operated through the new Sheep River Regional Utility Corporation (SRRUC) currently being established through the Quad Regional Water Partnership (QRWP), a collaboration of all four municipalities. Read more.

Farm/Ranch and Workplace Legislation

November 19, 2015

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR FARM/ RANCH AND WORKPLACE LEGISLATION

The Province of Alberta has proposed new safety legislation for farm and ranch workers.

Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, was introduced in the Alberta Legislature November 18th 2015.

More information here.

2016 Draft Fee Schedule

November 10, 2015

MD Council is considering amending the Fee Schedule Bylaw 63/2015, which establishes the fees, rates and charges for a variety of municipal services. The 2016 Draft Fee Schedule illustrates the existing fees and the proposed amendments to those fees. Council will consider amendments to the Bylaw at the regular Council meeting on December 16, 2015. For more information  - click here.

Public Hearing for draft rural IDP

November 4, 2015 @ 10 AM

The MD of Foothills will be holding a public hearing regarding the draft intermunicipal development plan (IDPs) :

  • M.D. of Foothills and M.D. of Ranchland IDP public hearing Wednesday November 4 beginning at 1:30 PM

For more information or to view the draft plan go to the Current Planning Projects Page.

City of Calgary and M.D. of Foothills Intermunicipal Plan

October 30, 2015

Thanks to everyone who attended the public open house that was put on jointly by the City and the M.D. on October 28th at the DeWinton Community Hall.

Approximately 260 people came out to talk about the Plan, interface issues between the two municipalities, conservation and the environment, transportation and potential long range growth areas for the City.

Many of the visitors to the open house entered the draw with first prize of $100 in gift certificates for the Stockman's Restaurant in Heritage Pointe and two consolation prizes of $50 Cineplex gift cards. The draw will be made by our Reeve on Wednesday November 4th.

For more information on the open house and the Intermunicipal Development Plan project, please visit the project web page here.

IDP City of Calgary & MD of Foothills

October 28, 2015

Joint Open House
October 28, 2015,  3 pm - 8 pm
DeWinton Community Hall

The MD of Foothills and the City of Calgary will be presenting some potential future growth scenarios to the public for feedback. They will also be presenting some ideas for policy that may be contained in the IDP to address issues that were identified at the first open house in June, 2015. More information here.

Road Closure

October 2, 2015

8:00 am,  Hwy 23 will be closed at the railway crossing East of Blackie for Railway Crossing repairs Oct 2 & 3.
Detour will be marked. More road closure information here.
 

TAXES ARE DUE

September 30, 2015

Taxes received after September 30 are subject to a 6% penalty, taxes received after December 31, 2015 are subject to a 12% penalty. For more information on how to pay your taxes - please visit this page

Recycling Roundup

September 26, 2015

One Day Roundup!
Bring your unwanted computers, TVs, old paint and household hazardous waste to:

Black Diamond Transfer Station

Priddis Transfer Station

Saturday September 26
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Complete details here

 

FIRE BAN LIFTED

August 17, 2015

Effective: August 17, 2015 at 10:05 am

As of 10:05 a.m. today in the M.D. of Foothills No. 31, by order of Council, has lifted the fire ban imposed on August 12th, 2015.   All open fires will now be allowed by obtaining a burning permit issued by a Fire Guardian. Fire guardians may request to inspect your burn pile before issuing a burn permit. Burn Permits are available free of charge. More information

Map Books Now Available

July 28, 2015

Map Books are available for purchase for $20 + GST at the M.D. Administration Building. For more information please call 403-652-2341. 

Access to Joint Municipal Building

July 6, 2015

Starting the week of July 6 crews will be performing repairs on the concrete in front of the main entrance to the joint municipal building located at 309 Macleod Trail S.W. The MD of Foothills and Town of High River offices will continue to be accessible through the front doors.

Work is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete (weather dependent).

Please use caution and obey construction signage and barricades when entering the building.

Land Use Bylaw Public Hearing

June 24, 2015

This Public Hearing is being held to make additional amendments to new Land Use Bylaw.  Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm in Council Chambers, MD of Foothills, 309 Macleod Tr. S. High River AB. More information - here.

MD of Foothills and City of Calgary Intermunicipal Development Plan

June 22, 2015

JOINT OPEN HOUSE held June 22, 2015

This joint open house introduced the project and is gathering input from the public with respect to what they may like to see included in, or omitted from the plan. Review the display boards and take the survey. Click Here.

Hwy 2A & Dunbow Rd

June 15, 2015

Installation of traffic signals and street lighting plus intersection improvements and complete reconstruction of 300 metre of Dunbow Rd east of Hwy 2A begins June 15 and will continue until construction is complete August 1, 2015. Please expect delays.

Tax Notices

June 12, 2015

Tax notices have been mailed June 12, 2015. Last day to appeal your assessment is August 19, 2015. More information.

Turner Valley Spray Park Closure

June 11, 2015

Rural-to-Rural Intermunicipal Development Plans

May 20, 2015

The MD of Foothills has joined a group of eight rural municipalities in southern Alberta who have hired the Oldman River Regional Services Commission (ORRSC) to create a series of eleven rural-to-rural intermunicipal development plans.

OPEN HOUSES are scheduled:
Vulcan County and M.D. of Foothills - June 2
M.D. of Willow Creek and M.D. of Foothills - June 9
Wheatland County and M.D. of Foothills - June 10

For more information - click here.

Strychnine Now Available

May 19, 2015

The 2% Liquid Strychnine Concentrate is now available to, “Bonafide” FARMERS and RANCHERS (80 acres or more), within the M.D. of Foothills, through the M.D. of Foothills Agricultural Services Department.

For complete information - click here.

Recreation Survey for Divisions 3, 4 & 5

May 12, 2015

Residents in Divisions 3, 4 & 5 are encouraged to complete a survey about an Active Living Centre in the Seaman Sports Park. For more information and/or to fill out the survey, visit NW Foothills Recreation. The survey will be closed May 31, 2015.

Summer Road Bans

May 11, 2015

Summer Road  Bans are in effect May 11, 2015. For road ban list and other information, click here.

Intermunicipal Development Plan Review On Hold

May 4, 2015

Black Diamond and Turner Valley have requested that the Black Diamond / Turner Valley / MD of Foothills Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) be put on hold. For more details or to read the Public Notice, click here.

Extended Hours at the Landfill

May 4, 2015

May 4 to July 2, 2015

Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Extended hours are for smaller residential loads, leaf and yard waste and recycling.
Large loads will not be accepted after 4:30 pm.
more information

Grass Fire Update

April 17, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015  8:30 am

Fire 1 -  Location:  Hwy 549 & 2311 Dr W

This fire was located on the border between the MD of Foothills and Kananaskis Improvement District, between Highway 549 and 2311 Drive West.

Fire has been knocked down and Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) remained on scene to monitor the situation.

Fire 2 - Location:  N of Okotoks overpass near Hwy 2

This fire has been completely extinguished.

A huge Thank you to all the crews who battled these blazes!


 

Land Use Bylaw

April 7, 2015

ALIGNMENT WITH THE NEW LAND USE BYLAW

The MD of Foothills will be holding ongoing public hearings in 2015 to rezone lands throughout the Municipality to align land uses with the new Land Use Bylaw.

For detailed information, click here.

State of Local Emergency Ended

April 1, 2015

The Municipal District of Foothills No. 31 has ended the State of Local Emergency that was declared in response to the wildland fire in the Blackie area on March 31, 2015.

Media Release

2% Strychnine Availability Delay Update

March 31, 2015

Due to delays in the registration and production of 2% Liquid Strychnine Concentrate no time frame has been provided as to when the product will become available.

For more information click here.

Public Hearings for New Land Use Bylaw Amendments

March 31, 2015 @ 2 PM

The MD of Foothills will be holding a second public hearing to make some minor text amendments to the new Land Use Bylaw as well as some changes to the new Business Park District land use rules. 

A hearing was held March 11, 2015, however due to an error in the notice of hearing advertisement, we are required to re-advertise and re-open the public hearing.

The second hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 @ 2:00 pm in the Council Chambers, Joint Administration Building, 309 Macleod Tr. S., High River, Alberta. 

Public Hearings 
LUB Hearing Notice information

LUB content amendments
LUB Business Park District amendments

Town of Okotoks & MD of Foothills Appoint Mediators

March 20, 2015

The Town of Okotoks and the MD of Foothills have appointed two mediators. Click here for Press Release

Fire Advisory Notice

March 13, 2015 @ 11 AM

Fire Advisory Notice
Please keep in mind the dry cured grass is very flammable.
Effective Date: March 10, 2015

A Very High Fire hazard is forecasted for all grass areas outside of the Forest Protection Boundaries.

Very high rates of fire spread are expected in windy conditions in any grass fuel type in snow free areas.

With the cured grass and the winds that we are experiencing in the Calgary Wildfire Management Area (CWMA), Extreme Caution is advised.

More information.

2015 Spring Road Bans

February 24, 2015 @ 4 PM

The 2015 Spring Road Ban list is now available.
Road Bans take effect March 2, 2015.
Click here for more information.

Free Working Well Workshops

January 28, 2015

The MD of Foothills, along with the Working Well Program, presents two free workshops. February 10th and March 5th.
Click here for more info.

Business License Renewals Now Due

January 22, 2015

All Business License renewals and new applications need to be submitted with the required fee to our Business Licensing Officer by February 10, 2015. Click here for details.

Transmission Line Construction Activities in the MD

January 20, 2015

If you live near a transmission line under construction, you may notice helicopter activity and/or hear explosive sounds produced by implosive connectors. Power line construction for the next 6-8 weeks east of High River. More information.

Early Tax Payment

January 1, 2015 @ 10 AM

If you prepay your 2015 property taxes you will receive a discount.
More Information

2014

2014 MD Maps Now Available!

December 31, 2014 @ 1 AM

Pick up a new MD map at the administration building in High River for only $15 + gst. Available either flat or folded.

Property Tax Notice

November 26, 2014

Taxes were due September 30th. Taxes received after September 30th are subject to a 6% penalty, taxes received after December 31st are subject to a 12% penalty.
More information

2015 Draft Fee Schedule

November 19, 2014

Proposed Changes to Fee Schedule Bylaw 58/2014

2015 Draft Fee Schedule - pdf

The Council of the MD of Foothills No. 31 will consider amending the Fee Schedule Bylaw 58/2014, which establishes the fees, rates and charges for a variety of municipal services. The 2015 Draft Fee Schedule (above) illustrates the existing fees and the proposed amendments to those fees. Council will consider the amendments to the Bylaw at the regular Council meeting on December 17th, 2014.

Members of the public that have comments or concerns regarding the proposed amendment the Fee Schedule Bylaw can provide those comments or concerns in writing to the MD of Foothills Office by December 16th, 2014. All written comments provided will be made part of the public record and must be received either by mail, hand delivery or by fax, no comments via telephone or email will be accepted.

Please mail or deliver comments regarding Fee Schedule Bylaw 2015 to:
The Municipal District of Foothills No. 31
309 Macleod Trail, Box 5605, High River, AB T1V 1M7

Please fax comments regarding the Fee Schedule Bylaw 2015 to:
403-652-7880

1st Anniversary Celebration

November 15, 2014 @ 12 AM , News

Scott Seaman Sports Rink is Celebrating its 1st Anniversary

Join us Saturday, November 15  for a Community Skate at 3-5 pm, followed by a fun hockey game with the Drillers VS MD Foothills Firefighters. Door prizes, free hotdogs and cake.

Understanding Backpack Papers

October 26, 2014 @ 1 PM , Okotoks LIbrary

Workshop for ESL parents or caregivers.

  • Learn About:
  • School agendas
  • Communications books
  • consent forms
  • newsletters.

For more information and to register, call 403.652.5090 or visit www.liftforlife.com

Click here to download a printable PDF with this information

Fish Creek Ranch (FCR) truck bulk fill station is now open.

October 23, 2014

Operating 7 days a week, the station is credit card operated, with the cost of water $5.00 per cubic metre. Located at the intersection of 194 Ave W and 368 St W, the FCR bulk fill station is 5.5 km south of Highway 22 on Highway 762, East on 194 Ave W to 368 St W.

Okotoks Western Wheel

October 1, 2014

Changes in delivery October 1, 2014

MD landowners have been receiving complimentary subscriptions to the Okotoks Western Wheel for many years. Most landowners will continue to receive the Okotoks Western Wheel through Canada Post's unaddressed admail program. Unfortunately, due to significant increases in postal rates landowners who do not live within the MD will no longer receive a complimentary weekly paper. To those landowners outside of the MD; you will be receiving a letter from the Western Wheel announcing the end of your subscription. If you wish to continue receiving the paper, you may subscribe to the Western Wheel or read it online for free.

Summer Newsletter, Issue 27

June 1, 2014

The MD News is published twice a year. It is mailed to all MD residents.
Get your online and downloadable version of the Summer 2014 Newsletter Here (PDF)

2013

Winter Newsletter, Issue 26

November 1, 2013

The MD News is published twice a year. It is mailed to all MD residents.
Get your online and downloadable version of the Winter 2013 Newsletter Here (PDF)

2012

Foothills-Okotoks Regional Field House Structure Collapses During Construction

December 20, 2012


The Regional Field House structure being built by Scott Builders Inc. collapsed Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 8:32 am. No one was injured. Further information here.

Ground Breaking Ceremony for a New Salvage Centre Construction

August 23, 2012

Ground Breaking Ceremony for a New Salvage Centre Construction of the new building is expected to be complete by the end of October 2012.

Bylaw Officer Rod Lazenby dead

August 10, 2012

MD Foothills-Okotoks Regional Field House Ground Breaking Ceremony:

July 1, 2012

MD Foothills-Okotoks Regional Indoor Field House Contract Awarded

June 1, 2012

Construction to start mid July, 2012. Download full news release.