Bylaws & Policies

New and Proposed Bylaws

Numerous bylaws get passed over the course of the year. In some cases extra advertising and/or feedback will be required. In these cases the bylaw will be advertised in the media and posted here for further review.

NEW BYLAW - Flashing Green Light Bylaw

The Town of Edson has joined a growing list of communities that has passed a Flashing Green Light Bylaw. Council gave all three readings to Bylaw 2253, the Flashing Green Light Bylaw at their February 2nd, 2021 Council meeting.

The Traffic Safety Act allows for a municipal Council to pass a bylaw allowing for authorized firefighters to display a flashing green light while responding to an emergency. In Edson’s case, the green lights would be used for our volunteer firefighters responding to the firehall. There are no changes to the fire apparatus, which utilize the standard red lights.

The purpose of the bylaw is to enhance public safety and awareness by identifying Edson Firefighters who are in the process of responding to the hall. The bylaw does not give any special privileges or powers to those responding volunteers, but gives other motorists and pedestrians notice that there is an emergency taking place and to yield if it is safe to do so.

Please watch for our responders utilizing these new lights and keep our roads safe for all users.

Edson West Area Structure Plan Bylaw 2251

The Municipal Government Act (MGA) identifies the following as statutory plans: Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP), Municipal Development Plan (MDP), Area Structure Plan (ASP), and Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP). The MGA provides that statutory plans adopted by a municipality must be consistent with one another. Therefore, it is the Town of Edson's responsibility to follow the planning hierarchy and relationship of statutory plans that the MGA identified, ensuring each plan will be consistent with the plans above it and, in the event of an inconsistency, which provisions in what plan will prevail.

In reviewing Edson’s statutory plans, inconsistencies were found in the Edson West Area Structure Plan (ASP) adopted in 2013 upon the Edson Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) adopted in 2017. The misalignments have been adressed in Bylaw 2251. The amendments also updated and incorporate any changes that may occur over time, enhance clarity, and apply planning best practices and principles, where applicable.

Council passed third reading at their March 16th, 2021 meeting.

Bylaw 2251 impacted area
Bylaw 2251 impacted area

Mandatory Facial Covering Bylaw

Updated April 1st, 2021

Mandatory Facial Covering Bylaw

The Town of Edson's Mandatory Facial Covering Bylaw has expired.

However, as the Provincial Health Orders that are in place include masking, this means no changes to masking in our community.

Masks are still required in all indoor public places, places of worship, and indoor workplaces. https://www.alberta.ca/masks.aspx

NEW Bylaw 2249 - Non-residential Property Taxation Incentive Program

At the August 18th, 2020 Town council meeting, All three readings of the Non-Residential Property Tax Incentive Program Bylaw were passed, repealing the previous version. The purpose of the incentive is to encourage new development and redevelopment of non-residential properties within the Town and to encourage economic growth.

This program is for new development, additions, renovations, or expansions (permanent), with the assessed value being greater than or equal to a 25% increase over the previous assessment. The tax exemption would apply to increase in assessment only.

The period of tax exemption is five (5) years pro-rated as follows:

 

Frequently Requested Bylaws / Policies

Our most frequently requested bylaws are listed below for quick access.  If you are searching for a bylaw that is not listed, please visit our Bylaws and Policies Centre or contact the Town Office at (780) 723-4401.

Our Planning and Offsite Levy Policies can also be found in the Bylaws and Policies Centre