Public hearing clarified on proposed learning centre in Ponoka

The Town of Ponoka has clarified the process regarding the public hearing on the new learning centre.

The Town of Ponoka has clarified the process regarding the public hearing related to the proposed land-use bylaw changes for the learning centre site.

That public hearing is set for June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Ponoka County council chambers to give members of the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed land-use bylaw amendments.

“While the public hearing will follow legally-required processes under the Municipal Government Act (MGA), it will be informal in style,” states a release from the town. “Any person wishing to speak at the public hearing will be asked to state their name and address for the record.”

Submissions considered will be those made in person or by an agent representing another person who claims to be affected by the proposal. There are some requirements to ensure the correct process is followed.

“The agent is required to provide written authorization in legible writing, which has been signed by the person giving the authorization to the agent to speak on their behalf,” explains the release.

“The written authorization must include the agent’s full name and the proposed matter being spoken to by the agent.”

For written submissions, the deadline is set for no later than June 7 at 4 p.m.

Tim Schmidt, director of planning and development, says in the release that the hearing is an opportunity to speak directly to council regarding the proposed amendments.

“Inquiries and comments pertaining to the lease agreement or borrowing bylaw associated with the Community Learning Centre project may be made through direct contact with administration at the town office,” he explained.

Correction to last week’s story: The subdivision authority story on the latter half of page three of the May 31 edition of Ponoka News stated the proposed subdivision development authority goes to PCPS. That is incorrect. The proposal states that development authority would fall to the town CAO or designate. We apologize for the error.