Smoking By-Law:

The citizens of St. Albert have spoken. The majority of residents believe the current by-law in place should remain, as it exists. I do not support bringing this issue back for further review.



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Platform and Policies

  1. Transportation
    • The Western By-Pass
    • Traffic Safety
    • Quality of Existing Roads
    • Public Transportation
  2. Relationships with Other Governments
    • Surrounding Communities
    • Annexation by Edmonton
  3. Public Safety
    • Property Crime
    • Drug Activity
    • Traffic Safety
  4. Facilities
    • Youth and Disabled Citizens’ Needs
    • Affordable Housing
    • City Hall and Library
    • Multipurpose Leisure Centre
  5. Other Issues
    • Property Taxes/Tax Base
    • Land Use/Development
    • Environment

Visionary Summary:

I personally believe that St. Albert is a unique community with a very desirable quality of life and that the City must have a Mayor and Councillors with vision, energy, and commitment to maintaining and improving our current life style. I believe when faced with choices we must make them with the fundamentals in mind of safety, security, freedom, affordability, quality of life and family values.

Over the next several years St. Albert has the opportunity to transform itself into a truly “sustainable community”- a community that improves our quality of life, honors our commitment to the environment, and brings recognition and opportunities to our city far beyond what we have seen in the past. We need to clearly define what a “ sustainable community of the future ” means for our citizens. This can only be done by addressing the needs of the young, of the elderly, of those growing up in our community, of those who wish to remain living in our community, and of those who wish to move here. We need to better address the needs of our seniors and the growing number of St. Albert residents who are becoming seniors each year.

We need to review our existing infrastructure, the future infrastructure and transportation requirements, while also being careful stewards of our natural environment. We must always nurture and build relationships with surrounding communities. They are our only neighbors, which means a commitment to on-going communication and discussion.


Policy Statements: Transportation

With the Western By-Pass having received approvals, St. Albert needs to proceed with construction and completion of the roadway. At the same time, we need a review of our overall transportation strategy and policy implementation. St. Albert cannot afford to ever again find itself in a 20-year process of decision-making on a particular issue.

We require a “fast track” process for getting safety/traffic lights installed in areas where local residents have identified a safety concern. We must also continue the process of slowing down traffic speeds within St. Albert, making our city an even safer place to live.

We must have a comprehensive review of the program for repair and maintenance of our roadways and streets. There are some concerns that we are not able to keep up with the maintenance requirements. The infrastructure study currently being completed will form the basis for change.

We must review our public transportation – assessing whether the needs of a growing St. Albert are being met. This is especially important as trends in cities are indicating there is increasing reliance on public transportation systems for people of all ages,


Policy Statements: Relationships with other Governments

St. Albert's council must move toward a “working together” approach to resolving differences with our neighbors – the surrounding counties, cities and municipalities. A confrontational approach can only result in harm to the citizens of St. Albert and those of surrounding communities. Restoring these relationships must be a priority.

St. Albert must oppose any process taken by the City of Edmonton to begin an annexation plan of incorporating St. Albert into Edmonton.

The fundamental principles and specific direction areas defined in the Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) are sound and should continue to be the template for growth and development planning.


Policy Statements: Public Safety

  • Policing and Law Enforcement:
    • Property crimes in St. Albert are increasing at a rate of 20% per year. We must find ways to reverse this trend. While we are fortunate to have our policing needs provided by the RCMP, we need to support those programs consistent with effective policing, law enforcement, crime prevention and safety.
    • Drug offenses have increased by 27% over the past year. This trend threatens the true fabric of our community and requires additional diligence to curb this activity.
    • The continuing trend of traffic safety violations must be maintained. A reduction of 16% of violations in this area over the past year is encouraging.


Policy Statements: Facilities

If St. Albert is to maintain its desirable standard of living, our planning and decision making for future facility requirements needs to be improved and handled professionally.

  • Youth and Disabled Citizen's Needs : In a truly “sustainable community” we must provide for those “in need”. Individuals in need are often required to seek emergency assistance in Edmonton, which can isolate individuals from their friends, family, and our community. This can be a prescription for failure and we need programs to “help our own”. We must regularly assess the needs of all the associations for disabled and review the needs for our communities' youth, in particular, access to emergency support and shelter.

  • Affordable Housing : City leadership must understand that an affluent community and affordable housing are not mutually exclusive. The sustainable St. Albert of the future embraces the needs of all in our lifelong housing requirements. A comprehensive study was completed by the Affordable Housing Advisory Board in August 2004 and the key recommendations within that report need to be assessed and appropriately acted upon. Important elements of this will be adequate land annexation, proper zoning plans, and development direction for a variety of housing opportunities to close the gap in the housing continuum. Issues such as entry-level housing and housing for seniors must be addressed.

  • City Hall and Library : While certain changes to City Hall may be required, if additional space is required due to growing needs, we must review if it is possible to relocate some current tenants to other locations. The Library, City Hall, and the vacated RCMP building must all be assessed for use and need.

  • Proposed Multipurpose Leisure Centre : While I personally plan to vote YES to the plebiscite, the decision itself is where it belongs - in the hands of the people. If the voters should decide to vote to proceed with this facility, key issues need to be better understood:

    • We need to understand what the impact will be on property taxes and for how long property owners are required to pay this tax.
    • We need to fully understand what processes will be put in place to ensure the Leisure Centre operates at an operating profit.
    • We need to be more understanding of parking, access, egress and congestion


Policy Statements: Other Issues

Property Taxes/Tax Base:

  • It is not possible to determine tax rates and the need for an expanded tax base if we do not have a sufficient long term plan, a commitment to improving our city, and a plan to create a truly sustainable community. This planning, this commitment and this vision must come first. It is certain that the trend of taxation is not sustainable and that debt reduction is a key factor that must be planned for.

Land Use/Development:

  • Without an agreed-to plan, we will continue to ricochet from one issue to another. As we develop a sustainable city, we need to create a long-term plan that citizens understand and support, take action against the plan, and keep all stakeholders informed of our progress. Council must be committed to regularly communicating with the residents of St. Albert and our neighbors more comprehensively.
  • There is inadequate commercial zoning to sustain the growth rate of St. Albert.

Environment:

  • We have the opportunity in St. Albert to commit our city to being a truly “sustainable” community. This commitment will not only improve our quality of life, it will bring recognition to the city and opportunities to consult with other role model cities throughout North America on how to best achieve these enviable conditions.
  • I believe we must continue the process that has begun to designate the Big Lake area as a Provincial Park. The opportunities in this initiative are immense.
  • I believe we must sustain and preserve the quality of the Sturgeon River ecosystem.