Inside Council Chambers


Inside Council Chambers is a brief summary of the items discussed at the most recent City Council and Committee of the Whole meetings. Podcasts are also available for the latest council meetings.

Please note: This is not the official City of Spruce Grove council meeting minutes. Please refer to Meeting Agendas and Minutes to view agendas, all supporting documents, and official meeting minutes that have been approved by City Council. 



Highlights from March 20, 2017

RCMP update External

Inspector Rob Hill, Officer in Charge of the Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP detachment, presented an update of the activities within the RCMP detachment area to City Council. The inspector provides an update to City Council twice each year.

Environmental Sustainability Action Plan Mid-Process Review External

City administration presented a progress report on the Environmental Sustainability Action Plan (ESAP), highlighting a number of goals that have been achieved and plans for future City programming and initiatives. Approved in 2011, the ESAP serves as a ten year guiding document for the City.

Highlights from March 13, 2017

Parameters regarding City resources in 2017 election campaigns External

Administration presented Policy 6,039 Use of Municipal Resources for Election Campaigns to City Council. The intent of this policy is to ensure that all candidates are treated the same through the municipal election process, City employees remain neutral during work hours and that the City conducts an election without influence. As presented, the policy introduces new concepts and reinforces established City practices.

City Council directed administration further consider the policy and to bring it back to council for approval at a later date.

Bylaw C-989-17 Election Bylaw External

In preparation of the 2017 municipal election, City administration recommended that the Election Bylaw be revised to allow voting stations to open earlier and remain open longer than during previous election years. First and second reading were given to Bylaw C-989-17. Third reading will be considered during a future council meeting.

Wind mitigation initiative at Fuhr Sports Park External

The wind mitigation initiative at Fuhr Sports Park was reconsidered by City Council. Council directed that the wind mitigation initiative, as currently presented, not be included in the 2017-2019 Corporate Plan.

Bylaw C-985-16 Land Use Bylaw Amendment External
Redistricting Harvest Ridge Stage 18

A public hearing was held for Bylaw C-985-16 External, a proposed amendment to the Land Use Bylaw that would redistrict 12.88 hectares of land from urban reserve (UR) to mixed low to medium density residential (R1), parks and recreation (P1) and natural areas (P2). Second reading was given to Bylaw C-985-16. Third reading will be considered during a future council meeting.

Bylaw C-991-17 Land Use Bylaw Amendment External
Redistricting Tonewood Stage 7

First reading was given to Bylaw C-991-17, a proposed amendment to the Land Use Bylaw that would redistrict 0.84 hectares of land from urban reserve (UR) to mixed low to medium density residential (R1). If approved, this amendment would allow for the development of Tonewood Stage 7. A public hearing on the bylaw will be held during a future council meeting before second and third reading is considered.

CCBA board of directors and 2017 budget approved by City Council External

The City Centre Business Association's proposed board of directors and 2017 budget was approved by City Council.

Board appointments

Jeff Nixon External was re-appointed to the Horizon Stage Theatre Advisory Board for a second three-year term, ending Sept. 9, 2019.

Task Force on Mayoralty Status established

Daniel Doornekamp, James Trodden and Susan Ullyot were appointed to the Task Force on Mayoralty Status External. This task force will review the status of the office of the mayor and its remuneration and provide its recommendation to council in April 2017.

Highlights from Feb. 27, 2017

Strengthening relationships with Aboriginal residents External

Spruce Grove Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) provided City Council with an update on the development of the New Beginnings - An Indigenous Engagement Improvement Strategy. It is expected that once completed, this document will outline a strategic plan to removing barriers and strengthening relationships with urban Aboriginal residents and surrounding communities.

Bylaw C-990-17 - Supplementary Assessment Bylaw External

First and second reading were given to Bylaw C-990-17, which if approved will authorize supplementary assessments of new improvements for taxation in 2017. Third reading will be considered at a future council meeting. For more information about property tax assessment and supplementary assessments.

City assessor re-appointed for seven year term External

Troy Birtles was re-appointed as the City's assessor for a seven year term. Spruce Grove contracts the services of an accredited assessor who works independent from the City to prepare unbiased assessments.