A new set of communications materials will soon be available for Wheatland County ratepayers. The three sets of guidelines are meant to clarify the planning and development process, approval of land use bylaw amendments, subdivision applications and public hearing guidelines.

Kim Sandbeck, Wheatland County’s development officer explained the introduction of the new materials to county council during the regular meeting of November 6.

“Today we are introducing some communication materials for the county website and the county administration office to assist the public regarding the planning and development process,” said Sandbeck.

She noted that the information was presented to council at a planning and priorities meeting and during a committee of the whole meeting. There are three sets of guidelines that were presented – the guidelines for redesignation and subdivision, the subdivision and development appeal board guidelines, and the public hearing process guidelines.

“The communication materials provide the public easier access to the process of submitting planning applications, and assists with understanding the different meetings and committees that review and decide on planning applications,” said Sandbeck.

For example, the public hearing process booklet explains how the public hearing process works and how the meetings are conducted.

She noted that if approved that day, the staff will be in contact with the county’s communications officer to have the documents branded, done into booklets and be at the front counter for the public to view.

“I really like the idea of this,” said councillor Scott Klassen.

Reeve Amber Link said that council appreciates the work that staff completed on the documents. “I think it will make the processes a little more user-friendly for our ratepayers, and more transparent,”she said.

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