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No. The Town will not be capping the number of cannabis retail stores in the area. Council feels that the Market will dictate the number of stores in the Town.
No. Like liquor stores in Town of Slave Lake, there will be no setback requirements between retailers.
At this time council is not considering additional setback requirements between cannabis stores and other uses. (I.E, Parks, Public Open Spaces, Trails, Libraries, Government Buildings, etc. )
Council is presently considering a 50m setback from all schools, future school sites, and provincial health care facilities.
Yes. You will need a Development permit, as well as any applicable federal and/or provincial approvals and licences.
The Town of Slave Lake will be accepting applications for cannabis retail stores on October 1st 2018.
Where an applicant provides all of the required information, a permit can be issued within a couple of weeks.
However, where a use is listed as discretionary, the process involves notification to adjacent landowners, which provides 21 days for a potential appeal. The Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) must review these applications as well.
Once you have your provincial license, and after you have received the required permits from the Town of Slave Lake, you may begin construction on a retail space.
Please refer to the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission for information regarding the provincial licensing process.
The specific reasons for a home to experience flooding have to be investigated on a case-by-case basis. Possible causes could be foundation wall seepage, failure of a backwater valve or sump pump, excessive flows the sump pump cannot handle, and/or excessive street flooding.
Yes, The town's sanitary sewer system is not designed to handle the additional burden of stormwater.
Good lot grading keeps surface water away from your home and your weeping tile system. Ideally a lot should be sloped steeply away from the home in a way that allows surface water to flow onto town property (e. g. , streets and lanes), rather than onto a neighbouring property. A disconnected downspout and sump pump should discharge at least 15 feet away from the home to ensure water does not seep down the side of the house and into the home's weeping tile.
Because sanitary sewers are not watertight, stormwater can get into the sanitary sewer in a number of ways:
Also, during larger storm events, much more water pools on the surface than normal. This can cause an increased amount of water to enter the sanitary sewer.
Check your own lot grading. Most homes over five years have settlement around the foundation walls. Remember, downspouts only pick up roof drainage. If both houses have proper slope away and proper drainage swales then the discharge of the downspout and/or sump pump would be directed off the lot. Have you ever considered where your surface runoff would go if your neighbour's house was not there?
A new house built in an older area is called in-fill housing. In these cases, the builders must conform to the provisions of the Property Drainage Bylaw and the Development Standards and Procedures, which prohibits drainage onto adjacent properties. Matching the existing grade at the common property line is normal practice for these developments. Adjacent homeowners must consider their own grading.
They should be aware that under the Property Drainage Bylaw and the Development Standards and Procedures, new homes are required to have a 5% slope away from the foundation walls.
Check your own lot grading and foundation drainage. Then speak with your neighbour. Remember, surface water will follow the grade of least resistance. If you have a poor or negative grade, the surface water will flow towards your foundation wall increasing the risk of basement flooding.
Effective side-lot drainage requires the co-operation of both property owners. Check your own lot grading and foundation drainage, then speak with your neighbour. Ask them if they can construct a retaining wall to catch the surface drainage, or re-direct the downspout discharge or sump pump discharge to force the surface drainage to flow toward the front street or back lane.
It is your obligation to maintain the lot grading in perpetuity regardless of natural settlement or activity caused by yourself or damage by a 3rd party.
Property owners are required to ensure that others do not trespass and damage grading on your private property. The Town of Slave Lake is unable to enforce or police such actions or determine cause or fault. That would require a civil action suit against the offending party or you as the owner should consult with the offending party and advise of the damage. You may also wish to consult with the Builder's Warranty program if damage by a 3rd party is covered.
No. An Alberta land surveyor and/or an engineer can produce the lot grading certificate.
As a general rule, the acceptable amount of topsoil that should be placed on top of the rough grade is about 10 to 15 centimeters (4 to 6 inches), and you should follow the same slopes that your Builder has established for the rough grade.
No. If you are placing rock mulch or bark mulch, the clay base (rough grade) should be raised to the final grade level before placing any decorative material. The grade should be raised with clay, topsoil, or compacted “road crush” gravel. This is important for internal swales.
No. An appointment is not necessary.
No. A lot grading letter will be provided to the land owner shortly after the inspection. Should there be any corrective actions noted in the letter, a deadline will be provided to correct the lot grading deficiencies, and another lot grading inspection will be required. You can call 780-849-8004 to discuss items on the letter.
Yes. However, workload volumes make it difficult for the lot grading inspectors to schedule meetings, since they're usually arranged on short notice. If arranged in advance, the inspector may be able to call a half-hour before arriving on site. You can request a meeting by calling 780-849-8004.
It is the recommendation of the Town of Slave Lake Lot Grading Inspector, that you do not plant flowers, or install flower beds until after the inspector has conducted your lot grading inspection.
In your Lot Grading Letter a timeline will be outlined for the correction of any outstanding deficiencies.. If an inspection occurs late in the season, the due date for correction is automatically adjusted to the following year.
You need to adjust the grade levels where indicated on the lot grading letter. You can call 780-849-8004 for an explanation, or inquire in person at the Town of Slave Lake Office (Located at 10 Main Street S.W.) or refer to the Guide to Lot Grading handbook.
Some repairs may be as simple as adding some topsoil to a low area, or as complex as removing sod and lowering the soil to repair a high area.
You may also wish to consult a lot grading specialist.
No. If the inspector finds a concern or problem with the final grade, he or she will identify the deficiency and specify the location on the lot grading inspection letter.. Only the specified location requires improvement, and may require the removal of sod to correct the deficiency.
No there is no costs for the first two lot grading inspections. However any lot grading inspections thereafter are at a charge of $125.00 per inspection.
Yes. Any settlement should be repaired. However, you don't need to reschedule the inspection. The inspector will identify the areas that require your attention. Your grading will not usually fail for minor rain damage, such as erosion channels at the downspout locations.
The Town must be able to inspect the lot grades and compare the Lot Grading Certificate with the physical site conditions before we can issue a letter with respect to compliance.
As such, inspections will not be conducted during winter months due to frost and snow i.e. Nov 1st to May 31st . The process of frost heaving can alter the overall appearance of your lot, therefore leading to a misrepresentation of your actual grades.
Assessment Appeal Fees:
$50.00 per tax roll for residential properties with 3 or less dwelling units or farm properties.
$650.00 per tax roll for residential properties with 4 or more dwelling units.
$650.00 per tax roll for non-residential properties.
$30.00 per tax roll for Tax Notices other than Business.
$650.00 per tax roll for Linear property-Property Generation
$50.00 per Linear Property Assessment Unit Identification for Linear property Other
$650.00 for Equalized Assessment
Note: under the Municipal Government Act, Section 460(6). “There is no right to make a complaint about any tax rate..” This means that you cannot appeal your taxes because you feel that they are too high. You only may appeal the assessment.To avoid penalty charges, you must first pay your taxes by June 30th EVEN if you plan to appeal your assessment.
If you are still certain that your assessment does not reflect what your property would likely sell for on the open market, you may file a written appeal to Assessment Review Board. On the back of your Combined Assessment and Tax Notice it shows the deadlines and steps you must take to file a formal complaint.
$650.00 per tax roll for residential properties with 4 or more dwelling units
$50.00 per Linear Property Assessment Unit Identification for Linear property Other
Note: under the Municipal Government Act, Section 460(6). “There is no right to make a complaint about any tax rate..” This means that you cannot appeal your taxes because you feel that they are too high. You only may appeal the assessment. To avoid penalty charges, you must first pay your taxes by June 30th EVEN if you plan to appeal your assessment.
TIPP is a program available to property owners which allows you to pay your property tax on a monthly basis rather than in a lump sum payment. Monthly payments are automatically withdrawn from your bank account ( Other options available). TIPP can make budgeting easier and minimizes the risk of late payment penalties. Certain conditions apply to qualify for the TIPP program.
As long as you have an account in good standing and ALL prior amounts owing are fully paid you may qualify to enter the TIPP program.
For property owners who are NOT currently on TIPP, they may wish to consider signing up for TIPP as an alternative payment method to paying a lump sum.
Payment using the TIPP program
Assuming you qualify and can start in June the payments required would be spread out from June until December. A $3,100 tax notice due by August 31st , 2020, could instead be paid in monthly installments of $443 over the period of June to December. This does require payments be made in June, July and August, however using this method only $1,329 is paid by August with the remaining amounts paid September to December. Other conditions apply if you are interested in the TIPP program please contact us.
This means you are enrolled in our TIPP(Tax Installment Payment) program. Unless directed by you, in writing, no less than 10 days in advance of the next payment date, to cancel this plan it will continue on as normal. If you choose to cancel your monthly payments, the remaining amount owing can be paid any time before August 31, 2020 without penalty. Please contact the Town office for the form required to cancel.
This means you are enrolled in our TIPP (Tax Installment Payment) program. Unless directed by you, in writing, no less than 10 days in advance of the next payment date, to cancel this plan it will continue on as normal. If you choose to cancel your monthly payments, the remaining amount owing can be paid any time before August 31, 2020 without penalty. Please contact the Town office for the form required to cancel. If you wish to continue paying the municipal portion and lower your monthly payments to defer the education portion please contact the Town office.
For more information on the TIPP program please contact our office, (Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) by calling 780-849-8000. We can be reached by email at email@example.com.
The terms and amounts laid out in the contract will remain as written in the contract. Please contact the Town to discuss your options.
Tax notices will be mailed/emailed on Friday, May 1st, 2020.
The Town has always mailed a paper copy to each property owner in prior years. This year (2020) if you have ALREADY signed up for digital paperless billing you will receive a copy of your tax notice via email. If you would like to receive a paper copy of your tax notice please contact us at 780-849-8000 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are NOT already signed up for digital paperless billing you will receive a copy of your notice in the mail. If you do not receive a copy of your tax notice either by mail or email please contact us. A tax notice is deemed to have been received 7 days after it is sent.
How can I pay my taxes?
The Town offers multiple options to pay your tax bill.
Accepted methods of payment at this time are:
Town of Slave LakeP.O. Box 1030Slave Lake, AB T0G2A0
RBC, Scotia Bank, Servus Credit Union, ATB, CIBC, TD, BMO, TANGERINE
Please contact the bank if you require assistance in setting up payments online.
If you have any questions or require further assistance, please contact the Town Office at 780-849-8000. We can be reached by email at email@example.com.
Taxes are due June 30th, 2020.
The amount is still considered due, however there will be no penalties applied for non-payment until September 1st, 2020. This effectively means that you have until August 31st, 2020 to pay your taxes. This deferral program applies to both Residential and Non-Residential property owners in the Town of Slave Lake.
Yes. We are encouraging everyone who has the means and ability to pay taxes prior to August 31st, 2020 to do so. In doing so you will be helping to minimize the cash flow challenges facing the municipality.
Penalty dates have been adjusted for the 2020 year. The new dates are September 1st, 2020, October 1st, 2020 and January 1st, 2021.
Rates for penalties have been adjusted for the 2020 year. The rate charged on September 1st, 2020 is 2%. The rate charged on October 1, 2020 is 2%. The rate charged on January 1st remains at 10%.
The September and October penalties are applied to the portion of unpaid taxes for the current 2020 year. The January rate is applied to the total outstanding balance of all taxes owing.
Property Owner A does not pay his 2020 taxes. What are the applicable penalties for the 2020 year?
2020 tax levy = $3,100. This levy is due June 30th, 2020. No payments are made in 2020.
On September 1st, 2020 a penalty is applied. Unpaid taxes ($3,100) x 2% = $62 penalty.
On October 1st, 2020 a penalty is applied. Unpaid taxes ($3,162) x 2% = $63 penalty.
On January 1st, 2021 a penalty is applied. 2020 outstanding balance ($3,100+$62+$63) = Total outstanding balance of $3,225 x 10% = $323 penalty.
Property Owner B did not pay his 2020 taxes on June 30th, 2020 but made the payment in full prior to September 1st, 2020 :
2020 tax levy = $3,100. This levy is due June 30th 2020. No payments are made until August 31st, 2020.
On August 31st, 2020, a payment of $3,100 is made to the Town. All of the taxes were paid prior to September 1st and are not subject to penalty.
The Province has given municipalities two acceptable approaches to implementing the education property tax deferral for Non-Residential owners.
Approach 1 was to defer six months worth of education property taxes for the period April 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020.
Approach 2 was to take a combined deferral of both municipal and education property tax.
The Town of Slave Lake has taken approach number 2 to offer a more favorable deferral program to our residents. All taxes have an effective due date of August 31, 2020. This is a 62 day deferral on ALL (Municipal, School, Seniors, Other) taxes owing.
The Province requires the educational property tax for municipalities be remitted every March, June, September and December. The Town collects this tax on behalf of the Province, every year, through our yearly tax bill that is normally due June 30th. In the event the Town does not receive payment from property owners for this requisition by June 30th, the Town must still remit to the Province the requested amounts. This year the Province will be lowering the amount municipalities must remit for June and September however, the amount deferred must be remitted in December. This can create cash flow problems for the Town and is why we are encouraging all property owners who have the means and ability to pay their taxes by June to do so.
The invoice is still due on the date specified on each invoice.
The amount is still considered in arrears. There will be NO penalty applied for non-payment on the account until the June invoice that is due July 24th.
No. All penalties have been suspended for all overdue accounts until the June invoice due July 24th.
Penalties will be applied on all overdue accounts on July 24th.
No. The Town will not disconnect service to residents who are currently unable to pay their utility invoice.
The Town offers multiple options to pay your bill.
If you have any questions please contact the Town Office at 780-849-8000.
Local Authorities Election Act, Section 47
A person is eligible to vote in an election held pursuant to this Act if the person:
Note: An elector is eligible to vote only at the voting station for the voting subdivision in which the elector's place of residence is located on election day (exceptions: where a voting station is located at a work site; advance vote; incapacitated elector voting at home; institutional vote, and those election officials who have been provided a certificate).
Local Authorities Election Act, Section 53
Every person who attends at a voting station for the purpose of voting must be permitted to vote if the person:
A person may validate the person's identity and the address of the person's residence by producing one of the following:
i. operator/driver’s license;
ii. government photo identification card (for non-drivers); or
i. utility bill, e.g. telephone, public utilities commission, television, hydro, gas or water;
ii. bank/credit card statement or personal cheque;
iii. correspondence issued by a school, college or university;
iv. government cheque or cheque stub;
v. income/property tax assessment notice;
vi. insurance policy or coverage card;
vii. pension plan statement of benefits, contributions or participation; or
viii. one of the following, issued by the responsible authority of a shelter or soup kitchen:
Local Authorities Election Act, Section 48
A person’s place of residence for this Act is governed by the following rules:
A person shall designate the person's place of residence in accordance with the following factors in the following order of priority:
School Act, Section 44 (4); Local Authorities Election Act, Section 47, 53, 59, 78
On the Voting Register, prescribed Form 8, LGS0758 (2013/04) there is a Statement of Elector Eligibility.
In jurisdictions where there are two school districts, in order to receive a ballot for school board trustee, a voter is required to check one of two boxes: a Public School Trustee or a Separate School Trustee.
It is important for a voter to understand:
All electors are eligible to vote at the advance voting opportunity.
2021 Municipal Election Advance Voting will be held on the following dates and locations:
October 8th 10AM-4PM at the Town Office: 10 Main Street SW Box 1030 Slave Lake, AB T0G 2A0.
October 9th 10AM-2PM at the Town Office: 10 Main Street SW Box 1030 Slave Lake, AB T0G 2A0.
An elector who (a) is confined to a treatment centre (hospital) in the local jurisdiction, or (b) is a resident in a supportive living facility in the local jurisdiction, that is established as an institutional voting station for the election is eligible to vote at the institutional voting station.
These locations still need to be finalized. Notice will be given to the facilities prior to the Institutional voting day.
If an elector does not understand the English language, an interpreter may translate the "Instructions for Electors" as well as respond to questions from the elector that are necessary for the purposes of the election. Before acting as an interpreter, it is required that the person make a statement on the prescribed form; this is the Statement of Interpreter, Elector Who is Unable to Vote in the Usual Manner, Friend or Relative of Elector Who is Unable to Vote in the Usual Manner (Form 17RSE).
If an elector is unable to vote in the usual manner, they may request assistance. This assistance may be provided by a Deputy Returning Officer, a friend, or a relative. The elector must verbally make the prescribed statement which is the Statement of Interpreter, Elector Who is Unable to Vote in the Usual Manner, Friend or Relative of Elector Who is Unable to Vote in the Usual Manner (Form 17RSE). The friend or relative of the elector is also required to make the Statement of Interpreter, Elector Who is Unable to Vote in the Usual Manner, Friend or Relative of Elector Who is Unable to Vote in the Usual Manner (Form 17RSE).
Local Authorities Election Act, Section 55, 56, 57
Voting is by secret ballot.
Except as permitted in the case of an incapacitated elector, no other person shall be in the voting compartment with the elector.
Except as permitted in the case of an incapacitated elector, no person shall be in a position where he/she is able to see how the elector marks the ballot.
It is an offence for an elector to show his ballot so another person can see how he/she voted, except as permitted in the case of an incapacitated elector.
No person shall be required to reveal how he/she has voted.
An elector may not vote for more than the number of persons to be elected to an office.
If applicable, an elector may vote once on each bylaw or question.
An elector may vote only once in an election.