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2017 September

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1. Municipal Administrator's Corner

Key tasks in September and October

  • September
    • On or before September 15, complete and send Interim Education Property Tax Return (Form H1) to the school divisions and the Ministry of Government Relations.
    • The municipality may determine the cut-off date for supplementary assessments, which may not be earlier than September 30.
    • If you have not already done so, after receipt of the board of revision decisions:
      • Amend and close your assessment roll; and
      • Complete the annual assessment return and submit it to SAMA.
  • October
    • On or before October 1, municipalities other than resort villages shall forward their annual maintenance list to SAMA.

Remember that a detailed legislative and operational calendar is available online on www.saskatchewan.ca.

Revised Guides Now Available

A Municipal Administrators’ Resource Guide was e-mailed to towns, villages, and RMs on August 16, 2017 and can also be found in the Saskatchewan Publications website.

A new Organized Hamlet Guide is also available on the Government of Saskatchewan website.

Training for Board of Revision Members and Secretaries

Government Relations completed a pilot project in webinar training for board of revision members and secretaries. Two taped webinars are available for viewing online.

The webinar for board of revision members covers:

  • role of the board;
  • appeal process;
  • conducting a fair hearing; and
  • decisions of the board.

The webinar for board of revision secretaries covers:

  • role of the secretary;
  • legislated deadlines;
  • appeal process; and
  • rules about evidence.

You will be required to register for the webinar when you click on the link.

Remember that an updated board of revision manual to help board members and secretaries understand their roles in the assessment process is available online.

New LAFOIP Resources

Recorded webinar training about The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LAFOIP) is available online. The webinar covers:

  • access requests;
  • privacy breaches;
  • the Information and Privacy Commissioner; and
  • balancing the public and the private.

The Information and Privacy Commissioner’s office developed a blog about municipal responsibilities under LAFOIP. The blog includes links to short resources for elected officials.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner posts Review Reports about the complaints they receive. Reviewing these reports will help you respond to access to information requests from ratepayers and elected officials.

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2. Attend Workshop about Municipal Responsibility for Water/Sewer Work

Elected leaders, chief administrative officials, and administrators are invited to attend an all-day workshop to learn about a municipality’s responsibility concerning its water/sewer works.

The workshops are hosted by the Water Security Agency, in cooperation with the Urban Municipal Administrators’ Association of Saskatchewan (UMAAS) and the Rural Municipal Administrators’ Association (RMAA). At the workshop, you will learn about topics such as:

  • legislation, standards and requirements;
  • construction and operation permits;
  • compliance inspections;
  • monthly review of records;
  • upset reporting and consumer reporting; and
  • where to find more information.

The cost of this workshop is $85 plus GST. Registrations must be received before October 2. To register, download this form and submit both the completed registration form and fee to the person listed beside the location where you wish to take the workshop.

Date City Workshop Location Send registration/fee to:
Tuesday
October 17
North Battleford Don Ross Centre
(Room 107)
Aileen Garret
UMAAS Dir. Div. 4
Box 1030, Unity, SK S0K 4L0
Wednesday
October 18
Prince Albert Prince Albert Inn
(Salon A)
Richard Dolezsar
UMAAS Exec. Director
Box 730, Hudson Bay, SK S0E 0Y0
Thursday
October 19
Saskatoon Saskatoon Travelodge Jason Chomeyko
UMAAS President
Box 220, Wynyard, SK S0A 4T0
Tuesday
October 24
Swift Current Day’s Inn (AB Room) Don McLeod
UMAAS Dir. Div. 2
Box 428, Maple Creek, SK S0N 1T0
Wednesday
October 25
Regina Regina Travelodge Rodney Audette
UMAAS Past President
Box 67, Bethune, SK S0G 0H0
Thursday
October 26
Weyburn Weyburn Travelodge Chris Costley
UMAAS Vice-President
Box 370, Mossbank, SK S0H 3G0
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3. The New Canadian Free Trade Agreement and Saskatchewan Municipalities

Back in 2014, the Premiers directed trade ministers to make improvements to the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). Those improvements are now complete.

The AIT will be replaced with the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) which took effect July 1, 2017. This new agreement reduces the confusion of the previous agreement.

Since municipalities already operate under the obligations of the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA), there should be few changes required for your operations with respect to the new CFTA obligations.

There are both general and specific rules for municipalities to follow, as shown in the examples below:

  • General rule: there must be non-discrimination when issuing permits to prevent local preference or residency requirements.
  • Specific rule: procurement must be open, transparent and non-discriminatory for goods and services over $100,000 and construction over $250,000.

The full text of the CFTA can be found online.

The province plans to hold technical briefings this fall that will fully explain obligations under the CFTA. Dates will be announced in a future Municipalities Today newsletter.

If you have questions about CFTA or know of an upcoming event that your organization would like a presentation on the CFTA, please contact Arla Cameron at 306-787-2171 or arla.cameron@gov.sk.ca.

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4. Ask a Planner

Going forward, Municipalities Today will have a new column called “Ask a Planner”.  The Community Planning branch will answer some of the most commonly asked questions they have received.  

This month’s questions:“What are official community plans and zoning bylaws? Why should my municipality have them?”

Official community plans and zoning bylaws provide a comprehensive policy framework to guide a municipality’s growth and development:

  • An official community plan (OCP) is a policy document that identifies council’s objectives for development within the municipality.  
  • A zoning bylaw (ZB) is the primary legal and administrative means of implementing the OCP. 
  • A ZB divides a municipality into zoning districts and permits council to set local standards to regulate the development and use of land in those districts.

All new OCPs and ZBs must be consistent with The Planning and Development Act, 2007 (PDA) and The Statements of Provincial Interest Regulations (SPI).  The Community Planning branch reviews all new planning bylaws to ensure compliance with the PDA and SPI.

Municipalities face a number of challenges, including aging infrastructure, the high cost of service delivery, population growth or decline, and citizen engagement.  Fortunately, by using planning bylaws, municipalities can address these challenges.  OCPs and ZBs allow a municipality to:

  • Create certainty for local and regional investment;
  • Reduce future infrastructure costs by coordinating and phasing infrastructure investment;
  • Protect development from natural and human made hazards;
  • Separate incompatible land uses;
  • Inform and engage citizens and investors; and
  • Manage unsightly development through enforcement provisions.

Municipalities are encouraged to contact the Community Planning branch if they have any questions regarding OCPs or ZBs.  Additional information, such as the process for adopting planning bylaws, can also be found by visiting Community Planning, Land Use and Development on the province’s website.

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