Question: Where is the Chamber of Commerce office and who can answer some questions for me? Answer: The Chamber of Commerce is located at Bay A1 - 510 Country Lane Mall on Highway #1, Strathmore Alberta. To contact the Chamber of Commerce please call 403-901-3175 or email at email@example.com
Question: Is it possible to host a charity car wash event on Town Property? Answer: If you are planning to locate your event (car wash) on a Municipal Park parking lot you will be required to:
Register the name of your organization with the Town, providing a contact name, home phone number, cell phone number or, email address in the e... [more]
Question: Just wondering if there is any bylaw preventing one from resurrecting a Flag pole in and on my own Strathmore Property Answer: At this time, the Town of Strathmore has no Land Use bylaws concerning flag poles.
Please be advised that the homeowner should call 1-800-242-3447 (Alberta 1st Call) to have them locate any underground utilities, before they dig t... [more]
Question: Whose responsibility is it to mow and cut the grass in the alleys and along my property? Answer: It is the home owners responsibility to mow grass along their property and in the alleys directly adjacent to their properties.
Question: Is there a public bus service to Calgary? Answer: Cardinal Coach Lines has a commuter service that travels from Strathmore to Calgary, Monday to Friday with the exception of statutory holidays. For more information call 403-531-3940
Question: How is the budget established for the sanitary sewer system? Answer: The total cost of operating the system, treatment of the waste water and disposal is divided by the estimated water being delivered to the customer. This rate than is the rate applied to recover the costs of operating the sewer system.
2012 WATER, SANITA... [more]
Question: How are sewer rates established? Answer: The sanitary sewer rate is intended to recover the cost of:
(a) Treating the waste water to an acceptable level as determined by Alberta Environment.
(b) Maintaining the network of the sanitary sewer collection system withi... [more]
Question: Who is responsible for Sidewalk/boulevard snow clearing in front of my home and business? Answer: The Town of Strathmore is not responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks or boulevards other than adjacent to Town Property. Property owners are responsible to remove snow from these areas and not placing snow on the roadways as per Bylaw #03-09
Question: How are Mobile Homes Assessed? Answer: Mobile homes are assessed in the same manner as other residential properties, market value based upon comparative sales up to July 1st of the previous year. For example the assessment on your 2012 Assessment Notice is determined using sales of comparative... [more]
Question: How do I file an assessment appeal?
Answer: Speak to one of the Town’s Assessors (Phone 403-934-3133 and ask for Property Assessment). The assessor may be able to resolve your complaint.
A complaint to the Assessment Review Board may be made only by an assessed person or taxpayer, and may be... [more]
Question: How Do Renovations Or Additions Affect My Assessment?
Answer: Your assessment is based on typical market value, so any significant changes to your home will likely increase its market value. Therefore, your assessment will increase.
Question: How does supplementary assessment and tax work? Answer: Town of Strathmore has passed a bylaw that allows it to assess improvements added to land after the December 31st condition date, and collect property taxes on them for a portion of the current year. To do this, the assessor for the municipality mus... [more]
Question: How does the assessor arrive at the value for my property?
Answer: Legislation requires that real property be assessed at its market value. Assessors track sales in the same and similar neighbourhoods to estimate the market value of real property. Adjustments may be made to the assessed value for influences such as locat... [more]
Question: If I do not agree with my assessment, what should I do? Answer: If you do not agree with your property assessment contact the Town of Strathmore Assessment Department to schedule an appointment to review your assessment with them. The Assessment Department would be pleased to explain your assessment to you and p... [more]
Question: I undestand there is a place on the town website where we can access the assessed values of other homes in Strathmore can you direct me on how I can do that?? Answer: To access this section of the website please use the Virtual Town Hall link on the right hand navigation bar on the home page of the Town of Strathmore website. Click on the link and follow it through to the Property Search where you can search properties... [more]
Question: What are the classes of Assessment?
Answer: The four main assessment classes are:
Farmland: Land used for farming operations is assessed at a Regulated Value. The current base rate for the agricultural use value of farmland is set at $350 / Acre for Dry Arable or Pasture Land and is ... [more]
Question: What is market value of a property?
Answer: Market value is defined "as the amount that a property might be expected to realize if it is sold on the open market by a willing seller to a willing buyer." (M.G.A. Section 1(n)) The market value date is as of July 1st, the year proceedin... [more]
Question: What is regulated value mean?
Answer: Regulated value is based on rates established annually by Alberta Municipal Affairs, Assessment Services Branch, and published in the Alberta Farmland Assessment Manual, the Alberta Machinery and Equipment Assessment Manual and the Alberta Linear Property... [more]
Question: Does somebody selling door-to-door need a business license? Answer: Yes, anyone doing business in the Town of Strathmore requires a business license. Anyone wishing to verify if a door to door salesperson has a current valid business license can contact the Town Office during business hours at 403 934-3133 and speak with ... [more]
Question: If I want to operate a home-based business, do I need a business license? Answer: Yes, if you want to operate a home-based business, you will require a business license. You may either have to apply for an Office in the Home permit, or Home Craft permit as well. More information on these permit can be found here.
How is a Bylaw amended/revised?
A proposed amendment to a Bylaw must be done by writing a new Bylaw to put forward the amendment/revision. This Bylaw then requires three readings before the amendment is in force.
Question: Where can I find all the list of bylaws for the Town of Strathmore and definitions? Answer: The Town of Strathmore Bylaws can all be located on the website. From the home page, the top navigation bar ( far right hand side), click Town Council and the drop down menu will display Bylaws, click that icon. You can always utilize the Search engi... [more]
How are Bylaw Repealed/Rescinded?
A Bylaw is repealed or rescinded when a new Bylaw is struck to replace an existing one. Council may also pass a Bylaw to rescind Bylaws that are no longer enforceable or outdated.
Why are Bylaws subject to more than one reading and what is the process?
All Bylaws must have three readings prior to the Bylaw being enacted (becoming law). All three readings can be given at the same meeting only if Council passes a motion giving unanimous consent for third and final reading. Land Use Bylaws, S... [more]
What is a consolidated Bylaw?
Council may authorize the consolidation of a Bylaw after the original Bylaw has been subject to multiple revisions/amendments. A new Bylaw is struck "consolidating" the original Bylaw and all of the revisions/amendments into one document. The new Byla... [more]
Question: When are town council meetings? Answer: Town Council Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. The meetings are at the Town Office in the Council Chambers and begin at 7:30 p.m.
Question: What is legal non-conforming use? Can a legal non-conforming building be enlarged or expanded under the provisions of the Municipal Government Act? How is a legal non-conforming use status lost? Answer: Municipal Government Act Section 616 ( r)
“non-conforming use” means a lawful specific use:
(i) being made of land or a building or intended to be made of a building lawfully under construction at the date a land use bylaw affect... [more]
Question: What is the process for a Redisgnation of Land Use? Answer:
The applicant submits a request for rezoning, along with a $1000.00 payment for first ten acres plus $5.50 eadh additional acre. The Bylaw must receive First Reading and be referred to a Public Hearing. The Bylaw is advertised for two... [more]
Question: Who can apply to redisgnate the Land Use of a property? Answer: A property owner or an agent authorized to work on behalf of the owner has the right to apply for a redesignation of land use. Under the Rules of Natural Justice, everyone has a right to a fair hearing.
Question: When do I need a development permit?
Answer: Development permits are required to regulate the use of land and buildings in accordance with the Town of Strathmore’s Land Use Bylaw and the Municipal Government Act. A development permit is required for most new construction, signs, home base... [more]
Question: I note the max height of a flag pole to be no more than 33 feet. Is there a minimum distance it can be from the neighbors property line and residence. Answer: The Town would recommend following the development setbacks of the Land Use Bylaw for an accessory use of the particular zoning of your lot. We would also recommend as a neighborly gesture that you talk with your neighbors to ensure that they are no... [more]
Question: How do I find my property lines? Answer: The Town of Strathmore has a pin finder that can be signed out to locate your boundary markings.
Alternatively, if you have a current Real Property Report, you can measure from the corners of your home’s foundation to locate your boundary... [more]
Question: How do I get a copy of my Real Property Report? Answer:
You can contact the Town of Strathmore office by calling 403-934-3133 and ask for Betty Ann with the address of the property and they can check if there is a copy of the Real Property Report in the legal file. Only the current hom... [more]
Question: What are the requirements to join the Town of Strathmore Fire Department as a Firefighter that responds to emergency calls? Answer: Be a minimum of Eighteen (18) years of age at the time of application.
Have obtained a minimum grade 12 or equivalent.
Be a resident of the Town of Strathmore or work in the area and are able to respond promptly ... [more]
Question: Where is the town fire station and do we have a full time Fire Chief? Answer: The Town of Strathmore Fire Station is located on Lakeside Boulevard and have a full time Fire Chief Muir Furzer. He can be contacted at 403-934-3022.
Question: Do you have additional garbage bag tags available other than at the Town office? Answer: The Town of Strathmore has additional garbage bag tags available for purchase during office hours and are available at our Recycle Facility which has extended hours. Please call 934-0087 for their schedule. You can also either, call the to... [more]
Question: I have old gasoline I need to discard of – can I put it down the drain? Answer: No harzardous waste can be discharged into the sewer system. Contact the Recycle Facility as to the most suitable way to dispose of these materials. Please refer to our website Sanitary Sewer ByLaw #95-34 Section 401 for a list of items not to put down th... [more]
Question: Can you please let me know what the pick up dates are and who can use the service? Answer: The HIG dates are on the website. From the home page use the top navigation bar and click on Town Services, run your mouse down the list to Utilities and click on that icon. On the utilities home page click on garbage collection schedule and HIG dates. Yo... [more]
Question: What if I have more than 3 bags of garbage? Answer: If you require to disgard more than 3 bags of garbage on any given pick up day, you can purchase additional tags that need to be placed on every additional bag. Garbage tags may be purchased at the Town Office for $2.00 per tag during regular office hours... [more]
Question: What is HIG, what are the fees and what can I put out? Answer: Heavy item garbage must be marked with bright H.I.G stickers, which are available from the town office. Heavy item garbage is to be placed at the location of your regular garbage pick up and must be out before 7.00 am on the Monday of pick up week.
What ... [more]
Question: When is Heavy Item Garbage pickup? Answer: HIG is collected 5 times a year – in the months of March, May, July, September & November – these dates are posted on you utility bill inserts and by clicking here.
Question: How do I find out what day is my garbage day? Answer: Monday – Brentwood, Strathaven, Crystal Ridge
Tuesday – Aspen Creek, Hillview, Thorncliff, Centre Street- West , Glenwood, Wildflower, The Ranch
Thursday – Cambridge Glen, Grande Point Estates, Green Meadow, Madison Court, Maplewood
Question: Where and when do I put out my items for HIG Answer: Items must be out at 7:00 am on the Monday of the Heavy Item Garbage week – it will be all collected throughout the week. Citizens are reminded to affix HIG stickers to all items that are required to be picked up. HIG stickers can be obtained a... [more]
Question: How many dogs can I have in the town limits? Answer: The Town of Strathmore has a Bylaw to respond to this question. Bylaw states: No person shall keep, own, harbour, suffer, permit more than three (3) dogs over the age of 6 months in any land, house, shelter, room, place building structure of premises with... [more]
Question: Can I park my motor home on the street in front of my home for a week? Answer: Under Bylaw 06-18 Section 1304, No person is allowed to have an unattached trailer parked on any street within the Town limits.The Trailer must be attached to a Motor Vehicle at all times.The fine for having an unattached trailer on a street is $50.00 for... [more]