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Council briefs: Aug. 25

Zoning bylaw simplified

A zoning bylaw update aiming to simplify the process for owners to make changes to their properties went to a public hearing Aug. 25.

The hearing was preceded by a public meeting where people could ask questions about the proposed new zoning bylaw.

There was no public comment on the bylaw at the hearing, and the update received third reading from council.

Phase one of the update to the city’s bylaw, which regulates land use in the city, is now pending final reading.

 

Budget amendment

Council approved a budget amendment to reflect a $5.5 million payment to the Abbotsford Heat.

Once the anchor tenant of the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre – now renamed the Abbotsford Centre – the Calgary Flames-affiliated team’s contract was terminated in April when Mayor Bruce Banman announced that the city would pay the team to end the remaining five years of the 10-year supply fee agreement signed in 2009.

A city report says the one-time payment was made from the city’s 2014 unappropriated reserves and will not have an impact on property tax.

 

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