The Town of Blackfalds hosted the second Open House on the Northwest Area Master Stormwater Management Plan on June 27. The evening featured a presentation on the updated plan followed by an in-depth question and answer session with content experts and presented an opportunity for public input on this project.
During the question and answer period the following information was presented and is stated below for clarification:
A statement made at the Open House may have been interpreted to indicate that Lacombe County Council endorsed the Northwest Stormwater Plan. This was not the intent. Rather, the statement should have been that Lacombe County administration, through recent discussions with Town of Blackfalds administration, supports the concept of developing of a Lacombe Lake Management Plan with lake stakeholders.
“Over the past year, the Town has worked with its partners and stakeholders to address concerns and issues brought forth from the June 2017 Open House,” stated Town of Blackfalds Mayor, Richard Poole. He added, “Town and County Councils will continue dialogue on this important project.”
“While the administrations of Lacombe County and the Town of Blackfalds have discussed the concept of a Blackfalds NW Area Stormwater Management project or plan, Lacombe County Council has not discussed or endorsed it in any capacity,” said Reeve Law. “Relationships between municipalities play a crucial role in future plans and projects, and we appreciate the Town of Blackfalds helping to publically clear up any misconceptions that stemmed from the public meeting.”
The proposed design has been completed to meet or exceed Alberta Environment and Parks’ standards for stormwater management design. The Northwest Area Master Stormwater Management Plan for the Town of Blackfalds aligns with the Wolf Creek and Whelp Brook Watershed Master Drainage Plan, developed to protect this important watershed, which was adopted regionally in 2014 through a partnership between the County of Lacombe, the Town of Blackfalds, the City of Lacombe and Ponoka County.