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Statics are one of the important measures we look at as we consider what restrictions to add, ease or lift. While the Provincial regulations are enforced by us, we don’t determine those regulations. We continue to watch our local numbers regularly and are pleased that our numbers are ¼ of what was expected in last month’s modelling. We felt that now was an appropriate time to relax some of our current restrictions, a process which actually began at the beginning of the month. Of course, our local CHEMA works closely with Alberta Health Services on this.
No. Communities all around Calgary are in the first stage of the Relaunch, not just Chestermere. Calgary does have a couple of weeks to keep reducing their curve and we are working with our businesses to ensure that all business can maintain proper distancing, sanitation measures, and other important safety protocols. Retail is allowed to open in Calgary on May 14 but restaurants cannot open for 10 more days. We will be working with our enforcement and safety team to ensure that businesses can operate safely and within their capacity guidelines. Regulations still exist for all businesses opening and just because a Calgarian may come to Chestermere to visit one of our businesses, doesn’t mean they don’t have to follow the rules. And we are certain that our local businesses will welcome some Calgarians to safely visit their establishment.
No. This isn’t legally permitted. Chestermere Lake is owned by the Western Irrigation District and under the guidance of the federal Navigable Waters Act, which means that we cannot discriminate against those using the Lake by where they live. We are limited in our ability to control who can access and use it but we are putting in other measures to keep people safe when launching a boat or on the water. For details on the boat launch, visit www.chestermere.ca/boats.
We are seeing about ¼ of the infections initially projected for us. The Province provides public available data that we use in our analysis. The “4 down 1 up” is just one measure used in all communities to gauge success of “flattening the curve”. Our recovery rate is about 2.5x our current active cases. At CHEMA we do receive additional information from various sources and government agencies to help manage this pandemic emergency. We have been advocating for the province to release more information as well.
Yes if they want to, and they must do so under the provincial guidance and local regulations.
Yes. Restaurants can open starting on May 14, with capacity restrictions, physical distancing and hygiene guidelines. Our businesses are listed on our interactive website and as we get confirmation from restaurants, we will update the map.
It’s not a particular time, but more about statistics and numbers and safety.
Community gardens are open and we will be having our Parks Department collaborate with the community on safe ways to participate in community gardening.
The Emergency Management Team is currently working on that program. Stay tuned for more details and guidelines in the coming weeks.
Yes. And as of May 7, the dog pebble beach has reopened. Rules remain in effect, do not gather in groups larger than 15 and maintain at least 2 meters of distance from anyone you do not live with. Trails and pathways also remain open under these same regulations.
Yes, as long as you stay a minimum of 2 metres from any person who does not live in your household.
Yes, CHEMA has lifted the restriction on public use of sports fields. While organized sports are still prohibited, families can play with their kids and friends. Rules remain in effect. Parents are responsible for their children and they must ensure that the rules are followed for everyone’s own safety. Parents must responsibly and closely monitor their children, and encourage them to practice safe physical distancing and not congregate (no more than 15 people gathered in one outdoor space), the Chestermere Emergency Management Agency (CHEMA) feels a sports field can be an open and safe place to run around and play, so long as the rules are followed.
Yes. If you are not in self-isolation/quarantine, you can walk, bike, rollerblade or scoot your way around the community. You must still give others at least 2 metres of space when passing them. A reminder that paths also have pedestrians. Please ride responsibly. The max speed permitted on a pathway is 10km.
No. Not at this time. Picnics invite gathering and to avoid having people meet in large groups, picnics in our parks and facilities are not permitted. Picnic tables and benches are common touch points, so they are not to be used. However, you can enjoy a picnic on your own property.
We are very proud of our Chestermere Family Bike Park and the amazing facility that it is! However, because it is such a great place, it is a very popular site and in nice weather it can become very busy. To avoid exposing our youth and kids to large gatherings, we have decided to close the Park for the time being.
No. A previous CHEMA order had suspended activities on the lake until June 1. That order is now rescinded. The Provincial government has advised CHEMA that it is closely examining ways in which our summer time activities, including lake activities, can be done safely in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. That said, rental of lake activity equipment as well as any lessons related to lake activities is currently prohibited by the Province. Also, group lake activities such as ski and sailing schools are also prohibited at this time. However, families can use their own equipment and enjoy the lake. The City’s boat launch will be open to the public on May 29. There will be increased sanitization and distancing measures in place, and a daily limit on the number of boats permitted through the launch until the end of June. These measures are set to keep visitors and staff safe. More details about the boat launch are available at www.chestermere.ca/boats.
We are hoping to get more guidelines from the Province on that, but don’t have any information yet. However, we do recognize that it would be challenging to be socially distant with people on a boat so we take that into consideration as we work on our local regulations.
Yes. CHEMA lifted its restriction on golf some time ago and the Province has now allowed golf courses to open under increased sanitation measures. CHEMA has worked with the golf course on developing enhanced safety measures which are now in place.
Yes. Inside your home, any current permanent residents along with members of your immediate family and any assigned caregiver can congregate together, as long as the total number of people inside the home does not exceed 15. Immediate Family members refers to a person’s spouse, children, parent, stepparent, grandparent, grandchildren, guardian, adult interdependent partner, sibling, and spouse and children of a sibling.
Yes. Contractors for household maintenance are permitted in a permanent dwelling provided they have been pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms by the homeowner, using these questions and they must wear a mask while conducting business inside the dwelling.
Yes. You should avoid gatherings, but you can stop to talk to a few people (so long as you are at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with).
CHEMA’s guidelines restrict gatherings any larger than 15 people and require everyone to be at least 2 metres away from each other. Gatherings are not recommended, and the Chestermere Emergency Management Agency (CHEMA) suggests finding alternate ways to celebrate. However, if you must meet with a few others, keep the group as small as possible, do not share any items and set 2 metre limits clearly so others can observe physical distancing.
Yes, as long as everyone is at least 2 metres apart and there are no more than 15 people congregating.
If necessary, Yes. But, caution is urged. Everyone must be at least 2 metres apart at all times, including when entering the yard. Any items that are touched (gate handle) should be sanitized before and after use. A maximum of 15 people is permitted. There are safe ways to have such gatherings, but know that community transmission from such gatherings is suspected to have resulted in COVID-19 transmission in Canada.
No. Garage sales can be very busy with many people gathering and touching common surfaces, so they are prohibited during the pandemic.
No. These events require many people touching many items and are not considered to be a safe practice during the pandemic.
No. While spring is usually a great time for farmers’ markets, lemonade stands and other fun activities, by their nature they invite people to the same spot who would be touching the same items. Therefore, this is not permitted at this time.
If you can keep them at home, do so, to limit the number of people entering the business.
Yes, we strongly recommend wearing a mask, particularly when in crowded spaces like grocery stores or other businesses. Masks are required when you are a client in a business that cannot maintain 2 meters of physical distancing (such as at a salon).
Check out the listing on our website here. If your company is supplying or selling masks, email email@example.com to have your business added.
The vast majority of regulations regarding COVID-19 and ways to be safe during the pandemic are from the Province. Our local orders are currently set until June 30th and will be monitored and reviewed up to and after that date. The Chestermere Emergency Management team is in regular communication with numerous health and government officials and agencies and it monitors the statistics and provincial updates daily. If it is deemed safe, the regulations could be lifted, or amended.
During a state of local emergency, City Council empowers the Chestermere Emergency Management Agency (CHEMA) in our city to make the decisions they deem necessary to protect our community. Orders are reviewed by a legal team and supported by City Council. Check the link on this page for a list of which level of government looks after each components of a pandemic. CHEMA is led by the Director of Emergency Management (DEM) who signs all Orders. All communities must have such a position and such a person must be trained and experienced in the position. In Chestermere’s case, the Director of Emergency Management also happens to be the City’s CAO. At this time, he is working full-time on both positions.
Regulations vary. The Provincial and Federal Government are responsible for province-wide and nation-wide restrictions, and municipalities have the responsibility to manage their own local community via states of emergency. In some cases, the Provincial and Federal Orders are more strict, and in some communities, the local authority imposes additional regulations based on their circumstances. A local authority can strengthen provincial regulations or add community specific rules, but they cannot relax a provincial or federal regulation. The Chestermere Emergency Management Agency carefully considers how best to protect everyone in our community and has implemented additional measures to keep our citizens safe. While some communities are experiencing major outbreaks, we are thankful that our measures are working to keep our confirmed cases low and our community safe. You can see our comparative statistics with regional cases here.
We have a potential site at the Recreation Centre for a drive through testing site. AHS has visited the site and have it listed as a potential location if needed. All of this is determined by AHS and CHEMA will support their efforts if a testing site is initiated.
You may access the City of Chestermere Land Use bylaw on the city’s website. Part four of the land use bylaw speaks about development applications and enumerates specific types of work that do not require a development permit.
Seniors can contact Alberta Seniors and Community Support toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or the Ministry’s website for more information on:•Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors program•The Alberta Seniors Benefit•Other provincial programs and services for seniors Ministry Website
No. Alcohol consumption on a vessel is prohibited unless it was manufactured with sleeping quarters, meal preparation area (galley), a built in lavatory/washroom, and is moored for the evening.
Yes. Impaired driving laws under the Criminal Code extend to vessels in waterways, train operation, and aircraft operation. Possession of liquor in a vessel is also prohibited and subject to seizure and a fine under the Gaming and Liquor Act.
Yes. The portion of the lake North of the causeway has a speed limit of 12km/hr. The remainder of the lake has a 10km/hr speed limit within 30 meters of shore.
Yes. You are obligated to provide proof of operator competency (pleasure craft operator license), proof of ownership (vessel licencing), and must produce all required safety equipment. If you refuse to cooperate, the police may board your vessel to check for these items and if required order you to leave the lake. Violations for non compliance may also result in a court appearance and fines.
No. You cannot tow a person after dark.
You may only have as many people as you have seats which does not exceed the recommended weight for your vessel. This includes any persons towed by your vessel.
Yes, as long as you have a spotter on your PWC and an additional seat for each towed person.
** All persons who operate a pleasure craft regardless of age require a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, or in the case of a rental has received appropriate instruction **
Under 12 years of age with no direct supervision: May operate a boat up to 10hp (7.5kW) engine power.
Ages 12 to under 16 with no direct supervision: May operate a boat up to 40hp (30kW) engine power.
Under 16 years of age, regardless of supervision: May not operate a Personal Watercraft (PWC)
16 years of age or older: No horsepower restrictions.
Under the Council tab, you will find a link to minutes under Council Meetings. This page gives you a list of the most recent minutes approved by Council.
You can find that on our Civic Alerts page
Download the Chestermere Recycles App or view our PDF map for the garbage pickup schedule.
Yes! Our Community Services Department offers a variety of programming opportunities for everyone from infants to seniors. Please call 403-207-7060 for the latest available programs or check out our Community Services webpage.
Yes. Download the Chestermere Recycles App to find out what goes in your Blue Bin or can be dropped off at the Eco Centre.
The City issues utility bills for water, wastewater (sewage), garbage & recycling services every month. You can pay through pre-authorized payments, through online/telephone banking, mail or credit card online. Visit our utilities billing & account page to learn more.
Yes. Permits are issued through the Development Services Department. Visit their webpage to learn more about the permits you will need to do any construction on your home.
The Parent & Caregiver Support Services is the new division that will carry out the new Spoke Services under the Family Resource Network model, and will be providing free, universal skill-building and educational programs, information, and resources to support and meet the needs of parents and families in Chestermere.
Given the current pandemic situation we have not been able to confirm our spacing needs, and what our presence will look like at Chestermere’s City Hall. What we can confirm is that our programs will be delivered in a variety of ways, and settings. We will be offering virtual programs, and using technology to provide support and information to parents and families.
When the pandemic is over, and social distancing measures lifted, we will be offering off-site learning opportunities for families at different locations and time of day throughout Chestermere.
No. The Family Resource Network model follows the new Well-Being & Resiliency Framework, and so the programs and services will look different. The Parent & Caregiver Support Services team will be delivering a variety of universal, community-based informational and skill-building programs, and resources designed for parents and families with children 0-13 years of age.
The Aspen Commons Family Resource Hub will be providing additional supports and services for families in Chestermere, and other communities that are included in our region including Strathmore, Wheatland County, and SE Rocky View.
They will offer a broad spectrum of prevention programs to intensive services for families with children 0-18 years of age, for example play-based learning for children. To learn more about their programs and services please visit: https://www.aspenfamily.org/programs/frnchestermere-strathmore
We will be providing virtual learning opportunities for families in the coming weeks through Skype, and WebEx, and also providing pre-recorded videos for families to watch with information and strategies to support you and your family during COVID-19. We will also be regularly posting helpful resources, articles, and links on our website and Facebook page. In addition, we will also be rolling out an online Ages & Stages Questionnaire database where families can complete a developmental screen for their child (0-60 months of age) on their smart phone, tablet or computer.
We are also available or over the phone support from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, or via email. Families are welcome to call us at (403) 207-7050 to connect with one of our helpful and experienced Caregiver Support Facilitators.
To check out our new website and list of helpful resources please visit: www.chestermere.ca/pcss (we will be updating our website and Facebook page on a daily basis)
We will be offering a variety of universal, curriculum-based programs including the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), the Psychology Foundation of Canada’s Kids Have Stress Too program, developmental screening including Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Circle of Security, and an emotional literacy program which helps caregivers and children how to increase their ability to independently problem solve, improve friendship skills, enhance positive behaviours and regulate their emotions, using the evidence-based PATHS®, and Social-Thinking Curriculums.
In addition to these programs we will provide ongoing access to information, resources, and referrals to connect families with additional supports. We will offer a variety of resources for families to take home, including a library of resource books that can be signed out. We will also provide opportunities for families to meet with local Service Providers such as nurses, Speech & Language Pathologists, or mental health professionals.
Again, we will be working closely with our regional Hub, the Aspen Commons Family Resource Network, to assist with intake, coordination, and referral support for families who may be needing supports outside of what our Parent & Caregiver Support Services team can offer, such as more targeted and intensive services.
No, Chestermere families can self-refer and are free to participate in any of our programs and services that are available. We are here to support parents and families with children 0-13 who may need support, are experiencing vulnerability, or are just wanting to add new strategies to their arsenal of parenting tools.
We will be accepting referrals from our regional Hub, and other agencies and service providers in the area to ensure families are receiving help and connecting to quality supports in a timely manner.
Assessment notices are mailed in March. If you have not received your notice by the end of March, please contact the City of Chestermere by calling (403) 207-7050. Assessment reports are also be available on the City’s website (www.chestermere.ca/webmap). Please review your notice carefully once you receive it. If you have general questions, call the City at (403) 207-7050. If you have detailed questions about your property, call the Assessor at 1-877-438-2305.
Market value is defined as the price a property might reasonably sell for after adequate time and exposure to an open market when sold by a willing seller to a willing buyer.
In Alberta, the amount of tax a property owner pays is according to the value of the property (your assessment).
The City of Chestermere contracts Accurate Assessment Group Ltd. to provide assessments for our community. This company comes to Chestermere each year (usually in the spring/summer) to complete the City’s assessment.
Properties in Alberta are assessed using a ‘mass appraisal’ method, which is the process of valuing a group of properties as of a given date using common data, mathematical models, and statistical tests. Information is collected by gathering data from on-site visits (as described above), real estate Multiple Listing Services (MLS), Alberta Land Titles, and financial institutions.
If you would like detailed information in how your valuation was determined, you can call the City’s assessor, Accurate Assessment Group Ltd. at 1-877-438-2305 or you can arrange to meet with them when they are in Chestermere (call 403-207-7050 to book an appointment). If you still disagree with the Assessor’s evaluation after contacting them, you can file an official complaint and appeal. Information about the appeal process is available at www.chestermere.ca/assessment.
-You can look up more information about your property at www.chestermere.ca/webmap. -If you have questions about your specific property evaluation, contact Accurate Assessment Group Ltd. at 1-877-438-2305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. -If you would like more information about the assessment process in Chestermere, visit www.chestermere.ca/assessment or call the City at (403) 207-7050. -If you would like to know more about the provincial regulations and guidelines for the assessment process, click the link below:
As per Snow Removal Bylaw 018-11, any ice or snow removed from private property cannot be placed on the roadway or boulevard of a street. Please shovel the snow and ice onto your property.
Keeping extra snow off the roads mitigates three common issues:
1. Limits water pooling and ice build up during the freeze/thaw cycle from Chinooks.
2. Helps the storm water system absorb both melting snow and rainfall more efficiently in the spring.
3. Makes street sweeping in the spring easier. Larger piles of snow and ice take longer to melt. They are a safety hazard for crews and can cause damage to street sweeping equipment.
The Tax Installment Payment Program (TIPPs) is an optional plan is available to pay taxes by automatic monthly debit from your bank account. As a TIPP participant, you are not required to make an annual tax payment. Your taxes can be paid in monthly installments on the 15th of each month and adjusted automatically twice a year to reflect any tax changes for the current year.
The City’s tax schedule follows the calendar year. Since the notices are issued in the middle of the year your first 6 months of payments will differ from the last 6 months of payments. The first six months plus the last six months, will equal your tax levy. The credited amount indicated on your notice indicates payments you have made for the months of January to May of the current year.
The lake weeds multiply when they break up, float around, and then establish new colonies. A new plant can start from a tiny piece of an existing one. The most common form of weed in Chestermere Lake is the Northern Milfoil.
The City owns three lake weed harvesters and a barge which normally operate from July 1 – Aug 31 each year. The harvesters cut and remove lake weeds and other debris to ensure that Chestermere Lake remains safe for recreational and boating activities, and reduces clogging of the WID irrigation system. These mechanical devices are the best means to control the weeds as compared to using chemical or hand harvesting alternatives.
The harvester operators follow a set schedule based on the historical prevalence and location of weeds. Although they typically adhere to a regular “route”, picking up where they left off the day before, this route may vary depending on operator discretion. They also focus on floating weed masses caused by boat propellers or that come in from the Canal, and thirdly, on known dense areas of weeds.
The harvesters can only mechanically reach weeds down to a depth of 2 m. This means that the weeds still grow on the lake bottom. As such, this program controls weed growth during the season but does not reduce or prevent them from growing
The lake weeds are hauled by truck to the City’s Public Works Yard. The weeds are deposited, screened of debris, turned regularly for several months, and mixed with other soil to create good compost material. This compost is now available to residents free of charge, and is also used in City parks.
Every summer, the lakefront owners help out by collecting floating weeds and hand harvesting weeds on and around their shoreline. This task involves putting the weeds into recycling bins, to be picked up weekly by CUI. This collaboration ensures that Chestermere Lake continues to be a key recreational amenity for everyone to enjoy.
On average, summers students spend about 2,040 hours in total on the harvesting program. This results in about 150 trailer loads, ultimately being converted into compost material.