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This is a multi-phased project, and a pool (along with arenas and other amenities) will be considered for future phases in the coming years. This was stated in April 2020 when Council received the Gibbs Gage Feasibility Study, and reiterated in November 2020 when a site was selected (News Flash • Chestermere, AB • CivicEngage). The designs that have been presented today show PHASE 1. A follow up package including subsequent phases will be provided as a next step. The City and the design team are aware of the interest in a pool in future phases and have considered this in their master plan to ensure there would be compatibility if a pool is added down the road.
There are a few main reasons that a pool is not being pursued right now.
First, pools are very expensive to build. They are specialized facilities which require dehumidification systems, extensive tile work, filtration and chlorination systems, holding tanks, pumps and adjacent “wet” locker rooms. The high cost of constructing a leisure or lap pool would likely have delayed this entire project by several years.
Pools are also very expensive to operate. The cost recovery for leisure pools and lap pools are typically in the neighbourhood of 50 – 60% resulting in annual operating losses that are required to be paid through taxes. Although previous engagement studies demonstrated a high interest in building a pool, residents also had concerns about increased property taxes. In a previous process, a Community Task Group deliberated on this matter and recommended that the construction of a pool be delayed to a future phase once the population grew to a point where a pool would be more affordable.
Next, there are an abundance of indoor aquatic facilities in the region and a relatively lower number of field house facilities (see page 10 of 2016 Feasibility Study for more details: 2016-03-18-Feasibility-Study-FINALREPORT (chestermere.ca)). Within a 30 km radius, there were 25 indoor aquatic facilities listed in the report. Since then, additional facilities were added such as the Seton, Rocky Ridge and Quarry Park facilities which have significant aquatic leisure pools and regulation-size competitive pools. In comparison, there are only 8 fieldhouses, and these facilities are over-subscribed. By helping to fill a gap in regional recreation needs and providing a space for more than 20 different types of sporting activities, along with the new community meeting space and wellness facility, Phase 1 of this project will also help ensure that our fieldhouse will be sustainable for the future.
A few folks have asked why communities smaller than Chestermere have a pool. While the specific reasons may vary for each community, many towns serve a larger, regional rural base and therefore have a higher population than it may seem at first glance. Secondly, many smaller community pools are only outdoor pools, which have a very limited seasonal usage. An outdoor pool is not as necessary in Chestermere due to the public access to Chestermere Lake.
In Chestermere, we are committed to adding amenities that are feasible and sustainable for the long term, without unduly burdening our tax payers. We are doing extensive due diligence to ensure that what we build is affordable, serves as many residents as possible and addresses the largest gaps.
Over the past few years, the City has conducted a variety of surveys and engagement activities to ask residents what they would like to see in a future civic centre.
Previous significant public consultation opportunities included:
The results of these consultations have been carefully considered in the planning process. More public consultation will be incorporated as the project progresses as well.
The current indoor designs include a full size FIFA and multi-sport field, a walking track, changerooms, a wellness centre, team rooms and community space. The new facility will provide year-round space for close to 20 indoor field sports such as soccer, rugby, cricket, ultimate frisbee, field hockey, football, softball, lawn bowling and lacrosse, as well as community rooms and a wellness centre for fitness activities and exercise therapy.
The outdoor designs also show plans for outdoor gathering space, multi-season amenities (like basketball courts that can be flooded to create an outdoor rink), outdoor sports fields, bicycle parking and transit accommodations.
It is anticipated that construction could begin in 2021 and the first phase could be open as early as 2023.
It will be located just off of Merganser Drive in the new community of Dawson’s Landing, and will be situated across the street from two future schools.
The current Rec Centre will continue to operate, but the long-term future is unknown, and will be determined by the owners.
In 2019, the City, Rocky View County and Rec Centre worked with a consultant to ascertain its long-term viability and it was determined that the building may reach the end of its viable life within the next 10-15 years, at which time a plan will be needed to address the aging infrastructure.
The City of Chestermere offered to purchase the property as Council believes that owning the land will help the City facilitate effective long-range planning for recreation amenities. The offer was declined by Rocky View County Council.
While the Chestermere Recreation Centre remains an important part of the community’s recreation fabric, more facilities will also be needed to serve new residents as the community grows.
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
Yes, users may swim in the lake. However, the Province is currently advising that COVID-19 transmission through water is currently unknown, and people entering the water do so at their own risk.
Buoys are placed near the parks during the summer (Anniversary and John Peake Park) that mark shoreline areas that can be used for swimming.
Please be advised that you swim at your own risk. There are no lifeguards on duty.
Last Updated: July 21, 2020
Yes. Guided by the Alberta Safe Beach Protocol, the City tests water quality at the Beaches once weekly in partnership with AHS.
Last Updated: May 20, 2021
Lakeside parks will have new maximum capacity limits to ensure that visitors can effectively distance from each other.
The maximum limit at Anniversary Park is 615 people (115 on the beach), the maximum limit at Cove Beach is 205 (39 on the beach) and the maximum at Sunset Park is 483. If overcrowding continues to be a problem, the City may further limit or close beaches.
If visitors come to the park and it is at capacity, they will need to wait or come back later. There will not be a time limit on how long visitors can stay at the park once admitted.
Details and a beach visitor checklist can be found at www.chestermere.ca/beaches
Last Updated May 21, 2021
Yes. More details about the boat launch are available at www.chestermere.ca/boats.
Last Updated July 21, 2020
Yes.Last Updated June 17, 2020
Due to fire hazard and safety issues, BBQs are not permitted in any Chestermere park or beach. Permanent City BBQs are provided at Sunset Park for public use.
Only umbrellas and sunshades that don’t require extensive securing into the ground are permitted in the beach areas. Securing a larger tent with stakes, etc. can puncture a protective liner installed under the sand, causing damage. Tents larger than 10x10 are permitted, but only in grassy areas, and they must be properly secured, as to not fly away should the wind pick up.
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.
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 email@example.com. -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:
Click here to read the signed Road Ban order.
Last Updated: March 23, 2021
Loads that are divisible do not require permits. However, all road bans must still be obeyed.
Current road bans may be found on the Road Weight Restrictions page.
Last Updated: March 12, 2021
Permits may be obtained through Roadata Serivces Ltd. Please contact them by phone at 1-888-444-9288 or visit their website for all inquires about overweight/over-dimensional permits.
The Government of Alberta changed the Commercial Vehicle Dimension and Weight Regulation 315/2002 effective January 1, 2021.
Carrier are allowed to haul 21,000kg - 24,000kg max (depending on axle spread) on Tridem Drive Axles.
Single Trip permits are still required for overweight and/or over-dimensional loads which cannot be broken down to meet road bans.
Permits are available through Roadata Service Ltd.
Weight Calculators are provided by Alberta Transportation (scroll to the bottom of the page - under Weight Calculator Section).
*These calculators are based on legal axle weights, not seasonal axle weights.
Roadata Services Ltd. provides weight charts on their website (click ALBERTA HEAVY HAUL TRAILER AND DRIVE WEIGHTS).
Alberta Transportation’s Bridge Load Evaluation Manual v. 1.1 has more information. The following is from pages 25-26 in the manual:
"The single unit truck (single-unit vehicle) designation (CS1) applies to:
The semi-trailer truck (two-unit vehicle) designation (CS2) applies to:
The truck train (vehicle train) designation (CS3) applies to:
Information on oversize and overweight permits from Alberta Transportation.
Check Roadata Services Ltd.’s weight charts page.
Alberta Motor Association provides road report information through their website.
511 Alberta provides province-wide updates about roads in Alberta.
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 official start date changes every year depending on the weather.
It typically beings in mid to late April after all the snow/ice has melted and temperatures stay above 0 degrees Celsius.
Additionally, schedules also consider time for equipment maintenance and weather delays (rain and/or snow events).
Chestermere has over 110 kilometres of roadways. For comparison – that is roughly the same distance as driving between Chestermere and Canmore. Considering both sides of the road will be swept, this doubles the length to over 220 kilometres!
It takes about 9 weeks to sweep both directions of the roadway and all curbs, gutters, and medians.
Check the City’s website at chestermere.ca/sweeping and follow the City’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for street sweeping updates.
Last updated: March 18, 2021
The street sweeping zone map may be viewed on chestermere.ca/sweeping under the ‘Street Sweeping Map’ tab.
Click here for the full sized PDF map.
Last Updated: March 18, 2021
Sweepers may visit an area prior to their scheduled dates, often to get a head start on large material (gravel) bulk sweeping.
This is done to remove material from high traffic areas, the middle of the street, along curbs/gutters, and around medians.
Doing so limits traffic interruptions, and increases cost and operational efficiency.
You are not required to move your vehicle unless signage is posted and it is your area’s scheduled week for sweeping.
Last updated: March 18, 2021
Street sweeping schedules are reviewed and adjusted as needed. If a zone was last for a couple years, it may get moved ahead in future years.
Chestermere Blvd and the commercial areas are usually completed first as these are our highest traffic and most visible areas. The team often works evenings and weekends to limit traffic interruptions in these areas when they are being completed.
Communities that are new construction are the responsibility of the developer to maintain.
The street sweeping zone map has areas under developer control labeled.
Please contact the developer for your area for all roads-related inquires, including street sweeping.
Last updated: April 22, 2021
Please continue to put your bins out on their regularly scheduled day.
Roads and Environmental Services teams are coordinating to limit sweeping in your area on collection days.
Find out more about curbside collection at chestermere.ca/recycle.
Street sweepers operate Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM, excluding holidays.
Crews may operate in the evening to complete major roadways and commercials areas. This is done to limit traffic disruptions and increase operational efficiency.
Signage is posted a minimum of 24 hours in advance of crews starting street sweeping.
There are a few things you can do to help sweepers pick up the most materials possible when they are in your area:
Keep in mind, if you do not move your vehicle, the street sweepers will go around your vehicle.
During final inspection at the end of the week – any areas not completed due to unmoved vehicles or other obstacles will not swept.
If the vehicle is not moved by the end of the week, you may be ticketed ($75 fine) - as per Bylaw 011-13.
Please keep vehicles and other objects off the street each day during the hours listed above when scheduled.
Check the schedule and more information at chestermere.ca/sweeping.
Last Updated: April 22, 2021
Factors such as the weather already affect the street sweeping program.
COVID-19 is an additional factor in all of our lives, including at Community Operations and the Roads team.
Staff are taking extra precautions such as:
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we adjust to new requirements during this time.
There are over 110 kilometres of roads in Chestermere. It takes at least 2 passes in each direction to clean the road, curbs, medians, and gutters properly. For comparison – that is roughly the same distance as driving round trip between Chestermere and Canmore.
Neighbourhoods vary in density and size. Where possible, they are broken up into zones to reflect about one week of time.
Additionally, schedules are also designed to factor in buffer time for weather delays, equipment maintenance, and daily sweeper unloading.
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.
Water temperature, depth, water quality and lake usage all play a part in weed quantity. 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 operates three aquatic weed harvesters and a barge. They operate from July 1 – Aug 31 each year. Depending on weed growth, harvesters may begin cutting earlier or cut later into September. The harvesters cut and remove lake weeds and other debris to ensure that Chestermere Lake remains safe for recreational and boating activities. Harvesting also reduces clogging of the WID irrigation system.
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 and known areas with high weed populations.
The harvesters can only cut weeds down to a depth of 2m. This means that the weeds still grow on the lake bottom. As such, this program keeps weed growth in check during the season but does not prevent them from growing.
The lake weeds are hauled by truck to the City’s Eco Centre. 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 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 lake weed bins, to be picked up weekly by the City's Environmental Services team. This collaboration ensures that Chestermere Lake continues to be a key recreational amenity for everyone to enjoy.
On average, summer students spend about 2,040 hours in total on the harvesting program. This results in regularly removing over 200 trailer loads of lake weeds, ultimately being converted into compost material.
A breakdown of weed harvesting volumes from 2018 - 2020 is below:
Last Update: May 20, 2021