Growing Responsibly

At both rural and urban doors,  I've been hearing residents who are concerned about the Strathcona County's development plans, specifically those for the Bremner area.  In theory, development is good and brings revenue to the tax base.  However, when you measure that up against the costs to build and maintain development, it may surprise you how long it takes to pay for itself.

Recently CBC Edmonton aired a 10 minute piece on the cost of urban sprawl...

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Cultivating Community

Jim Diers visits a local projectWhen community leaders get together there is electricity in the air, and so it was a the Cultivating Communities Workshop, where Jim Diers lead a workshop on getting people engaged, tapping the neighbourhood resources, using the tools and creating outcomes.

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My New App

Stay connected with my new mobile app for latest campaign information. Search for Roxanne Carr in your favourite app store. Download it today!

If you have any questions about this app (or indeed, anything else) please don't hesitate to contact me.

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Strathcona County Needs Real Leadership

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In the last forty months Strathcona County has seen a lack of leadership and a disconnected group of councillors. If this is to be the group representing the people then we need to see a change from the current lack of achievements.

Under the previous mayor:

- A Councillor was accused of harassment and of bullying a manager leading to consultant George Cuff being brought in at the cost of $60,000 to taxpayers.

During the last election:

- Three elected officials were told to leave the Transit terminal for campaigning and soliciting votes, which is against a transit bylaw.

Since then:

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Annexation Revisited

In a recent blog, an Edmonton Mayoral candidate wrote about annexation.  While the blog specifically targeted Leduc County and annexing the lands including the International Airport, the implication was that surrounding communities were getting a free ride.

This is negative rhetoric and does not contribute to working together as partners.

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Business Forward!

The innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of the business leaders in Strathcona County excites me.  Having been a proud Chamber of Commerce member for the past six years, I commend their efforts to support our community.  In any municipality, the Chamber is a cornerstone to building a strong future for business.

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Zoning Bylaws Protect Our Residents

Local developers Bethel Land Corp and the Mayor admonished me for a vote I made on Council in a July 9th Sherwood Park News article. They both claimed I demonstrated bias and closed-mindedness in a blog to residents...

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Thriving Development and Safe Future for All

As a follow up to my previous blog, I am very relieved at the final vote at Tuesday, June 25th's Council meeting regarding the request to build a seniors residence within our Heavy Industrial Overlay Zone.  It was defeated, but I want to share some of my other beliefs around this topic.

First, let me say that I am pro-business.  (Borrowing a line from Mayor Nenshi in Calgary, I can't believe I actually have to say that.) 

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Rezoning Compromises Seniors' Safety

A year ago, I wrote a column on a Council decision to turn down a request by Bethel Land Corp to build a seniors residence beside the Synergy Wellness Centre. The location falls within our Heavy Industrial Overlay Zone.

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Engaging You, The Public

Public participation is a cornerstone of good government. In order to properly represent your family and plan for our municipality’s future, elected officials must consistently communicate and provide avenues for you to participate. Citizen input must be related to decision making. Those potentially affected by or interested in a decision must be involved.

There is a broad spectrum of levels of public participation. The range goes from the one way informing through to total empowerment.

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