Boards & Committees

Application Forms

Application forms can also be picked up at the Town Office (309 Macleod Trail SW, High River, AB T1V 1Z5). All applications and resumes must be emailed to thrlegislativeservices@highriver.ca, faxed to 403-652-2396, or dropped off at the Town Office. For more information please contact Cathy at 403-603-3414.

Committee & Board Appointment Process

Applications with attached resumes are welcome at any time during the year.

Vacancies may occur from time to time due to resignations and may be advertised in the Town Crier and on the website throughout the year.

Council's Board Applicant Review Committee reviews all applications and makes appointment recommendations to Council throughout the year and at the annual organizational meeting held at the end of October.

All applicants will be notified of their appointment to a Board or Committee of their choosing.

Applications that have not been considered during the year will be held for consideration of appointment at Council’s annual organizational meeting at the end of October. 

Details of Boards & Committees

Assessment Review Board

The Assessment Review Board was established for the purpose of hearing complaints against assessments as have been received by the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board.  Board members are duly appointed by the Councils of municipalities, of which the Town of High River is one, participating in a joint regional assessment review board agreement.  If you would like to become a member please contact Legislative Services.

For more information please review governing Bylaw 4468/2016

If you disagree with your assessment:

The first step is to contact the Town of High River Assessment Department. 

The assessor then may inspect the property and correct the assessment if necessary.  If the assessor agrees that the original notice is not accurate, a new notice will be issued.

For more information regarding the assessment process go to the Market Value Assessment page.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of assessor review the next step in the process is to appeal the assessment to the Assessment Review Board.

How do I appeal my assessment?

The 2016 deadline to appeal your assessment will be provided with the 2016 assessment notices.

In order to submit an appeal the complainant must;

  • Complainant must first have spoken with an assessor to attempt to resolve the issue.
  • Complete the Assessment Review Complaint Form in full.
  • Be accompanied by the $50 application fee as per the current Rate Bylaw
  • Submitted to the Assessment Review Board Clerk at;

Cathy Findlay, Clerk of the Assessment Review Board 309B Macleod Trail SW High River, Alberta T1V 1Z5 

You will then be advised in writing not less than 35 days before the hearing date of the date on which the Local Assessment Review Board (LARB) or the Composite Assessment Review Board (CARB) will hear your assessment appeal.

Your right to file a complaint with the Assessment Review Board against your assessment notice is an added assurance that the entire process is fair, equitable, and impartial.   The Assessment Review Board is a Quasi-Judicial Board that processes complaints from taxpayers who disagree with local improvements or the assessed values of property and business.

The Assessment Review Board hears the formal complaints to maintain assessment equity throughout High River. It is an impartial board as set out in the Municipal Government Act.

Legislation governing the Assessment Review Board is contained in the revised Part 11 of the Municipal Government Act and the new Alberta Regulation 310/2009 – Matters Relating to Assessment Complaints Regulation, which legislates some of the procedures that complainants must adhere to after a complaint has been filed. Failure to comply with the legislation and related Town bylaws may result in your complaint being invalid.  Copies of the publications are available from:

Alberta Queen's Printer Online
602 - 620 7th Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB T2P 0Y8 
Telephone: (403) 297-6251

If you disagree with the decision of the Assessment Review Board, you are entitled to appeal the decision to the Court of Queens Bench.

Assessment Review Board Forms

• Assessment Review Board - Complaint Form
• Assessment Review Board - Authorization Form 
• Assessment Review Board - Complaint Withdrawal Form

Town of High River Current Rate Bylaw sets out the Assessment Review Complaint Fees as follows;

Assessment Appeal 3 or fewer dwellings                  $50.00

Assessment Appeal 4 or more dwellings                 $250.00

Assessment Appeal  Non- residential                       $250.00

(Note:  the fee is refundable if the appeal is successful.)

The following fees are set by ALBERTA REGULATION 310/2009

Assessment Appeal Linear Property-power generation Assessment Appeal Linear Property- other Assessment Appeal Equalized Assessment

Business & Tourism Advisory Committee

The intent of Council is to seek advice and input from community-minded individuals who share an interest in promoting the economic health and vitality of the town.  The Committee should be guided by the adopted Corporate Strategic Plan in its efforts.

Activities may include sharing of information on key items or events that will facilitate a coordinated and cohesive approach to support business and tourism development activities. Recommendations and actions are required to support and retain the existing business and tourism community and also to promote the attraction of new enterprises that will benefit the overall community.  

For more information please review governing Bylaw 4394/2014

Community Donations Advisory Committee

The Committee is advisory in nature and may make recommendations to Council by way of resolution. Subject to the provisions of this Bylaw and all other Town, Provincial or Federal laws, the Committee may provide advice and make recommendations to Council regarding the collection and distribution of the philanthropic support and financial gifts received by the Town in response to the June 2013 flood. 

For more information please review governing Bylaw 4377/2013.

View the CDAC Donor Report

Click here for information on the fourth round of disaster relief funding grants

Click here for the Application Form

Emergency Management Committee

The mandate of the Emergency Management Committee is to advise Council on the development of emergency plans and programs and to act as the agent of Council to carry out its statutory powers and obligations under the Act. This does not include the power to declare, renew, or terminate a state of local emergency, nor the powers contained in Section 12 of governing Bylaw 3843/1999.

For more information please review governing Bylaw 3843/96.

FCSS Advisory Board

The High River Family & Community Support Services Board is established as an Advisory Board to Council in pursuing and implementing Family & Community Support Services within the Town of High River.

For more information please review governing Bylaw 4420-2014.

Heritage Advisory Board

The Heritage of the Town of High River is the tangible expression of the intangible historical, cultural, aesthetic and social values that gives our community its sense of time and place and is the cultural expression of what that place is and that cultural expression is an anchor for development.

For more information please review governing Bylaw 4358-2013.

Heritage Inventory Project

As High River grows, expands and develops, we want to ensure that we maintain our identity and protect the heritage buildings which are an integral part of our town’s unique character. The first step towards protecting our heritage is to identify and list buildings which are architecturally or historically significant to High River, and then evaluate the ones that merit conservation. This type of list is referred to as a “Heritage Inventory”, and the Town has received a $20,000 grant from Alberta Historical Resources Foundation to prepare an inventory of the downtown area.

The Town has also created a Heritage Advisory Board to provide ongoing guidance and support for this project,. As its first task, the board has assisted in selecting Community Design Strategies Inc. (CDS), a heritage consulting firm, to provide professional expertise in evaluating the Town’s potential historic resources. With the board’s help, the consultants have now compiled a list of potentially significant buildings in the downtown district and have begun photographic documentation, research and evaluation. It is anticipated that the project will focus on historical buildings located within High River’s downtown district, although other sites in town may be considered, in consultation with the Heritage Advisory Board and staff liaison.

CDS will follow the evaluation guidelines developed by Alberta’s Culture and Community Services Historic Resources Management Branch. to assess the eligibility and significance of the selected downtown properties. CDS will also be responsible for writing Statements of Significance, which accurately reflect the values the community places upon a site, for listing on the Alberta Register of Historic Places. . Once a building has been evaluated and a Statement of Significance has been completed, it may be eligible for designation as a Municipal Designated Resource which legally protects the property and opens channels for government funding. The list of municipally designated buildings is posted on the Alberta’s Register of Historical Resource. In order to qualify for funding, the buildings have to be thoroughly evaluated for eligibility and significance. For more information about the guidelines adopted by CDS for evaluating our inventory, please click here. To view historic resources on Alberta’s Registry please click here.

High River Arts & Culture Advisory Committee

The High River Arts & Culture Advisory Committee will work in cooperation with Boards, and private and public interest groups on matters pertaining to arts and culture.

For more information please review governing Bylaw 4216/2008

High River Library Board

The High River Library Board, subject to any enactment that limits its authority, has full management and control of the municipal library and shall, in accordance with the regulations, organize, promote and maintain comprehensive and efficient library services in the municipality and may co-operate with other boards and libraries in the provision of those services.

The High River Library Board is Governed by the Library Act. For more information please review the Library Act.

High River & District Recreation Board

The High River & District Recreation Board is established to advise Council in pursuing and implementing Recreation Programs, facilities, parks and public open spaces and services within the corporate limits of the Town of High River, and the High River Recreation District in the M.D. of Foothills, in the Province of Alberta.

For more information please review the governing Bylaw 4047/2003.

High River Policing Committee

The overall objectives of the Policing Committee are to act as a liaison between Town Council, the RCMP detachment, and the citizens of High River and foster responsible community actions towards the creation of a safe, secure community. The Committee shall endeavour to do this by encouraging an environment, which allows for public concerns to be addressed by all affected parties.

For more information please review governing Bylaw 4251/2009.

Planning and Renewal Advisory Committee

The Committee shall advise Council on matters affecting the planning and economic redevelopment of the community referred to it by Council.

The purpose and role of the Planning & Renewal Advisory Committee is to act as a resource for Town Council and the citizens of High River and to support the creation of a safe, functional and economically viable community. The Committee shall endeavor to do this initially by guiding the work to create a Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan in conjunction with an Economic Development Strategy, and then broadening its examination to consider issues facing the rest of the community.

For more information please review governing Bylaw 4395.2014.

Subdivision & Development Appeal Board (SDAB)

Shall hold a public hearing on an appeal by persons or agencies identified in the act as eligible to file an appeal on a decision of the Subdivision and Development Authority or Development Officer on a subdivision application or development permit.

For more information please review governing Bylaw 3830/95.

In the matter of Development Permit 648010 appeal by:

Name:                       Richard Lewis

Legal Address:           Plan 5096K Block 44 Lots 39, 40, 41

Address:                    211 – 2 Avenue SE

Appeal Summary:      Conditional approval of Development Permit Application 648010 to construct a single detached dwelling and detached garage Infill Dwelling at 211 2 Avenue SE legally described as Plan 5096K Block 44 Lots 39-41. Final Decision 211 - 2 Ave SE SDAB 

Heard on February 26, 2016, the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board issued their decision on March 11, 2016. 

 

Town Office

309B MacLeod Trail SW
High River, AB   T1V 1Z5
info@highriver.ca

Phone: 403.652.2110
Fax: 403.652.2396

Bob Snodgrass
Recreation Complex

24hr Info: 403.652.4041
Inquiries: 403.652.4042 

FCSS
Phone: 403.652.8620
Parent Link Centre

Phone: 403.652.8633

Economic Development
business@highriver.ca

Operations
Phone: 403.652.4657
Operations Emergency Numbers
Roads: 403.601.1258
Water & Sewer: 403.652.6353

 

Bylaw Services
Phone: 403.601.8696
Fire Department
Phone: 403.652.3774
RCMP
Phone: 403.652.2357
Emergencies: 403.652.2356
Emergency Management
Phone: 403.652.6960