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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20-THE LETHBRIDGE April 'Planning too important to be left solely up to planners9 By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Stall Writer Planning is probably too important to be lett in the hcincN 01 local planners, one of tin- authors of a white paper ilut suggests changes to the piDMncinl planning act said TliuiM.lav Coming out strongly in Uvor ot more provincial government mvolvement in the planning process, Fred l.aux. a University oi Alberta law prolessor. told a planning workshop sponsored by the Oldman Hiver Regional Planning Commission that the provincial government should move into the void left by regional commissions Land use is taking on much wider perspectives, he sard, and legislation has to provide ellective mechanisms to cnnUo! it Regional planning commissions have to perk up when it comes to land-use he said Few regional plans have been prepared and the provincial government hasn't made "the commitment of resources necessary to have effective regional planning Regional plans are now prepared and adopted by regional planning commissions, with final approval coming trom the provincial planning board In the white paper. Mr. Laux has suggested the planning board prepare regional plans lor adoption by the commissions, giving tmal approving authority to the cabinet This, he told the meeting, would encourage the provincial government to provide the money necessary to implement plans once adopted "Cabinet involvement is the way to get the commitment of resources and funds necessary to make sure the plans he said. He said regional plans should only set broad guidelines and development concepts, without setting specific land-use categories. Detailed plans result in the planning commission dictating land use priorities tor municipalities. Mr. Laux sard Central government involvement in the planning process, he said, is necessary not only because that is the level of government with the money to implement the plans, but because planning cuts across municipal boundaries. What happens in Lethbridge may affect people living in Calgary, he said, and in some cases, people in other parts of the province may have to pay for developments here. Planning in the province is now done by private developers, Mr. Laux claimed, noting that if a land owner doesn't want to develop his property according to policies in a regional plan "there's nothing you can do." Municipalities and planning commissions have barely enough money to cover the costs of programs they are involved in now, he said He suggested that tax incentives, government grants and other torms of public spending are the only effective method for carrying out policies expressed in a regional plan, Provincial government involvement would also allow lor more political input to the planning process "It's not suitable to have an agency (such as the provincial planning board) which is not politically accountable to adopt a regional plan." he said. But while the white paper on the planning act. released only to stimulate discussion and not as a statement of government policy, advocates stronger provincial control in some areas, other areas would allow municipalities greater authority than they have now. Mr. Laux suggested municipal governments be given authority to approve subdivision applications a function now handled by planning commissions. Changes proposed in the white paper would also give municipalities the right to expropriate land for planning purposes, a power now limited to land acquisition for "municipal purposes only." The change, if accepted, would allow a municipal council to expropriate land to remove a "non conforming use" under a zoning bylaw. Mr. Laux said the provincial government has sweeping powers to freeze development in any area designated by cabinet as a "special preservation zone." About six weeks ago. the provincial government froze development in a four-square mile area in Strathcona County, between Edmonton and Sherwood Park. This action. Mr. Laux said, was taken without consulting county officials or residents in the area. "There are all kinds of similar he said, which can be used indiscriminately, without regard for future ramifrcations The white paper suggests that all such legislation be repealed, to be replaced with a section in the planning act giving the planning board a provincial body with representatives from various government departments authority to create special planning areas. But once such an area is designated, the municipality allected would be given the power to control development in the area, consistent with the objectives of the board. And landowners affected by the ruling would have an opportunity to get compensation if the designation brought Imancial loss. Mr Laux said. Any action to create a special planning area would have to be approved by the cabinet alter a public hearing in the area allected. Planning comment deadline The deadline lor comments on the white paper on the planning act has been extended to Dec. 31 Dave Russell, municipal a II airs minister, said Thursday submissions and i oniments expected on the pioposed changes to the planning act are extremely important, and he wanted to sufficient time was given to allow lull study and complete comment. The original deadline given lor comments was June 30 Couple wins in scholarships Two University of Lethbridge graduates have received National Research post graduate scholarships of more than s4 000 Don and Judy Hall, who graduated Irorn the U of L in 1972 will use the grant to continue studies in separate research projects while winking towards a doctorate degree in physics Mr and Mrs Hall have received a master's degree rn phvs-ic's Irom Queen's I imersilv Certified Dentil CUFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLD6. Lower Level PHONE 327-2122 20 PCE. BREAKFAST SETS Ironstone by Johnsons Consists of 4 dinner plates. 4 bread and butter plates 4 4 cup 4 saucers Flowered design Colors Pink or Green Regular 20.95 SPECIAL Call China 327-5767 DOWNTOWN 'Hold on there WALTER KERBER photo After getting a bit carrned away with their spring clean-up campaign, these two lads at Fleetwood-Bawden School try to retrieve their friend from the litter barrel on the school grounds. Len Young, 12, 1238 7th Ave. S., seems to have literally gone overboard throwing away his litter, but with the help of Kevin Hunter, 11, 703 6th Ave. S. and Rodney Memtzer, 12, 612 11 ST. S., he will soon be back on his feet. persons disqualified UIC investigators nab frauds About 62 per cent of the unemployment insurance recipients in the Calgary Lethbridge area who last year were investigated by the Unemployment Insurance Commission were disqualified Irom receiving further benehts Dave Crotton, district Now is the time to consider Air Conditioning while PRE-SEASON PRICES are still in effect Installed by Charlton Hill LTD. 1 262 -2nd Ave. S. Phone 328-3388 manager lor the UIC, told the Southern Alberta Council on Public Ailairs at a noon luncheon Thursday at Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant that 15.396 people investigated by UIC in 1973 And 11.115 ol these people were disqualified from receiving lurther benefits. He emphasized these people hadn't necessarily made fraudulent claims but many of them were discovered to be no longer eligible for benefits. By stopping payment to these people Mr. Crofton estimated the UIC saved about million Collected overpayments in 1973 totalled Leirn to with usl INDIVIDUAL LESSONS BY THE HOUR A.B.C. DRIVING ACADEMY PHONE 327-1241 We pick you up in Cltyl CATERING SfcS Are you planning a ban- quet, wedding reception or social gathering soon? Let us prepare and serve a delicious meal to your exact specifications THE LOTUS BANQUET ROOM for up to 125 persons is available at all times. Phone early for reservations) JUST CALL 327-0240 OR 327-2297 LOTUS Across From The CPR Depot BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SALES AND INSTALLATIONS By DON BERGMAN Open Thursday Evening till 9 p.m. PHONE 328-0372 2716 12th S. penalties for Iraudulent claims totalled about fines where court action was taken totalled and Mr. Crofton claimed the rest of the million came from money the UIC saved by discontinuing payments to the disqualified people. Seven people were taken to court and one person is now- serving two years in a federal penitentiary The jailed person was a school teacher caught accepting benefits while he was employed teaching school. The decision to investigate claims comes from a computer in the UIC's prairie m Winnipeg. As of April 1. there is a full-time investigator in the Lethbridge office who will investigate any questionable claimants referred from Winnipeg. The Lethbridge UIC office is responsible for Medicine Hat, Brooks and Blairmore as well. In investigating claims the UIC works in close liaison with all provincial and federal government departments, the RCMP and police. They can obtain information about a claimant from them. For example, it could request information from the Department of National Revenue about a claimant who says he hasn't worked in The UIC could ask the department if it has any record of this particular claimant's earnings. HEINITZ PRINTERS STATIONERS LTD. 324 9th St. S. Phone 328-1778 FOR YOUR COMPLETE WEDDING REQUIREMENTS Thnik You (24 Hour II We provide complimentary personalized nead table place cards with each order' FREE CUSTOMER PARKING He said in 1974 the Lethbridge UIC office has paid out per month to claimants. The office paid out 10 per cent less in benefits in 1973 compared with 1972, he told The Herald For a person to receive benefits he or she must be available tor immediate employment The UIC works closely with Canada Manpower and receives a list each day containing as many as 80 types of available jobs. UIC keeps "experience ratings" on employers. If an employer has a high number ol former employees collecting unemployment insurance he has a higher rating This may soon reflect in the payments he makes to UIC. Mr.' Crofton said One of the advantages of the new UIC office in Lethbridge is the employee and employer can attend this appeal hearing. It used to be held in Calgary and not many people from here would go that far, Mr. Crofton said. A person who has been refused benefits can also attend his appeal hearing if he asks lor one This was also formerly held in Calgary. Recital A recital featuring four University of Lethbridge students will be held at the university Tuesday. The recital, which includes Sandra Weaver Elsie Kalms Marcia Swanston (contralto) and Linda Remington will begin at p.m. in Room E-690. ART DIETRICH DENTURECLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwarb Bide M 5th St S Phone 328-4095 Lack of support hinder commissions Regional planning commissions have not been able to do the job they were intended to because they weren't given the necessary resources, the co-ordmator of the task force on urbanization sard Thursday Frank Marlyn told delegates attendrng a planning workshop sponsored by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission that commissions have lacked adequate staff, and have not received lull support from either the provincial government or municipalities. The present planning act has been slowly modified over 20 years to meet changing conditions and probably should not be discarded until its failures have been examined, he said. Some delegates to the workshop, which dealt exclusively with proposed changes to the planning act, expressed the opinion that while minor modifications were required, a wholesale revision wasn't. Jack Davis, a member of the provincial government's land-use forum, sard the authors ol the white paper seemed more concerned with creating structures while lorgetling that planning should benefit individuals He said changes made in 1970 requiring all communities to contribute toward the cost of running planning commissions, even munrcrpalities not belonging to the agencies, have given commissions greater power to carry out regional planning lunctions What's the urgency, he asked, in changing the act and creating new structures and new agencies when the planning commissions have really only had about three years to carry out their responsibilities. Mr Marlyn suggested the present act hasn't failed, there has only been a failure on the part of governments to carry out us provisions. II that's the case, he said, replacing the act with new legislation will not solve the problem Maybe the government's commitment to planning should be strengthened, he said Lawrence Smrth. executive director of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission, said that before 1970 commrssion membership was not complete enough to carry out regional planning But now, he said, almost all municipalities in the region have joined the commission and "it's a whole new ball game The commission realizes the limitations in the present act. but what is needed is provincial planning guidelines and central co-ordination of SMILEY'S PLUMBING GLASS LINED WATER HEATERS IntUlltd 321-2176 OUARANTHD SERVICE To SONY, LLOYDS, PIONEER, NORESCO, most ottMr nwkm ol 2 to You ANGLO PHOTO SMVICI DIPT. Slh Strati South Phono planning policy, he said. Sam Lurie. lormer executive director of the now- defunct Lethbridge and District Planning Commission, now a private planner in the city, said planning should be left to local planners, within a provincial Iramework But Noel Danl. provincial planning director and one of the authors ot the white paper, defended proposed changes, saying a new act would be designed to bring together all planning legislation under one umbrella document Not that many changes in structure are proposed, he said, and most sections in the present act are contained in the proposed new legislation. Thief takes leaves food About was stolen Thursday night during a break-in at Kncksen's Fine Foods Take-Home Restaurant. I70J Mayor Magrath Dr A police investigation is continuing Tailfeather's work at U of L May 6 About 20 paintings and several sculptures by Standoff artist Gerald Tailfeathers will be on view at the University of Lethbridge May 6-27 The show, organized in acknowledgement of Mr District calendar Warner oldtimers wii! hold their semi-annual pot-luck dinner at 4.30 pm Sunday. April 21. at the Warner School auditorium, everyone is welcome ..The Guide and Brownie Cookie Day will be held in Coaldale. Saturday, May 4. The Etzikom Home and School Association will hold a Mother's Day tea and bake sale the afternoon of May 10 at the school. achievement ds a Southern Alberta artist, will feature several new works never shown before Mr Tailleathers will receive an honorary doctor ot laws degree Irorn the university May II The U'ol L art gallery is open Irom 9 a m. to 4 p.m weekdavs and trom 1 to 5 p m Sundavs. FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-6585 E. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. 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