LETHBRIDGE: The mayor of Lethbridge says he's looking forward to taking further action on derelict properties throughout 2012.
Rajko Dodic led the charge on a new bylaw introduced recently that lets council act more quickly when it comes to dealing with buildings that don't meet certain property standards. Among the buildings council has already taken action on is the atrium building downtown, which has lain vacant for some 30 years. Developers for that property have been sent a warning and now have until January 12 to start work on the project before council takes further action.
"The reality is we're really not prepared to wait much longer to have this 30-year project remain as it is," said Dodic.
The made-in-Lethbridge solution may soon become a province wide rule. Dodic says Calgary Currie MLA Dave Taylor is using the policy as a model for similar Alberta legislation.
"He had been drafting an amendment to the Municipal Government Act so there would be consistency," said Dodic. "It's not dissimilar to the smoking bylaw that we drafted, then Alberta put it in place across the province."
Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 at 4/19/2014 4:27:02 PM
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