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Posted on: January 26, 2021

Council clears municipal red tape by eliminating outdated policies and bylaws

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Lacombe, Alberta (January 25, 2021) – Lacombe City Council, at their January 25th meeting, rescinded historical policies identified as inoperative, obsolete, expired, spent, superseded, or otherwise ineffective. 

The data integrity project for governance documents has been ongoing for four years, with 1,024 Bylaws (2017-2018) and 300 Policies (2020) removed over that period.

"One of Council's goals was to consolidate our municipal books, helping ensure City governance is clear, concise, and transparent. By eliminating outdated bylaws and policies, we are reducing red tape,” Mayor Grant Creasey said. 

The project was initially given the go-ahead in 2016 to organize and index City bylaws. Through the process, it was discovered that many governing documents were inoperative, obsolete, or expired. In many cases, prior bylaws or policies were not repealed or rescinded when a new or amended governing document was passed. 

The process of rescinding bylaws and policies carries no direct costs and is being completed using the existing municipal staff. The project aligns with Council's strategic goals to have user-friendly, current, and accessible Council documents. 

The project includes three more phases of policy rescindment. 

For additional information, contact: 
Todd Vaughan
Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator
(403)782-1236 office
(403)877-4394 cell

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