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Posted on: September 17, 2021

Lacombe Council clears red tape with another round of removing outdated policies and bylaws

Lacombe, Alberta (September 13, 2021) – Lacombe City Council, at their September 13 meeting, rescinded historical policies identified as inoperative, obsolete, expired, spent, superseded, or otherwise ineffective.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 five years, with 1,024 Bylaws (2017-2018) and 1,142 Policies (2020-2021) removed. The latest round of eliminations includes an additional 140 outdated policies.

"Council is encouraged to see another round of obsolete policies removed from our books," Mayor Grant Creasey said. "This project streamlines our operations and removes any confusion within our bylaws and policies. Additionally, it eliminates potential red tape for our residents."

The project was initially given the go-ahead in 2016 to organize and index City bylaws. Through the process, it was discovered 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 In many cases, prior bylaws or policies were not repealed or rescinded when a new or amended governing document was passed.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 completed using existing municipal staff. The project aligns with Council's strategic goals to have user-friendly, relevant and accessible Council documents.

The elimination of these policies is the last large batch of removals expected by the City of Lacombe.

For additional information, contact:

Todd Vaughan
Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator
(403)782-1236 office
(403)877-4394 cell
tvaughan@lacombe.ca

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