Overview

The improvement district encompasses the Alberta portion of the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, as well as several townships of land north of the range.

Location and history profile

Ministerial orders and policies

In place of municipal bylaws and policies, Ministerial orders and policies apply to Improvement District No. 349.

Financial statements

Financial statements for this improvement district can be found on the Open Government Portal.

Planning and development

The City of Cold Lake has been contracted by the Government of Alberta to carry out duties associated with the development process in the improvement district. For more information, see the City of Cold Lake's Planning and Development department's website. The Planning and Development department can also be reached by phone at: 780-594-4494.

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB)

The ID 349 Subdivision and Development Appeal Board provides a mechanism for interested parties to:

  • challenge a decision on a development application
  • challenge a decision on a subdivision application that is not located within the prescribed distance of a primary highway or located adjacent to nor contain a water body
  • to challenge the issuance of a stop order

Municipal tax and assessment

Assessment notices

Improvement District No. 349 assessment notices were mailed to rate payers on March 13, 2020. Pursuant to Section 309(1)(c) of the Municipal Government Act appeals to assessment values must be filed within a 60-day period. The final date to file an Assessment Complaint is May 22, 2020. If you have questions on your assessment contact the Improvement District No. 349 assessor toll free at 1-855-268-3520 or at [email protected].

Notice will be posted once 2020 Assessment Notices are mailed out.

Tax Notices

Improvement District No. 349 taxation notices for 2020 were mailed to all property owners on June 22, 2020. Contact the Improvement District No. 349 administrator at [email protected] or 780-422-8110 if you have any questions.

Local Assessment Review Board (LARB)

The local assessment review board is responsible for hearing complaints regarding residential property with three or fewer dwelling units, farm land, or tax notices other than property tax notices. For more information visit the property tax and assessment section of the Municipal Affairs website or contact the Improvement District No. 349 LARB clerk.

Composite Assessment Review Board (CARB)

The composite assessment review board is responsible for hearing complaints regarding any property not within the jurisdiction of the local assessment review board.

For more information visit the property tax and assessment section of the Municipal Affairs website or contact the Improvement District No. 349 CARB clerk.

Housing

ID 349 is a member of the Greater North Foundation providing support for affordable social and seniors' housing in the Lac La Biche and Athabasca regions. For more information visit the foundation's website.

Recreation

Note, as per the Alberta Sportfishing Regulations, access to lakes within the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range is prohibited with the exception of Spencer Lake.

Access to Spencer Lake is permitted only during the following periods:

Open May 15 to March 31, on weekends, from 5 pm each Friday to half hour after sunset each Sunday.

Open May 15 to March 31, on long weekends with a Friday statutory or civic holiday, from 5 pm Thursday to half hour after sunset on Sunday.

Open May 15 to March 31, on long weekends with a Monday statutory or civic holiday, from 5 pm Friday to half hour after sunset on the holiday Monday.

From 5:00 pm on Dec. 24 to half hour after sunset on January 1.

NOTE: Spencer Lake is located in the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range and live ammunition is used in the area. Use of the lake by anglers is dependent on the approval of the Canadian Forces at the Base. If necessary for Base operations, access to Spencer Lake may be closed during some of the open periods listed above. Due to safety concerns, the Canadian Forces does not permit overland access to Spencer Lake on any trails that are inside the Bombing Range boundary, including the trail between Seibert and Spencer lakes. Spencer Lake may only be accessed from the west tip of Spencer Lake and it is unlawful to go ashore inside the bombing range boundary.

Contact

For contact information related to Improvement District No. 349:

Chief Administrative Officer

Travis Nosko
Manager, Improvement Districts
Phone: 780-422-8110
Email: [email protected]

Assessor

Troy Birtles
Phone: 1-855-268-3520
Email: [email protected]

Road Authority

Paula Campbell
Operations Manager
Phone: 780-675-2624
Email: [email protected]

Development Officer

Kevin Nagoya
Phone: 780-594-4494
Email: [email protected]

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board

City of Cold Lake Planning and Development
Phone: 780-594-4494
Email: [email protected]

Local Assessment Review Board or Composite Assessment Review Board

Linda Mortenson
Phone: 780-594-4494, ext. 7931
Email: [email protected]