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Market value is the most probable price a property might be expected to realize if it sold on the open market (by a willing seller to a willing buyer). Assessors do not create your property value. The marketplace determines the value of your property, and that value is the basis for property assessment.
In determining property assessments, assessors use sales records of similar properties to determine values. An excellent way for property owners to look at property values in Wetaskiwin is to review the real estate section of the newspaper and speak with local real estate agents.
It is agreed throughout North America that the market value assessment is the most fair and equitable way to assess a property's value. It ensures that homes with similar market values within the same neighbourhood and within the same city will pay similar property taxes.
Alberta was one of the last jurisdictions in North America to switch to market value assessment. The old assessment methods worked on an eight-year cycle and sometimes led to dramatic swings in property values. Market value assessment uses annual reassessments to minimize fluctuations.
Provincial legislation requires all municipalities to annually prepare a new assessment or evaluation for all properties located in each municipality at market value. Assessments are completed by July 1, prior to taxation.
Mass appraisal is the process of preparing assessments for a group of properties using standard methods, common data and allowing for statistical testing.
Currently, the number of cannabis retailers allowed within City limits is three (3). While cannabis retail stores are privately run, they sell provincially licensed products and must follow provincial guidelines for staff training and security. The City of Wetaskiwin is still reviewing the development permits for the three Wetaskiwin-based cannabis retail applications. Those wishing to purchase recreational cannabis in the interim can do so online through albertacannabis.org.
Wetaskiwin City Council has prohibited the public consumption of cannabis within the City of Wetaskiwin, which means you are only allowed to consume cannabis on your private property. Renters, condo-dwellers, and those who live in multi-family dwellings may be restricted from growing and smoking cannabis based on rules established in rental agreements and condominium bylaws. Any decisions related to restricting smoking and vaping of cannabis must be approved by City Council. Smoking and vaping will not be permitted in the following places throughout Alberta:- Vehicles- Cannabis retail stores- Anywhere smoking or vaping tobacco is already restricted (such as in public parks or in front of doorways)
For more information, please view the Community Standards Bylaw 1916-18
Medical cannabis is used by individuals with a prescription who purchase cannabis from licensed medical cannabis producers. Health Canada regulates and enforces the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. The City of Wetaskiwin regulates the location of medical cannabis production facilities within its Land Use Bylaw. While medical cannabis is federally regulated, local users of medical cannabis must conform to the City of Wetaskiwin's bylaws pertaining to cannabis use (prohibited public consumption).
The federal government is responsible for regulating the growing of cannabis at home. Adults who are 18 or older can grow up to four cannabis plants, per residence (household) for personal use. Renters, or people living in condos or multi-family dwellings, may be restricted from growing cannabis in their homes based on rules in rental agreements or condominium bylaws.
For more information, please see the Community Standards Bylaw 1916-18
The City of Wetaskiwin will be updating its website as more information becomes available. If you have specific questions, please email us at email@example.com or call Wetaskiwin City Hall at 780.361.4400 to be directed to the appropriate department.
For more information, please see the Community Standards Bylaw 1916-18
All the contact information for community groups is listed in our Community Service Directory.
You're always welcome to phone our main line at 780.361.4400 and reception will help direct your call to the appropriate person or department.
Wetaskiwin has many fun things to offer visiting family and friends! We recommend that you check out our Visitor Guide for some great ideas.
Please call our main line at 780.361.4400 and reception will be happy to connect you with the appropriate person or city department.
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The Plastic Checkout Bag bylaw provides exemptions for paper checkout bags as well as the following plastic bags:
Pursuant to the Plastic Checkout Bag Bylaw passed by City Council on October 9, 2018 the implementation date for the ban is July 9, 2019. After this date it will be prohibited for businesses to distribute plastic checkout bags less than 2 mils thick. Businesses may choose to order more plastic checkout bags to last them until the implementation of the ban.
The bag is still designated as a single-use bag despite being re-used. It is important to keep in mind that after someone reuses a plastic shopping bag for garbage or for dog poo, they bag is no longer recyclable and will make its home in the landfill for the next several hundred years while it breaks down. These bags will unfortunately never get recycled.
Any retail establishment, which includes any location where goods are offered for sale, that gives out or sells bags to their customers will be affected by the plastic checkout bag ban.
Biodegradable plastic bags are banned under the Plastic Checkout Bag Bylaw, which comes into force July 9, 2019. The only bags that will be exempt includes paper checkout bags and various hygienic bags.
Starting June 1, 2020 retail establishments will be required to charge a minimum of 15 cents per paper checkout bag which will be retained by the business to help offset the cost of the the bag.
There are many alternatives for shoppers to use that includes:
-Reusable bags: remember to throw these in the laundry after several uses just to make sure they stay clean and sanitary for everyday use.
-Plastic containers or laundry baskets: for large grocery trips, keep large plastic tote containers or laundry baskets in your vehicle. After you have paid for your groceries, wheel them out in a shopping cart and place them in the tote container.
-Cardboard boxes: some stores have cardboard boxes available for customer use; these are great for carrying groceries home and are accepted at the City Recycling Centre (5707 51 Street).
Forgetfulness happens to all of us and it will take some time before we are all in the habit of remembering reusable bags when we go shopping. In the meantime, some stores may sell reusable bags at the checkout for customer use.
There will be no restrictions against customers bringing in a plastic bag and using it for their own purchases when they go shopping.
No. While the wastewater consumption charge was originally supposed to be applied as of January 2018, it was not applied to customer invoices until October 1, 2018. The City of Wetaskiwin is not retroactively charging ratepayers for the months the charge was not levied.
The current fee structure allows ratepayers to control the amount they are billed by moderating their water consumption. This means that the less water you use, the less you will have to pay. There are many ways to begin conserving water, including shortening your showers and not letting the water run while brushing your teeth. Read more water saving tips.
If you have noticed a large change in your utility bill amount, we suggest you take the following steps:
We are currently reviewing all our customer files to ensure we are not billing for wastewater consumption if a customer is not connected to a City sewer line. Refunds will be issues to those who qualify once the review is complete. Please contact the utilities office at 780.361.4453 for additional information.
Wombold Family Funeral Homes (formerly Bakers Funeral Home)5302-50 Avenue | Phone: (780) 352-2501
Serenity Funeral Service4715-50 Avenue | Phone: (780) 352-5300
Wetaskiwin Funeral Home and Crematorium4620-64 Avenue | Phone: (780) 352-5252
Bestway Laundry#101, 5710-47 Street
Wetaskiwin Motel4705-56 Street
Mountain Spring Cleaners4902-50 Street780-352-4355
Snappy Cleaners and Tailors5409-40 Ave780-368-2393
Visitor Information Centre4910-55A StreetReg business hours from Oct - AprilExtended hours from May - Sept
Wetaskiwin Public Library5002-51 AvenueDuring regular business hours only
By-the-Lake Park6128-56 Avenue (1 km west of Hwy 2A along 50 Avenue)East side of buildingOpen 6 am - 10 pm daily
Beans Coffee Shop and Bistro4814-56 Street
Boston Pizza5527-49 Avenue
Safeway (Starbucks)3901-56 Street
Wetaskiwin Public Library5002-51 Avenue
Wetaskiwin's Visitor Information Centre4910-55A Street (adjacent to the Wetaskiwin Water Tower along Hwy 2A)
The recycling centre's hours of operation are as follows:Monday - Friday: 8 am until 8 pm.Weekends and holidays: 9 am until 6 pm.
The RV Sani-dump is also located at this address.
Guardian5104 50 Ave(780) 361-0011
Wetaskiwin Family Pharmacy Inc5101 50 St(780) 352-5111
Walmart Pharmacy3600 56 St(780) 352-8494
Safeway Pharmacy3905 56 St(780) 352-2848
Clear Vista School Grounds4510-47 Avenue
Norm Brown Fields4513-50 Avenue
Yes! The City of Wetaskiwin requires businesses who are operating within city boundaries to have a business license. Licenses are to ensure our Land Use Bylaw is being adhered to, and to make sure that businesses are in compliance with zoning classification. Call 780.361.4431 for more information.
Reach out to us! We have access to valuable market information and insight on operating a business in Wetaskiwin. Please call Lisa Novotny at 780.361.4405 or visit the Wetaskiwin is Working website at http://www.wetaskiwin.ca/806/Starting-a-Business to find out more.