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Enlist the help of friends and family to search the neighbourhood. Ask them to carry cell phones so they can contact you when they find your pet. Contact neighbours, local vet clinics and other animal shelters to ask if they have seen your pet. To find out if your pet is at the animal shelter, call 403-851-2532 to arrange an appointment to view impounded animals. Place a lost pet report on Petlynx. If necessary, make posters with your pet’s picture to put up around your neighbourhood.
Depending on where you live, you must contact the County or Municipal District in which you reside. You can also contact the Cochrane and Area Humane Society at 403-932-2072 to see if your pet has been brought in. If you have internet access, you can create a lost report for your animal at Petlynx.
Yes, all cats over three months old must have a current Town of Cochrane licence. Licences can be purchased at the Cochrane RancheHouse at 101 RancheHouse Road, Cochrane (cash, debit, VISA and MasterCard) or by phone at 403-851-2500 (VISA and MasterCard). Cat licences can also be purchased online once you fill out a registration form.
- Reunite lost cats and dogs with their owners- Shelter and feed lost cats and dogs- Deliver public education programs- Help neighbours resolve their animal-related conflicts- Provide emergency care to cats and dogs for injured animals- Waste bag dispenser program on our pathway systems- Online animal search- Free trip home with active license
Dog and cat licences can be purchased on our website: just fill out the form online or visit our office at 101 RancheHouse Road, Cochrane. Once the application has been processed we will mail you the tag and the payment information. Please refer to the back of your renewal notice for payment methods. If you wish to pay by phone please call 403-851-2500 and ask to be transferred to animal licensing.
Upon your pet's arrival at the shelter, Animal Services will check for a tattoo, microchip and overall health. If the animal has a tattoo or other identification, and the name and address of the owner are known, he or she is held for 10 days, during which time every effort is made to contact the owners. Animals that are not picked up within 10 days are turned over to the Cochrane and Area Humane Society.
Actually, the Town of Cochrane has four dog off-leash areas (see the map):
No matter which park you use, dogs are required to be under control of the owner while in an off-leash area. Dog poop bag dispensers and garbage cans are located at all parks.
Always pick up after your dog; this helps prevent the spread of disease from dog-to-dog and dog-to-human. If you forget a bag, look for one of the poop bag dispensers near Town pathways.
Pets left in cars must have sufficient ventilation, but not a way to reach people who walk by the car. Keep in mind that on a hot day, a dog can suffer heat stroke in 10 minutes. It is wisest not to leave your dog in the car on summer days.
Dogs in the back of pick-up trucks must be secured at all times.
The assessed value is determined through an analysis of properties that have sold in the previous year. Different neighbourhoods or dwelling types may appreciate of depreciate in value at different rates from year to year.
The average market value of single family homes may have decreased overall, but the difference between each neighbourhood may not match the overall year to year change.
Set up the Town as a bill payee through your regular bill payment system; your roll number is your account number. Allow three business days before the penalty date to ensure payments are processed on time. Please retain all documentation.
Check our taxation page if you have any further questions.
There are several different ways to make payment for your Business Licence Renewal: • Credit card by eServices (Invoice number required) • Mail (please make cheques out to "Town of Cochrane") • Credit card by phone- 403-851-2573 • In person (cash, cheque, debit or credit card) • Cheque drop off at Family and Community Support Services at Second Ave W, East Side Entrance.
Water accumulating on your street may be a result of a trap low
Some homes in Town are located near a trap low, an area in the street designed for surface storage during a rain event. For homes near trap lows, rainwater may accumulate on the road nearby, up to and sometimes including the driveway and a portion of the lawn. This is normal for areas with a trap low. The water should completely drain within 24 hours once the rain stops.
If water has accumulated on the road near your house, on your driveway or front lawn, you may be located near a trap low. If rainwater accumulation has not drained 24 hours after the rain stops, please contact Town of Cochrane Operations at 403-851-2590. (Information about the trap low may be on your property title.)
What is a trap low?
Trap lows are used in many neighbourhoods in Cochrane to slow the flow of water into stormwater facilities. We control the flow into stormwater facilities to reduce erosion and allow sediment to settle before the water flows into the Bow River. Alberta Environment requires the Town to control the flow of stormwater into the river to protect the overall environment.
In streets with trap lows instead of traditional storm drains, it may appear that the street is flooding. It is not. Trap lows are designed to hold the water on the street; properties on streets with trap lows are graded to keep the water from foundations.
Why the Town has trap lows
The Town began requiring trap lows instead of traditional storm drains in neighbourhoods built after 1998.
Because trap lows control the rate of release into the storm water system, it is easier to ensure the pipes will not become pressurized from upstream flows and cause potential issues downstream. If the flows are not controlled, downstream impacts could cause manhole covers to lift off, posing a serious safety concern. The stormwater facilities would also discharge the stormwater into the waterways at a rate that could cause erosion.
Is any action required?
In general, no action is required by homeowners who live near trap lows. If rainwater accumulation is not drained 24 hours after the rain stops, please contact Town of Cochrane Operations at 403-851-2590.
Swales are concrete or grass channels used to catch and direct surface runoff. If you have a swale on your property, it is your responsibility to ensure it remains clear and free of debris to allow water to drain freely.
Love your swale
Show your swale a little love and it will help water drain away from your home, your neighbours’ homes and all the way to the storm sewer:
If you have questions about the swale on your property, please contact us:Email
Yes, you may be able to, but please note:
It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that the wall or structure is entirely located outside of any utility right-of-ways or easements that may be registered on the property.
If the retaining structure is greater than 1.2m high, an engineering design and building permit are required. A retaining wall that supports a structure or poses a risk to public safety follows the same requirements. Please note: the height of the structure is measured as the vertical distance between the ground levels on each side of the wall.
The design of the wall must be completed by a professional structural and/or geotechnical engineer and submitted with a building permit application to the Town of Cochrane for approval prior to the start of construction.
A lot grading certificate is confirmation that a building lot conforms to Town of Cochrane design grade specifications.
Upon completion of house construction the home builder is required to grade the lot as per the approved building grade plan design grades (these grades would have been approved at the subdivision stage).
How to get a lot grading certificate:
The developer of a new subdivision installs the infrastructure necessary to service the area: water mains, hydrants, sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure, roads, sidewalks, pathways, park areas, storm ponds, lift and booster stations, reservoirs, sound attenuation walls, drainage swales and so on. Once these have been installed, Town of Cochrane Civil Land Development signs a Construction Completion Certificate (CCC), accepting that they have been completed in accordance with the proposed design. A signed CCC is the beginning of a maintenance period where the developer is still responsible for any work or maintenance associated with the infrastructure. The maintenance period can be one to three years, depending on the utility. When the maintenance period expires, the Town performs a final inspection. If the infrastructure is in acceptable condition, a Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) is issued to the developer, relieving the developer of all maintenance obligations. Once an FAC is issued, the Town accepts ownership.
Visit Permits and Inspections for application forms and explanation of the process.
As of July 1, wearing a mask will no longer be required by the Province (with the exception of continuing care and acute care centres, in public transit, taxis and ride sharing, and inside fire halls/ambulances).
Some business owners may also choose to require their patrons to continue masking. This is at their discretion and is their responsibility to enforce.
Yes. Complete the online self-assessment and then follow the links to book an appointment.
Yes, the Cochrane RancheHouse is proud to participate as an Alberta Health Services COVID-19 vaccination centre and help support the provincial vaccination roll out.
Many local pharmacies are also offering the COVID-19 vaccine.
All booking is done through AHS.
The Town of Cochrane Eco Centre is located at 50 Griffin Industrial Point.
Cochrane Eco Centre remains open with regular schedule, mask use required to use facility.
The Eco Centre is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Modified programs available see page for details.
The Town of Cochrane Eco Centre accepts a wide range of materials for recycling. Check the web page for a complete list, including special and seasonal programs.
We are accepting white, block, packing foam. It must be free of tape, labels & colour. Limit of 2 bags per household/business per week for Cochrane and Rocky View residents only. Proof of residency may be requested.
We are not accepting Styrofoam peanuts, meat trays, coloured foam or egg cartons until further notice.
Accepting, sorting, cleaning up and processing Styrofoam at the Eco Centre involves a lot of material handling by staff; safety for the public and staff can not be guaranteed. To safely deliver all other services at the Eco Centre, meat trays, egg cartons, meat trays and take-out container Styrofoam recycling cannot be currently resumed. Please bag and put in your black cart as garbage.
You can bring your broken small appliances to the Cochrane Eco Centre and put them into the E-Waste cage. For larger appliances like a fridge, stove, washer, dryer, air conditioner, hot water tank, water cooler or freezer, fees will apply, speak to an attendant when you get onsite and they will direct you. Visa, Mastercard and Interac accepted.
For working used appliances, Home Reno Heaven may accept them but please call first to check their capacity 403-851-1117.
No, the Cochrane Eco Centre does not accept or recycle mattresses or boxsprings. RE-MATT in Calgary does though (403-918- 6411), otherwise we recommend driving them to the City of Calgary Spyhill landfill.
No, the Cochrane Eco Centre does not take used furniture. There are various re-use programs in Cochrane and area that might take your used furniture for a donation, otherwise it needs to go to a landfill outside of Cochrane.
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The final population figure determined by the 2019 Municipal Census is 29,277.
Cochrane currently has approximately 1450 resident businesses, which includes approximately 780 home based businesses.
Cochrane Business Development is a great place to start for support and information. They have good working relationships with other groups and agencies that provide services to business; if they don’t have what you’re looking for, they will find someone who does.
No. Cochrane does not create or maintain a voters list and so there is no distribution of resident information to any of our candidates.
Voting stations are open from 7a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021.
Every effort will be made to ensure the safety of voters and election staff.
Municipal elections in Alberta are regulated by the Local Authorities Election Act, which is provincial legislation. Each municipality also has a Municipal Election Bylaw to regulate any additional details specific to their municipality.
Yes, you must be a Canadian citizen. You must also be:
In order to vote, you must prove your identity and address with one of the following:
Yes, all citizens who meet the eligibility requirements can vote. Property ownership is not a determining factor.
No. You would not meet the eligibility criteria as your place of residence must be located in the Town of Cochrane on Election Day.
It is your responsibility to ensure your ballot package has been received by the Returning Officer in advance of the special ballot deadline which is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021.
No. You can vote for one candidate for Mayor and up to six candidates for Council.
The Returning Officer may publish unofficial results after the close of voting stations on election day. However, election results will be made official at 12 p.m. on October 22, 2021.
Municipal elections are held every four years in Alberta.
Yes, you must be a Canadian citizen to vote. You also have to be a resident of Alberta for at least six months leading up to the election, and you must live in the municipality you want to vote in.
Yes, you need to show ID to vote. Check the voter ID section for accepted forms of ID (there are lots).
Cochrane Town Council has six Councillors and one Mayor. You can vote for one candidate for Mayor and up to six candidates for Council (fewer than six is ok too).
You can cast an advance vote, or a special ballot.
The Town of Cochrane returning officer announces unofficial election results as soon as all the votes are counted on election day (usually within a couple of hours after the polls close at 8pm). The results become official at noon on the fourth day after the election.
We have links to contact information for all candidates. You can also read the local newspaper and online news sources for articles and interviews with the candidates, or look for opportunities to meet with them in person and ask about their platforms and priorities.
There’s more information on Alberta Municipal Affairs website.
Yes. You can file your nomination papers beginning January 1 until noon on Nomination Day (Monday, September 20, 2021).
Yes. You can request to view nomination papers at any time during the nomination period, in the presence of the Returning Officer.
If you know of someone who voted even though they were ineligible, report it to the Returning Officer.
No. Campaigning is not allowed inside, outside or near a voting station.
Yes. If you have concerns, contact the Returning Officer.
A recount may be made if the Returning Officer is shown reasonable grounds by a candidate, official agent or a scrutineer that the count of votes is inaccurate. The Returning Officer may also consider a recount based on the number of rejected ballots, valid ballots objected to, or any administrative or technical errors.
The Returning Officer will write the names of those candidates in the tie on separate pieces of paper and will "draw a name from a hat". The name on the paper pulled from the hat is considered to receive one more vote.
Yes; unless they have been convicted of an election offence (federal, provincial or local) within the past 10 years, they are allowed to run in the election. Ineligibility to run in a local election is outlined in section 22 of the Local Authorities Election Act.
No, you are not allowed to distribute or share any form or ballot printed by the Returning Officer.
Election signs can go up on private property at anytime. Be sure to ask permission before putting signs on private land and call Alberta One Call at 1-800-242-3447 before you dig. Election signs on public property can go up at the close of Nomination Day (Monday, September 20, 2021) and must be removed within the 48 hours after Election Day.
Provide notice to your manager by July 1, 2021 that you will require a unpaid leave of absence due to running for Council.
File your nomination paperwork prior to beginning any campaigning or receiving any financial contributions or incurring any expenses.
Take a leave from your position as of September 19, 2021. If elected, you will need to resign your current position as of October 19, 2021.
If not elected, you would resume your regular duties as of October 19, 2021.
If so, please visit the Family Resource Network located at 127 First Avenue West.
If you are a rural family, please connect with our Rural Community Support Worker.
Visit the Volunteer Opportunities site for things to consider and the Volunteer Connector for opportunities.
Cochrane has a variety of options, please call them to find out the specifics:
Cochrane FCSS has volunteers available to assist you with your taxes.
You may be eligible if you have a modest income and a simple tax situation. Income thresholds are based on family size.
This program can also assist:
Call 403-851-2250 to find out if you qualify.
Please call 403-851-2265 to talk to someone at the FRN.
All groups are currently virtual during Covid-19. Please check our Facebook page or website for a calendar of events.
The HomeStead apartment building at 209 – Second Avenue West is run by the Cochrane Society for Housing Options as well as their location in Sunset. Information and a wait list application can be found on their website. It can also be found at our office at 127 1 Avenue, Family Resource Network, Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm. Closed for Lunch 12-1PM. Please call or stop by for more information. If you have questions, please reach out to Sandra at 403-851-2565.
Cochrane FCSS has volunteers available to assist you with your taxes.
You may be eligible if you have a modest income and a simple tax situation. Income thresholds are based on family size.
This program can also assist:
Call 403-851-2250 to find out if you qualify.
In order for this arrangement of direct billing to work smoothly, all clients with Alberta Blue Cross coverage must present their Alberta Health Care insurance card and Blue Cross card at the time the service is provided. If we do not receive the required information at that time - or if your plan does not cover the total cost of the ambulance service - we will issue a bill. If you are a Blue Cross subscriber and receive a bill for the full service, please contact our office as soon as you can so that we may review the situation and, if possible, send in the claim directly to Blue Cross. There is a provided time period of one year from the date of service to make a claim to Blue Cross. Whether you are on a government program or a private group or have an individual plan the same basic information is required: your full name, correct mailing address, your date of birth, Alberta Health Care identification number, Alberta Blue Cross group number, class and/or section number and your identification number.
Yes, outdoor fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, barbecue pits or portable fire receptacles can be used year round, as long as there is no fire ban in effect that prohibits their use. As long as your fire pit, outdoor fireplace, barbecue pit or portable fire receptacle meet the guidelines outlined in the Fire Services Bylaw, you don’t need a permit. You may use your fire pit to burn clean, dry, untreated wood or charcoal, but not yard waste. You are required to have a means of extinguishing the fire on hand at all times while it is burning. A garden hose and water are sufficient. Download the fire pit brochure for more details and specifications for an acceptable fire pit.
The Hwy 1A Improvement Project is a long-awaited upgrade to the Hwy 1A corridor through Cochrane from east of Centre Avenue to west of Fifth Avenue. The project includes widening from two lanes to four lanes (two eastbound and two westbound), as well as pathways and sidewalks on the north and south sides. In addition to changes to Hwy 1A, accesses to side streets through the area will be modified to improve traffic flow, safety and alignment with Alberta Transportation requirements.
Construction is planned to start in the spring of 2021, with an estimated completion date of Fall 2022.
A number of detours are planned to keep traffic flowing. We’ll provide regular updates during construction.
Yes, as part of this project a regional, multi-user pathway will be constructed on the north side of Hwy 1A and a sidewalk will be constructed on the south side of the highway.
The total project budget is $13.9m:
This project is being funded from a provincial Municipal Stimulus Funding (MSP) grant, offsite levies (fees charged to developers) and tax-supported debt. Principal and interest payments on the debt will be funded from taxes.
Total project cost is funded as follows:
The Town and the province have long recognized the need for improvements to Hwy 1A through Cochrane. The Town recognized that the province would not be able to fund both the Hwy 1A/22 interchange project and the Hwy 1A project — so the Town is using MSP funding to support the Hwy 1A project before construction starts on the Hwy 1A/22 interchange.
The project and budget were approved by Town Council at the October 26, 2020 Council meeting. The borrowing bylaw was approved by Council at the November 9, 2020 Town Council meeting.
The Hwy 1A/22 interchange project is estimated to cost more than $60m. If the Town were to fund and construct it, there would be a significant increase to property taxes. The province recognizes the value of this project and has committed to funding this project. Work is anticipated to begin in 2022.
Properties identified as being in the highway right-of-way for expansion were identified and acquired by Alberta Transportation a number of years ago.
The speed limit on Hwy 1A through Cochrane will remain at 50 kph.
The speed limits along Hwy 1A and adjoining roadways will remain the same as they are today with the exception of Fourth Avenue West north of Hwy 1A, which will be reduced to 30km/hr from Hwy 1A up the hill to the schools. Signs will be posted to ensure drivers are aware of the speed limits.
The LUB is a bylaw that regulates land use and development intensity for all land and buildings in Cochrane. The province requires every municipality in Alberta to have an LUB.
The LUB is intended to align with the vision and policies above it in the planning hierarchy (see how):
Other plans that outline the long-term vision for specific areas or uses include the Integrated Downtown Action Plan (IDAP) and Open Spaces Master Plan (OSMP).
The LUB gives the Town the tools to implement these documents by:
Due to Health Canada’s recent decision to lower the Maximum Acceptable Concentration (MAC) of lead in water from 0.010 mg/L to 0.005 mg/L, municipalities in Canada are required to test local water for the presence of lead.
60 Cochrane residences will be selected randomly with a focus on those built before 1975. Homeowners will be contacted directly and invited to participate.
Absolutely. The Town’s water quality testing – posted to cochrane.ca/WaterQuality – confirms that lead levels in our water supply are at 0.00005 mg/L, well below Health Canada’s maximum acceptable limit of 0.005 mg/L. Over the years, as the Town has inspected and replaced pipes, no lead pipes have been found.
Lead can get in water from watermains, service lines and household plumbing parts that contain lead (e.g., pipes, solder, fixtures). The most common source of lead is from lead pipes used to deliver water to homes built before 1960. These pipes were phased out in the late 1950s. Older homes (generally ones built before 1960) are more likely to have lead parts.
Homes built prior to 1975 were more likely to contain lead products during construction. Lead-based solder continued to be used for plumbing until the mid-80s. Cochrane’s water distribution system was developed in the 1950s and 60s, when the most common material used was copper. Before that, most existing homes were on private wells; when they were tied into the Town’s water infrastructure, it was with copper pipes.
You can purchase a water filter from a home improvement store or online, look for one that is NSF 53 Certified for lead reduction. Attach the filter to the tap used for drinking and cooking water. If you have no filter and you have lead concerns you can flush the water from the tap for 5 minutes prior to using water for drinking or cooking, if the water has been sitting in the piping for 6 hours or longer. Use only cold water for drinking and cooking. You can also have your water tested independently through an accredited laboratory. The cost for this testing is the responsibility of the homeowner.
To ask to appear before Town Council, or to place an item on a Council meeting agenda, review the Council Delegation Information Sheet and then contact the manager of Legislative Services at 403-851-2500.
You may contact us at 403-932-2674 or FOIP@cochrane.ca to let us know what information you are looking for. A formal FOIP request may not be necessary; if it is, we will assist you https://www.oipc.ab.ca/action-items/how-to-make-an-access-request.aspxthrough the application process. See FOIP page.
The FOIP Coordinator can be contacted at 403-932-2674, or at FOIP@cochrane.ca to help determine whether the records(s) you want access to are routinely available or if a FOIP request is required this form is required: https://www.cochrane.ca/DocumentCenter/View/99
In March 2018, Town of Cochrane Council approved an amendment to the Waste Management Bylaw requiring all multi-unit properties to provide on-site source-separated organics for their residents. The intention of the amendment is to ensure that Cochrane residents living in apartment complexes, condos and unserviced townhome complexes have access to convenient organics services just like single family homes in Cochrane.
All multi-unit properties, households and businesses in Cochrane pay an Eco Centre fee of $5 per month for the operation of the Town of Cochrane Eco Centre and Special Waste programming. The Cochrane Eco Centre accepts everything from excess recycling, household batteries (rechargeable, alkaline and automotive), propane tanks (all sizes), fluorescent light tubes, CFL's, household hazardous waste (chemicals), paint, aerosols, electronics, scrap metal, glass, styrofoam, leaves & grass, tree trimmings, Christmas Trees, printer cartridges, eye glasses, used motor oil, oil filters, oil containers, grease and used cooking oils, food waste, bicycles, clothing and books. All of these programs are funded by the monthly fee.
Your FIRST WASTE, RECYCLING AND ORGANICS PLAN IS DUE ON OR BEFORE JUNE 30, 2018. Ways to submit your plan: • online: use the online form on www.cochrane.ca/multi-unit • on paper: download the form from www.cochrane.ca/multi-unit and mail, fax or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) Town of Cochrane staff will contact you within a week of receiving your form. If you are not contacted within this timeframe, please contact the Waste & Recycling Hotline 403-851-2277 or email@example.com
Your recycling program must be implemented on or before September 30, 2018.
Plans must be submitted for new buildings or when there are significant program changes for existing buildings within 30 days of occupancy or change of ownership.
The following materials are acceptable in most organic collection programs:
Fruit and vegetable scraps
Food leftovers, plate scrapings
Meat, fish, giblets and bones
Dairy products, butter mayonnaise, dressings
Bread, cereal, grains,
Baked goods, candies
Coffee Filters and grounds
Solidified fats and grease
Baking ingredients, herbs, spices
Houseplants, cut and dried flowers
Nuts, pits, seeds and shells
Soiled paper towels and tissues
Pizza boxes, no plastic inserts
Yard and garden waste (consider volume increases when grass clippings, leaves, tree trimmings and yard and garden waste is accepted)
Alternative materials accepted (confirm with collection company if these materials will be accepted)
Flour and sugar bags
Dryer sheets and lint
Used paper cups and plates
Compostable serving wear and bags
Yes, the program applies to smaller properties, however properties with 25 or fewer units have some additional options available to them. 8 or fewer units Owners or managers of multi-unit properties with eight or fewer units may apply to receive and pay for the Town’s automated waste, recycling and organics cart service. Contact Waste & Recycling Services directly at 403-851-2277 or firstname.lastname@example.org to determine eligibility. 25 or fewer units Owners or managers of multi-unit properties with 25 or fewer units may apply for exemption from hiring a private recycling collector through their Waste, Recycling and Organics Plan. If approved for exemption, you are still required to: •Set up and maintain onsite storage of all recyclables •Self-haul recycling: assign hauling of recyclable materials to yourself, an employee or volunteer to a verifiable recycling facility such as the Cochrane Eco Centre. •Inform your residents of the recycling/organics program details in writing (by letter, brochure, poster etc.) within 30 days of move-in. Contact Waste & Recycling Services directly at 403-851-2277 or email@example.com to determine eligibility.
Perhaps but not necessarily. You need to ensure that you monitor your program to ensure that you have the appropriate frequency of collection, type and number of containers. Yes, you are adding organic collection (which is usually cheaper than waste collection), but you should be able to reduce the number containers and frequency of your waste collection (which is currently comprised of 50% organics waste) which should save you money.
You may be able to replace waste containers with organic containers requiring the same amount of space as before; for example, if you have two 6-yard dumpsters for waste, replace one with a 6-yard organic dumpster.
Consider expanding your waste, recycling and organic collection area into an unused space, like a rarely used parking spot. Your collection company and the Town of Cochrane Waste & Recycling Services can help you identify areas for organic container placement.
The Town of Cochrane will provide some standardized communication material to help educate your residents, including posters, brochures, graphic files and sign templates. Request communications materials through the Waste & Recycling Hotline 403-851-2277 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Graphic files and electronic sign templates can be downloaded from www.cochrane.ca/multi-unit
There are many ways to introduce a new organic collection program. Based on experience, we suggest hosting a one-time kick-off event. Here are a few examples:
A party for the property residents that combines food (for example a BBQ) and entertainment (music or games) with an introduction to the new organic collection program. Activities can include demonstrations on how to set up your in-unit organics, where and how to take organics to the collection bins and examples of items acceptable in the program. As residents arrive they can be directed to sign in and receive their organics brochure (and bin if you are providing them)
Pros: Suitable for all sizes of properties. Fun. Highly visible. Promotes conversations and community building. Residents will associate the new organic collection program with a positive experience.
Cons: Requires a suitable space. Cost for food and/or entertainment. Time consuming to plan. Need sufficient staff/volunteers.
Community Meeting/Open House
A resident gathering in a common area, either as a stand-alone event or plan it to coincide with an already scheduled AGM or other meeting. An open house format allows residents to drop in and leave after they have asked questions and picked up brochures. Residents can be directed to sign in (allowing you to track who attended and follow up with those who couldn’t attend). Set up a demonstration showing in-unit storage options and how organic containers need to be used. Provide some refreshments.
Pros: Not very time consuming. Low cost. Few staff/volunteers required. Drop-in format encourages residents to pop in.
Cons: Less fun than a party.
On a specific date, go door to door to distribute in-unit bins (if you are providing them) and information materials about the program. This gives you the opportunity to explain the program to each resident, including what is acceptable and where the organic collection bins are located.
Pros: Good choice for smaller properties. No extra cost. Easy to keep track of who you spoke with.
Cons: Time consuming for larger properties.
However, you chose to roll out your program, ensure you keep track of who attended events and who you spoke to. To reach those that were unable to attend events or were not home when you went door to door, consider leaving the brochures and program information at their door with your contact information so that they can contact you with questions. Use your newsletter or email distribution list to reinforce the messaging electronically. You could also set up a closed Facebook group for your property residents where information can be provided and residents can join in the conversation.
Most residents of multi-unit properties support organic diversion and welcome a program being established if it is convenient and easy to use. Some residents may be concerned that the in-unit container will smell and will attract pests. You can address this concern by reminding them that it is the same material that was in their garbage before, just being put into a different container. You can also provide them with the tips about using certified compostable bags, paper bags, layering their organics, adding paper, keeping the lid closed and cleaning the in-unit container frequently. If they are concerned about the space required for the in-unit container, remind them that most of waste produced in the house is organic material and they may want to consider using a smaller waste container. There are also many options for organic and waste containers that will minimize the space required. We also suggest you emphasize the program’s benefits when chatting with residents: diverting organics is essential for environmental sustainability and significantly reduces the amount of waste going to landfill.
If structural alterations will be made to the property to accommodate waste, recycling and organic containers, waste collection areas or waste enclosures, visit with the Town of Cochrane’s Planning and Development Services Department to learn about any permits that may be required:
Town of Cochrane Planning & Engineering Services
403-851-2570 or email@example.com
No. Washing, repairing or servicing a vehicle on or near any Town road or street ("highway" in the provincial Traffic Safety Act) in a manner that allows soap suds, mud, cement, refuse, debris, tar, oil, grease, antifreeze or other vehicle fluids to flow onto or enter upon a Town road or street is not permitted.
No, you don't have to create an account to use the MY Cochrane mobile app. Cancel the request and carry on using the app.
My Cochrane is a great way to get all the notifications you’re interested in: emergency alerts, events, waste and recyling collection, RFP postings and more. Tap the Notify Me icon, tap the categories you'd like to sign up for, then tap beside the way you'd like to get notifications: email or text (you'll be asked to provide your email address or phone number).
Developers of new subdivisions install infrastructure to service new homes: water mains, hydrants, storm ponds, swales, sewers, roads, sidewalks, pathways, parks and more. Infrastructure must comply with regulations and pass Town inspections. After they pass inspections, Construction Completion Certificates (CCC) are issued and maintenance periods (1-3 years) are served. The Town performs a final inspection; if the infrastructure is in acceptable condition, the Town issues a Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC). Once an FAC is issued, the Town accepts ownership of the infrastructure and takes over service and maintenance.
No development can go ahead without a Council-approved planning document, whether that’s an Area Structure Plan, Neighbourhood Plan and others. To find out what’s been approved in your area, go to cochrane.ca/Neighbourhoods and look for plans in your area.
Cochrane’s 60+ km of pathways connect neighbourhoods and increase our mobility options. All new areas must include parks and pathways. In general, locations are part of the neighbourhood approval process There are challenges in some areas because of proximity to highways and railway tracks. The Town is currently updating the Transportation Master Plan (Connecting Cochrane) to identify future links. For more on long-term transportation network plans, go to cochrane.ca/Transportation. For neighbourhood plans and maps, go to cochrane.ca/LocalInfo
Town planning follows a legislated process, and becomes more specific with each step. This ensures consistency across services (connecting to Town water, for instance), and allows the Town a view of the big picture: sustainability, long-term impact and managed growth. There are parts of the process where the public can provide input More info and a map are on cochrane.ca/Planning.
Paper, cardboard and certified compostable bags are allowed in the organics cart. Look for these two symbols when purchasing your certified compostable bags.
All the material collected in green carts is used to make compost, a valuable material for helping grow plants, enhance Town parks and help nearby family farms and other agriculture operations. It takes about one year to turn organics into compost. We do compost give-away events every Spring so residents are able to get free compost for their gardens!
Cochrane's organics collection program accepts pet waste as long as it is in compostable bags. There are two logos we trust to be "certified compostable".
Yes, you can use a bag in your kitchen catcher — it makes it easier to move your organics to your green cart and can help keep your kitchen catcher clean. Make sure you use the right kind of bag: paper or certified compostable ONLY. Do not use plastic or so-called biodegradable bags. Look for logos that indicate “certified compostable.”
There are a few ways you can prevent smells: • Sprinkle in some baking soda • Rinse it out with vinegar • Wash it in your dishwasher • Line with a single piece of newspaper/cardboard • Wrap food scraps in a paper towel, newspaper, paper bag or box. In summer, you can also keep material frozen until organics collection day.
Your green cart will NOT be emptied if the lid is open or if it contains ANY of these materials: aluminum, bricks or stones, ceramics, cigarette butts/ashes, clothing, diapers, garbage, glass, glossy paper, hazardous waste, lumber, medical waste, metal, plastic bags or containers, plastic straws, plastic wine corks or styrofoam.
Using an in-sink garbage disposal unit puts more solids into the sanitary pipes, which leads to increased clogs and blockages. This means more service calls and added costs for the Town and homeowners. Using your organics cart ensures the material is used to make compost.
Yes! As soon as the colder weather permits, Parks staff actively work on establishing two outdoor skating areas:
Both are maintained for ice skating as long as the weather allows. Lights are on nightly until 10pm. Always call the 24-hour Facility Status Line for updates before you head out: 403-851-2552.
A Festival and Events permit is required to host any event in a Town park. Please call 403-851-2535 for more information.
If you would like to honour a loved one, family or group with a bench or picnic table in a Town park, you can purchase a piece of park furniture and have it installed by Town Parks staff, complete with bronze plaque. Find out more or apply.
A permit is required to access your property through a Town park or pathway. Contact us at least 72 hours before you need access 403-851-2590 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be prepared with information such as the type, size and weight of vehicle being used, materials to be transported, and the length of time required to complete the work. All permits are weather dependent. There is no charge for the permit. Permits are assessed on an individual need basis.
Fishing is permitted at Mitford Pond. Mitford Pond is stocked annually with trout. Anglers 13 years old and younger are allowed to use bait and keep one trout per day. All other anglers 14 years and older, must release their catch and use single barbless hooks on their lures or flies, absolutely no bait. A license is required by any person 16 or over. There is no night or ice fishing permitted.
There are no circumstances in which stormwater facilities are safe for walking, skating or any other use: the surface may look solid, but changes underneath present a significant danger. Stormwater facilities are not formed naturally. They are specifically created to take run-off from local streets and filter it before it flows into the river.
There are a number of reasons they are not safe:
A variety of local bylaws and provincial regulations govern when you need a permit. This may also vary with the specific circumstances surrounding your project. It is always best to contact Permits and Inspections at 403-851-2572 to discuss the specifics before starting any new work. Click here to see a list of work that requires permits.
The Safety Codes Act requires that all contractors and homeowners in Alberta obtain permits prior to commencing work on buildings covered by the Alberta Building and Fire Codes, the Canadian Electrical Code, the Gas Codes or the National Plumbing Code. Click here to see a list of work that requires permits
You do not need a permit if you are building a fence that is in compliance with Cochrane’s Land Use Bylaw (Sections 11.6 and 11.7). This means the fence height should not exceed 2.0m in the rear yard, and should not exceed 1.0m in the front yard. For corner lots, sightlines have to be maintained. This means the property corner facing two streets should maintain a 7.6m x 7.6m triangle sightline, in which no vegetation or structures should exceed 1.0m in height. Also, many properties in Town have utility right-of-ways in their front yards. A fence should not be placed within the right-of-way.
As with any project where digging is required, always do a locate request through Alberta One Call.
The Cochrane Program and Activity Guides come out in mid-May (summer programs), mid-August (fall and winter programs) and early December (winter and spring programs). (Please note: the 2019 winter/spring guide comes out Jan 2, 2019.)
Registration starts at 9am the day the Program & Activity Guide comes out. Registrations are accepted by phone at 403-851-2534 or in person at Cochrane FCSS (209 Second Avenue W) during business hours.
The Winter Activity guide comes out January 2, 2019; registration for winter/spring programs starts January 7, 2019. We're launching a new online registration system in January — watch for more info and instructions coming soon!
We're always looking for artists to participate in monthly ClubHouse Art Walks. Find out more!
Town of Cochrane recreation programs are in transition following a recent reorganization. The Town is using this transition as an opportunity to evaluate recreation programs and goals before moving forward. While programs currently offered by the Town may change in the coming months, no final decisions have been made. The Town continually reviews its programs and services to provide opportunities that improve the quality of life of our residents.
Christmas Light Up is a community event organized by the Cochrane Light Up committee. It is usually scheduled for late November or early December and supports the Cochrane Activettes Share Your Christmas.
Please review the Arts Endowment Fund policy and contact us to follow up.
Local artists are invited to display their work in the administration lobby on the second floor of the Cochrane RancheHouse. Contact us if you are interested in one of our monthly bookings.
The official unveiling of Cochrane's own Canada 150 Mosaic will be on Canada Day 2017. Cochrane is proud to be a part of the largest mural in this national project, spanning 40 feet long by 8 feet high!
The framework for procurement and contracts is directly related to Cochrane’s commitment to manage Town finances and resources responsibly and report on them to the community.
Complaints/concerns and physical copies of the supporting documentation must be submitted to the contact person for the bid. If the concern cannot be resolved at the department level, the complaint may be referred to our legal and/or process department for review. If a meeting is required, or if litigation follows, the process will follow its due course.
Common reasons an RFP bid is rejected:1. Lack of evidence of your experience relating to the project. 2. Too verbose (unnecessary padding) of the document. 3. Lack of required documentation.4. Financial errors in budget/financial documents.5. Lack of appropriate project planning in the estimated time/cost. 6. Proofreading/spelling mistakes. 7. Late submission. 8. Lack of signature approving that the bid comes from your office.
Common reasons a bid is accepted: 1. Full evidence of experience, capabilities and resources. 2. Price (competitive, fair and market-base )3. Appropriate project planning in the estimated time/cost.4. All required documentation provided.
The RFP includes detailed information, including but not limited to: • Department managing the project• Location of the project/service/goods required• Restrictions, constraints on the SOW• Required deliverables, standards and outcomes• Risk management details and success factors• Performance and evaluation standards/criteria• Applicable municipal, provincial, federal legislation or guidelines• Terms and conditions of the bidding process• Public reporting (post-award) and filing requirements
Weighted criteria can usually be broken down into key areas: planning/execution approach, capabilities/experience and price; the RFP usually lists the weighted criteria, including relative weightings. The evaluation criteria will be different for each project, so do not rely on past RFPs to determine your potential for success.
Final award is determined on final scores in both steps of the evaluation process.
Our evaluation takes into account your company’s best project approach, capabilities and resources, pricing, scheduling, and supplemental documentation. The winner who receives the contract will have met the right balance of all these aspects, measured against the weight of each part of the RFP requirements and the evaluation criteria.
Volker Stevin maintains the highways and traffic lights within the Town for Alberta Transportation. Please call 888-877-6237 or visit their website.
If water has accumulated on the road near your house, on your driveway or front lawn, you may be located near a trap low. A trap low is a device that slows the flow of water into stormwater ponds; it is designed to hold the water on the street (properties on streets with trap lows are graded to keep the water away from foundations). If rainwater accumulation has not drained 24 hours after the rain stops, please contact Town of Cochrane Operations at 403-851-2590. More info on trap lows.
Stormwater are specifically created to take run-off from local streets and filter it before it flows into the river.
Stormwater facilities are not ever safe for recreational use (skating, walking) for a number of reasons:
The Town occasionally installs "Disabled Parking Only" signs on a public street if warranted. To be considered, you must be able to prove that you have a permanent disabled parking placard for your vehicle AND you must not have access to to other off-street parking (garage, driveway, carport, etc). If this is the case, please contact us to initiate a discussion (please include your address): email@example.com.
Your annual tax bills were mailed May 28 and taxes will be due by June 30, 2021. The taxes billed will cover the period January 1 to December 31 of 2021. Supplementary taxes (November tax bill) are due December 31.
The Town of Cochrane offers a variety of payment methods for property taxes (CREDIT CARDS & INTERAC E-TRANSFERS ARE NOT ACCEPTED)
Interac: please bring your property tax bill and ensure that your daily limit is large enough to pay your bill.
Cheque: we accept cheques post-dated on or before the due date indicated on the tax bill
Please note: credit cards are not accepted for property tax payments.
Yes, there is a penalty if you miss the property tax due date.
The due date for property tax payment is the date shown on the front of your tax bill. To avoid a penalty, payment must be received no later than the due date. If your bank is paying your taxes you are still responsible for ensuring they are paid on time.
Penalties are imposed under the authority of the Town of Cochrane Tax Penalties Bylaw 08/2008, which was passed pursuant to provisions of the Municipal Government Act and cannot be waived by the Town of Cochrane Tax Department.
Property tax account balances remaining outstanding after the due date are subject to the following penalties:
A further penalty of 15% is applied on January 1 to the total outstanding balance as of December 31 (including taxes and applied penalties).
No, we can not accept property tax payments on credits cards. Check our Methods of Payment page for all the ways you can pay your property tax bill.
If you are paying principal, interest and taxes (PIT) to your mortgage company, you will receive the original tax bill for your records and the mortgage company will receive an invoice for your taxes. Your tax bill will show the name of the company we are invoicing.If you believe you are paying PIT and the mortgage company name does not appear on the bill, contact your mortgage company immediately.If a mortgage company is indicated on your bill and this firm is no longer responsible for your tax payments, you are responsible for paying the bill.
Single family homes are described on tax bills as “Res Single Family Improved,” which means your property has an improvement on it from a bare lot — your house. It does not indicate an improvement to your home from last year; it’s a way to differentiate between properties with buildings and those without buildings.
Your previous tax information is here on the Town website:
Don’t know or don’t have an Username and Password?
No problem. You can register and access your information immediately by clicking on the blue Activate word. All you need is your recent Assessment Notice or Tax Bill.
Note: Keep your Under Name and password handy for future logins
To find your property tax balance, levy, or payments once you are logged in:
The property taxes each resident pays is calculated in proportion to the value of the real estate property they own. Determining the value of a property for taxation purposes is known as assessment. Assessed values are a means of fairly distributing the town tax burden and ensuring that each property owner pays a fair and equitable level of tax. Find out how your property assessment is determined.
Annual assessment notices are mailed to property owners by the end of January each year. The assessed value reflects the value of your property based on economic conditions as of July 1 and physical condition of December 31 of the previous year.
You may receive the property tax bill if you sold your property, because at the time the tax bills were printed, the Town had not yet received the Certificate of Title with the new owner’s information.
Check for agendas for upcoming meetings (posted by 3 pm on the Friday before the meeting). Meetings begin at 6 pm and are held in Council Chambers at the Cochrane RancheHouse: 101 RancheHouse Road.
Please use the online form to contact a member of Council. You can also call 403-851-2500 and ask to leave a message.
If your cart was not collected please call the Waste & Recycling Hotline at 403-851-2277. If you receive a voice message, please leave your name, address, colour of cart missed and the time your cart was put out for collection. We will call you back during regular office hours (Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm excluding statutory holidays).
Carts must be out at the curb no later than 7am on your collection day. Roll your carts back in by 7pm.
Please see the collection calendar and map page. Search your address, print your calendar and sign up for automatic reminders.
There are only two days we don't collect, Christmas Day and New Years Day. If your collection falls on either of these days, check your zone calendar or our Eco Centre Facebook page to learn what day they will be collecting to make up for your missed collection day. All other holidays, waste, recycling and organics will be picked up as scheduled.
No. Carts are the property of the Town of Cochrane and are assigned to addresses rather than people. Please do not take your carts with you when you move. If you need carts at your new residence, call the Waste and Recycling Hotline at 403-851-2277.
Call the Waste and Recycling Hotline at 403-851-2277 and we’ll help.
Where you store your cart is up to you as long as you don’t leave it on the street. Residents with front street collection will find it easy to store the carts in their garage, on their front deck, or along the side of their house. Residents with alley collection can store their carts in their garage or against their back fence. Choose the storage location that works best for you. Please ensure your carts do not impede traffic and are not stored in a way that may be obtrusive or unsightly to your neighbours. Carts need to be rolled out by 7am on your collection day and rolled back in by 7pm.
If your cart is damaged or missing, call the Waste and Recycling Hotline at 403-851-2277 immediately.
Damaged carts are repaired or replaced by our Eco Centre team within a week of your call.
Missing carts generally find their way back to the address within a week. If your cart has been missing for over a week, a replacement cart will be issued at the expense of the property owner.
The limit on curbside residential waste collection in Cochrane promotes waste diversion and gives the Town of Cochrane the ability to control waste disposal costs. The limit on curbside residential waste collection is one 120L waste cart per household per week.
If you have excess waste you have 3 options:
1. Purchase Town of Cochrane excess waste bags, put your waste in the bags and place it beside your waste cart on your collection day. Bags can be purchased at the Cochrane RancheHouse, Visitor Information Centre or at the Cochrane Eco Centre during regular operational hours for $3 each.
2. The Cochrane Eco Centre (50 Griffin Industrial Point) accepts clear bagged household waste for $3/bag. All recycling and organics must be removed prior to disposal.
3. If you have excess waste on a regular basis you can make arrangements for an additional waste cart; a set up fee and an additional monthly charge will apply. Please call the Waste and Recycling Hotline at 403-851-2277 for details.
All waste must be bagged and tied inside the waste collection cart. Residents are welcome to use plastic, paper, biodegradable or compostable bags to contain their waste within the cart; you are not limited to using standard black garbage bags. Waste is bagged so the truck operator can easily and safely collect any waste that misses the hopper during the tip. It also prevents damage to the moving parts of the collection trucks. Un-bagged waste can become entangled in the chain and cause hydraulic breakdowns.
It is the responsibility of the resident to ensure waste put out for collection is bagged and fits inside the cart with the lid closed so that it is impervious to weather, animals and birds. Please clean up the mess, bag the waste and ensure your cart lid is closed.
Don't put the following items out for waste collection:
For more information call the Waste & Recycling Hotline at 403-851-2277.
Paper coffee cups go into the organics cart. Styrofoam coffee cups go to the Eco Centre. Mixed material coffee cups go into the garbage.
Plastic coffee cup lids, straws and stoppers go into the waste cart.
Clean, dry coffee cup warmers go into the recycling cart.
As you can see it's best to use a re-usable mug. Many local coffee shops provide discounts when you bring your own cup!
Excess recycling can be delivered directly to the Eco Centre during operational hours. Alternatively, if you have excess recycling on a regular basis you can make arrangements for an additional recycling cart; a one time delivery fee and monthly collection fee will apply. Please call the Waste and Recycling Hotline at 403-851-2277 for details.
The Town of Cochrane Eco Centre, located at 50 Griffin Industrial Point accepts;
Fridges, freezers and water coolers for a $40 fee each.
Stoves, washers, dryers and dishwashers for a $30 fee each.
Hot water tanks for a $15 fee each.
Home Reno Heaven in Cochrane also accepts working appliances less than 10 years old at 136 Charlesworth Avenue. Call them at 403-851-1117.
Cochrane Bottle Depot205 Railway Street East. Phone: 403-932-4399.
Like most municipalities, the Town of Cochrane collects fees from residents and businesses in order to finance waste, recycling and organics collection services. These rates are adjusted as required to reflect the costs associated with offering curbside collection services. Currently, all households pay $23.58. All households and businesses in Cochrane also pay an Eco Centre fee of $5.00 /month for the operation of the Town of Cochrane Eco Centre and Special Waste Programming.
With the completion of the recent upgrade, Cochrane's plant has one of the strictest approvals in Alberta, and it is one of only a few that combines three state-of-the-art processes under one roof, along with a control system that rivals any modern manufacturing plant in operation.
Cochrane's water is considered hard because of the amount of calcium in it; the calcium occurs naturally at the mountain source. It typically measures as 180 mg/L or 10 to 11 grains per gallon hardness.
The water pressure in our system is usually constant, but in periods of high water use, slight pressure variations can occur. Sudden and drastic pressure changes should be reported to Operational Services at 403-851-2590.
As well, each home has a pressure-reducing valve that may go out of adjustment and require setting (the valve is part of your home plumbing system and is private). Call a plumber if you suspect a problem with the valve in your home.
Our highest demand day came in 2016 when we used a total of 13.9 million litres of water. Our population was 25,122 at the time, which means on that day we used an average of 552 litres of water per person. In 2017, we averaged 238 litres per person per day in the winter, and 354 litres per person per day in the summer. In 2008, Town Council decided that expanding our current water treatment plant will enable us to use the remaining capacity of our existing license. This option is the most cost effective and involves the least risk.
We have numerous conservation initiatives that have been successful such as the three-tier water rate, the water conservation rebate program and a low-flow fixture requirement. The Water Utility bylaw limits the time of day you can water outside year round. Since the bylaw was originally approved in 2008, Cochranites have reduced their average water consumption approximately 15%.
The Town has also partnered with ExactET on a local weather station that can send information to irrigation systems so that they only use the water your soil really needs. We are also working with Parks to pilot irrigation systems controlled by this weather station.
As an organization, the Town has a policy in place to look for ways to reduce water consumption in the Town operations as well as in the community. We continually research new initiatives to consider for water conservation.