Councillor Suzanne Oel
Division 4, Foothills County



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Here is a list of the Boards and Committees that I am currently on:

Accounts Review Committee

Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area Board

Bow River Basin Council

Calgary Inter-Municipal Committee

Calgary Regional Airshed Zone

Calgary Metropolitan Region Board - Servicing Committee rep

Calgary Metropolitan Region Board - Land Use Committee (alt)

Community Standards Appeal Board (alt)

Dark Sky Initiative's Stakeholders Working Group

Foothills Regional Emergency Services Commission - Chairperson

Foothills Regional Water & Waste Water Collaborative - Chairperson

Highwood Management Plan Advisory Committee

Inter-municipal Industrial Lands Project Committee

North West Foothills Recreation Board

Okotoks - Foothills Inter-Municipal Committee (alt)

Priddis/Red Deer Lake Recreation Board

Rocky View - Foothills Inter-Municipal Committee

Subdivison Appeal Board - Council rep



Contact the councillor for your Division. If you are in Division 4, please contact me.

I sincerely thank you for your support as I will continue to serve you 2017-2021 in the position of Councillor for Div. 4 of the Foothills County. Election Q & A below:

Current Occupation: Foothills County Div.4 Councillor (third term) & Business Owner
Years Lived in Foothills County: 21 years

1. Why should the Foothills Countyresidents vote for you?:
Over the past 7 years, I have enjoyed getting to know many of you as we have worked together to find solutions to challenges and worked on opportunities to make our community a great place to live. In partnership with you, it would be my privilege to continue working hard for you on the many projects currently underway and the new ones that will emerge.  As a person of action, I will work with passion to:

  • Continue fighting for our rural perspective to be heard and included by all levels of government.
  • Make wise planning decisions on developing our area, in knowledge of resources and mindful of the cumulative effects of all our activities on the landscape, respecting resident input and direction given through our local and regional plans.
  • Build regional relationships and solutions, spend tax dollars efficiently and represent the interests of Foothills residents.
  • Collaborate on crime prevention, road safety, emergency services, ag issues, hunting and wildlife conflict management, etc.
  • Support business, agriculture, alternative energy and invite industrial development to our Hwy 2A Industrial corridor to enhance services, create jobs and trade opportunities.
  • Develop a Source Water Protection Plan, support our residents to receive flood protection as recommended by our studies, promote flood intelligent development from lessons learned, and strategize regional water and wastewater developments.
  • Future plan, find ways to improve rural internet and build our community vision for recreation.

I am pleased to serve you 2017-2021. 

2. What went into your decision to run for council this year?:
As we face a changing world, I hope to continue working together with you to find creative solutions to support our community and enhance and protect our beautiful home in the Foothills.  I would like to see us move forward with future-minded projects and improvements, which requires a champion, someone with background knowledge who is resourceful and willing to do the hard work.  While we gain ground in the areas of interest to residents, we need to be careful of the burden on taxpayers.  I welcome continued interaction with you on the topics which matter to you. 

3. How will your background or past experience contribute to your success as a councillor?:
Throughout my seven years of public service and 30+ years of business experience, I have learned to evaluate situations, find out where to take action, fix a problem, manage a challenge and communicate in a productive manner to create relationships and bring people together.  Using technology, being energetic and organized, future-thinking, environmentally concerned, analytically-minded, a team-player and respectful of other council members, staff, businesses and residents, has helped me to effectively represent people and advocate for them.  As a long-time rural land owner, I can identify with issues that residents face.

4. What do you see as the most important issues facing Foothills County in the coming four years?: Important Issues: Watershed management and protection, Water and wastewater servicing, Representing Foothills in Calgary Growth Management Board, Flood mitigation, Evaluating feasibility of piped water, Regional collaboration, Hwy 2 corridor growth strategy, Planning decisions, NW Foothills Recreation projects, Improved rural internet, Best 911 call answer - EMS & Fire dispatch coordination, Protecting agriculture - rural values - scenic corridors - dark skies, Fight against crime, Emergency strategies, Road safety, Cycling issues, Improve Priddis Bridge, Hwy 762 issues, Secondary suites, Hwy 2A Industrial Corridor development, Horse industry strategy, Energy and business, Hunting and wildlife conflict management, Agriculture and rural landowner issues, Communication…

I want to help OUR community maintain its rural character, the open spaces, and enjoy the benefits of country living.  I share the desire to protect the natural beauty of the area and preserve the scenic views on Highways 22X, 22 – the Cowboy Trail and Secondary Highway 762, support Dark Sky initiatives, and maintain areas for cherished cultural heritage activities, such as:

When planning for sound development, I agree with residents that we need to consider OUR environment, wildlife and sustainable resources, especially water.  I will work with you to continue bringing community input into our Land-Use Bylaw review, our Growth Management Strategy as we get into detailed planning and into our regional plans currently being drafted, to be sure that OUR vision for Div. 4 is represented.

Division 4 Boundaries:

North - 146 Ave.
South - 242 Ave. & Plummers Road
East of the T intersection at 240 St. East - 144 St.
West - 432 St. between 146 Ave. & 178 Ave. and 384 St. between 178 Ave. & 242 Ave.

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