Lacombe city council rescinded historical policies identified as inoperative, obsolete, expired, spent, superseded, or otherwise ineffective on Monday.
The city’s integrity project for governance documents has been ongoing for four years, with 1,024 bylaws and 300 policies removed over that period.
“One of council’s goals was to consolidate our municipal books, helping ensure city governance is clear, concise and transparent. By eliminating outdated bylaws and policies, we are reducing red tape,” Mayor Grant Creasey said.
The project was initially given the go-ahead in 2016 to organize and index city bylaws and it was discovered that 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In many cases, prior bylaws or policies were not repealed, or rescinded, when a new or amended governing document was passed.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 city said the process to rescind bylaws and policies carries no direct costs and is being completed using existing municipal staff. The project includes three more phases.