Annually the Council for the Big Lakes County seeks interest from individuals to be part of various boards and committees to serve our public. Council seeks individuals with interest and expertise in the following areas:

Municipal Planning Commission                                             2 members at-large

The Municipal Planning Commission consists of nine (9) Council members and two (2) members at-large.  The Commission provides advice to Council on land use, makes decisions on subdivisions and development permits deemed as discretionary within the County’s Land Use Bylaw, and reviews all development agreements. 

Time commitment:     Meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month starting at 9:00 a.m.

Intermunicipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board      3 members at-large (two (2) year term)

The Intermunicipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board consists of a total of 12 members from Big Lakes County, and the Towns of High Prairie and Swan Hills.  Each member municipality appoints three (3) members at large.  Members of the ISDAB meet in panels of at least three (3) members.

The Appeal Board hears and renders decisions on subdivision and development permit appeals.  Appeals which are impacted by provincial policy go directly to the Alberta Municipal Government Board.  Please note that Appeal Board members cannot be members of the Municipal Planning Commission. 

Time Commitment:                There is a mandatory training session required prior to taking part in an appeal hearing. Hearings are held as required.  To date these appeals have been infrequent.

Big Lakes County Library Board                                              1 member at-large

The Big Lakes County Library Board is a seven-member board consisting of two (2) Councillors, one (1) staff and four (4) at-large. The Board functions as a separate corporation under the Libraries Act and delivers library services by contributing to Kinuso Municipal Library.

Time Commitment:                Approximately four times per year on an ad hoc basis with late afternoon meetings. Please be advised the appointments will be made as follows:

  • 1 member – 1-year term
  • 1 member – 2-year term
  • 2 members – 3-year term

Assessment Review Board                                                        3 members at-large

As a Board or Committee representative, members will assist in municipal operations through research and decision making on current issues. The Assessment Review Board hears and deals with complaints about property assessment that has been received by Big Lakes County. This Board consists of a pool of trained candidates, which convenes an annual panel of no more than three (3) members, of which no more than one may be an elected official. 

Time commitment:                 Mandatory multi-day training session required as prescribed by the Government of Alberta, prior to participating in a Board hearing.  Meetings are infrequent.

High Prairie Airport Advisory Committee                                            1 members at-large

The High Prairie Airport Advisory Committee consists of two (2) Big Lakes County Councillors, two (2) Town of High Prairie Councillors, one (1) Big Lakes County at-large members. The High Prairie Airport Advisory Committee will:

** Appointments will be made during the organizational meeting of Council scheduled for Tuesday, October 24, 2023 @ 10:00 a.m.

** Applications can be found on our website BLC-Member-at-large-Application.pdf ( or at the administration office in High Prairie or Kinuso.

Please forward applications by

4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2023, to:

Jessica Plante, Executive Assistant

Big Lakes County

P.O. Box 239

High Prairie, Alberta T0G 1E0

Fax:  780-523-4227

Email:  [email protected]

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