The overwhelming majority of residents who have participated in both formal and informal public engagement opportunities have indicated the preferred direction for their community is to rebuild; some residents have already begun the rebuild process.
The Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee (WBRC) passed the following motion at the Dec. 7, 2016, meeting:
That Administration be directed to develop a long-term flood mitigation strategy for recommendation to Council that accomplishes the following:
- Ensures that residents within flood hazard areas will be fully eligible for Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) funding for future flood events;
- Allows the encumbrances (development agreement and restrictive covenant) currently being required as conditions of approval to re-develop fire damaged properties in the flood hazard areas to be discharged from all affected land titles as soon as the flood mitigation strategy is fully implemented; and
- That there will be no Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo buyout of any or all properties within the flood hazard areas as a flood mitigation strategy.
The proposed commitment to flood mitigation will, if adopted by Council, provide certainty and clarity on Waterways’ future. It reflects the will of residents to protect and preserve the historic significance of their neighbourhood and the province has communicated that Waterways will be protected by Disaster Recovery Program eligibility pending an RMWB commitment to one-in-100-year flood level mitigation standard that is currently defined and accepted at the 250-metre level.
The Municipality expects flood mitigation will be included on the Council agenda for Tuesday. Dec. 13, 2016. As a result, the Waterways-specific Here for You session has been postponed to provide a more comprehensive update. The rescheduled session will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, at Shell Place, Ballroom A.
The Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee is committed and focused on facilitating the rebuild of the Waterways community in a fair and equitable manner that is fiscally responsible and considerate of the needs of the majority of residents. The resident-proposed buyout was initially brought forward by some residents – it was not a proposal made by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
For recovery related questions, please call PULSE at 780-743-7000 and email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.