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RMWB Wildfire Recovery Information

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has released another recovery progress report.

On Tuesday, September 6, Council voted unanimously to support the first reading of an overlay amendment on the Land Use Bylaw. This amendment is a result of a Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee recommendation, which asked for the removal of the “discretionary use” designation of all lands in Abasand, Beacon Hill and much of Waterways.

This change is important to show residents within these zones (other than R3) that they can rebuild to their pre-fire building footprint and will not be denied a development permit to do so. The recommendation also asked to establish with certainty what a property owner (or a group of owners) must do in order to be assured of receiving development approval when a proposed rebuild is not to their pre-fire building footprint.

The amendment must pass a second and third reading, which will take place at a Public Hearing on September 27, 2016.

Last week, the Government of Alberta announced their plan for interim housing for displaced residents in Wood Buffalo. Up to 65 three- and four-bedroom pet-friendly interim housing units will be brought to Fort McMurray in October 2016. A demonstration model will be set up and available for viewing starting tomorrow, September 9, 2016, at the Youth Assessment Centre at 180 Mackenzie Boulevard. The model is open daily from 12 to 7 p.m. for residents to visit.

Demolition and debris removal is continuing across the community:

Date Demo Permits Received Demo Permits Approved Demo Inspections Completed Rebuild Permits
Sept. 8 1,456 1,400 279 53
Sept. 1 1,403 1,333 227 41
Aug. 25 1,270 1,248 197 10
Aug. 18 1,167 1,083 142 6
Aug. 11 1,059 827 N/A 0
Aug. 4 732 419 51 0
 

Residents are reminded of upcoming engagement opportunities in the community:

  • Today, September 8, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Shell Place at MacDonald Island Park, focusing on issues affecting Waterways. The formal presentation will be livestreamed on the Municipality’s Facebook page. Residents will be able to ask questions through the Facebook stream comment section, to be incorporated into the in-person Q&A portion of the presentation.
  • Also today, Thursday, September 8, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Vista Ridge in Saprae Creek Estates.
  • September 15, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Shell Place at MacDonald Island Park, focusing on permitting and post-demolition. The formal presentation will be livestreamed on the Municipality’s Facebook page. Residents will be able to ask questions through the Facebook stream comment section, to be incorporated into the in-person Q&A portion of the presentation.

Residents are reminded that the Telephone Town Hall will resume on Monday, September 12, 2016.

A further Progress Report will be issued on Thursday, September 15, 2016.

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