Following the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s (CMOH) revised recommendation issued on August 25, 2016, the Municipality is pleased to announce that the following CMOH Condition is removed from all Development Permits that have been issued for the areas of Abasand and Beacon Hill:
Development and redevelopment within the Affected Areas of Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways be temporarily restricted until these areas are declared by the Chief Medical Officer of Health of the Province of Alberta to be fit for human habitation.
“This is an important step forward for our residents who have been patiently waiting to begin rebuilding in Abasand and Beacon Hill,” said Councillor Sheldon Germain, of the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee. “I’m proud of this collaborative effort that allows residents to get started as soon as possible. Every day and week matters and I commend everyone involved for finding a way to start the process sooner than expected. This is what can happen when we work together as Council, the WBRC and Task Force and administration.”
As a result of this decision, and subject to any requirements of the Land Use Bylaw and Building Code, Planning and Development is accepting and approving applications for Development Permits and Building Permits in Abasand and Beacon Hill without the CMOH condition.
Residents are able to start rebuilding immediately once their applications have been processed and permits have been issued. The permits will authorize the immediate pouring of foundations or placement of pilings, with the remainder of the rebuild to proceed once Bylaw 16/011 is formally repealed by Council on September 20, 2016.
Despite the ability to develop in Abasand and Beacon Hill, habitation will remain restricted until the completion of all demolition and debris removal, as per the CMOH’s recommendation.
This decision does not apply to Waterways, as additional consideration needs to be given to flood mitigation in that area.