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RMWB Wildfire Recovery Information

The Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee (WBRC) is recommending Council repeal Bylaw 16/015, an amendment to the Noise Bylaw, which allows for 24-hour Wildfire Recovery Noise throughout the region.

The amendment was originally put in place on July 5, 2016, to facilitate the efficient demolition of the homes destroyed in the 2016 Horse River Wildfire.

The WBRC supports the Recovery Task Force Recommendation to repeal the amendment because the need for 24-hour construction no longer exists. This move would also ensure consistent enforcement of the Noise Bylaw.

“Our recommendation to repeal this bylaw recognizes a significant milestone for the community,” said Kim Jenkins, Chair of the Rebuild Sub-Committee of the WBRC. “There is no longer a need to prioritize demolition and rebuild construction over a bylaw that was in place to protect the rights of our residents to quiet in the overnight hours. This is becoming especially important as more and more residents move back into standing homes or into rebuilt and replaced homes in these rebuild areas.”

Council will hear a first reading of the move to repeal the bylaw amendment on April 11, 2017. Public delegations will be welcome at the second and third readings, which will be held at a later date. Residents can attend the meeting in Council Chambers at Jubilee Centre, located at 9909 Franklin Avenue. All Council and WBRC meetings are broadcast live online at rmwb.ca/council.

For more information, call the PULSE Line at 780-743-7000.

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