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Re-survey of wildfire-affected areas

Notice of Re-survey

A public hearing will be held in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to consider the plans of the re-survey.

Learn more.

A re-survey is under way in the wildfire-affected areas of Abasand, Beacon Hill, Draper, Saprae Creek, Stone Creek, Waterways and Wood Buffalo to re-establish survey monuments, or pins, lost because of the 2016 Horse River Wildfire.

An investigative survey will also be completed in all other wildfire-affected areas throughout the region, including but not limited to Anzac and Timberlea.

A re-survey is a legislated process in which monuments are placed at the corners of previously surveyed parcels and given governing status for the boundaries created.

Detailed information of the legislated process is available here.

Learn more about the legislative requirements for a re-survey here.

Crews are on the ground in the wildfire-affected communities and areas adjacent to these communities working to complete the various stages involved in the re-survey.

Important Reminder

Please do not disturb or remove survey monuments, or pins, during the re-survey or investigative survey.

Right to Enter Private Property

Using reasonable care, land surveyors have the legislated right to enter private property while conducting a survey or re-survey. This may involve entering onto land not directly being surveyed to evaluate survey evidence. The surveyor is liable for any damages caused by them or their crews.

Public Input Regarding Survey Evidence

As part of the legislated requirements, a public notice was issued to provide members of the public with the opportunity to share information about survey evidence with the Government of Alberta in order to assist in the re-survey. No public input was received.

Re-surveyor Selection

Through a competitive bidding process, Pals Geomatics was chosen as the successful vendor to complete the re-survey. The work is currently underway for affected neighbourhoods and communities and residents should be aware the re-survey attempts to maintain the integrity of the original boundaries as much as possible.

In striving to do so, the Director of Surveys for the Government of Alberta is requesting support from not only the surveying community, but also anyone who may be planning to build or develop in the affected communities. If this applies to you, the Director of Surveys requests that you inform the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo along with your developer or Alberta Land Surveyor. Coordinating new subdivisions or developments within the re-survey will mitigate the risk of avoidable overlaps/encroachments in the future.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the re-survey, including concerns about the placement of survey marks, you are encouraged to contact Pals Geomatics by phone at 780-455-3177 or toll free at 1-800-263-0305.


All questions should be directed to recovery@rmwb.ca.

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