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Public engagement update:

In response to feedback received through an online survey, the proposed idea of a new chain-link fence being installed in a section of Timberlea and then potentially in Abasand and parts of Gregoire, is no longer being considered in our approach to how we best manage OHV use together as a community.

We thank residents for their strong participation in the engagement process and for attending the three public engagement sessions in March. You can continue to provide input, ideas and feedback on the other issues and questions related to OHV use by contacting us at any time.

The online survey is now closed, and the full results will be posted shortly. Over 3,800 residents participated in the survey with close to 100 residents attending the public engagement sessions.
We are currently holding meetings with OHV-related stakeholder and community groups. If you would like us to meet with you or your group, please contact PULSE at 780.743.7000 or rmwb.ca/pulse.
When stakeholder meetings have been completed, we will bring forward recommendations to the community on proposed next steps.

 

About OHV use in our community:

Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) are used by residents across the region, including in Fort McMurray and in rural communities. OHV use is a common recreational activity, and the Municipality maintains several staging areas to facilitate and promote safe and legal OHV use by residents.

An OHV is any vehicle designed for cross-country travel on land, water, snow, ice, marsh, swampland or any other natural terrain. This includes motorcycles, minibikes, snow vehicles such as ski-doo and all-terrain vehicles. 
OHV use is also regulated by several municipal bylaws. These bylaws are in place to outline designated staging areas, enhance safety for both OHV users and residents and to highlight the responsibilities of OHV users

How do we best promote safe and legal OHV use?

Recreational opportunities are important for a healthy and balanced lifestyle; however, recreation should be respectful of our neighbours living in a diverse community and of public spaces. 

OHV use in Fort McMurray is not permitted outside of designated staging areas maintained by the Municipality. At the same time, we recognize the need to balance OHV bylaw, education and enforcement efforts with allowing safe spaces for OHV use, while respecting the rights of all residents.

Recently, new firebreaks created in response to the 2016 wildfire have allowed for increased  opportunity for illegal OHV use in Fort McMurray. This new reality has been identified by the Municipality and by you at various ‘Here for You’ public engagement sessions held in recovery from the 2016 wildfire.

While a renewed approach to education and enforcement efforts has taken place since 2016, we are gathering your ideas, input, and feedback on how to best manage OHV use together as a community.

Following the engagement period, we will use the information gathered from residents to consider any recommendations on how to best balance OHV use in the community, specifically in Fort McMurray.

All Winter Maintenance Zones are relaxed until further notice.