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Re-survey of wildfire-affected areas

The official re-survey underway 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 has now entered the last stage. During this stage, survey crews will be removing any temporary spikes previously placed as part of the re-survey process and replacing them with survey monuments which will define and govern the parcel boundaries.

An official 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. 

Public Input Regarding Survey Evidence

As part of the legislated requirements under the Surveys Act, a public notice was previously 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 perform the work. As the final stage of the re-survey is now being entered residents should be aware the re-survey maintained the integrity of the original boundaries as much as possible.

Public Input Requested

As part of this legislated process, a public hearing was held November 29 and 30, 2018 in Fort McMurray to allow affected land owners opportunity to raise concerns regarding the re-surveyed boundaries as shown on the various plans made available to the public. Announcements were published two weeks in advance in the Alberta Gazette, The Fort McMurray Today, and on this website.

Confirmation and Registration of the Re-Survey

After considering input obtained during the hearing, the Minister of Environment and Parks confirmed the nine re-survey plans on December 19, 2018 and January 3, 2019. These plans were registered at Land Titles and are now available to all via Alberta Registries’ web application, SPIN. Please note that there is a $2.00 charge to download the image of each plan.

While the re-survey plans do not affect any title descriptions, it is essential to note that the evidence accepted as found or placed along the surveyed boundaries (including section 47 coordinates) has been given governing status with the registration of the plans, regardless of whether any original evidence is subsequently found (Surveys Act section 41). This includes all survey monuments yet to be placed during the final stage.

All underlying subdivision plans affected by the re-survey have received a stamp referencing the appropriate re-survey plan number. Additional information about the re-survey was registered with each plan as a registered document. The following is a list of all registered plan numbers:

NAME

PLAN NUMBER

ABASAND NORTH

192 0014

ABASAND SOUTH

192 0080

BEACON HILL NORTH

192 0044

BEACON HILL SOUTH

192 0083

DRAPER

192 0078

SAPRAE CREEK

192 0081

STONECREEK

192 0010

WATERWAYS

192 0075

WOOD BUFFALO

192 0007

 

Final Stage

 This re-survey was done under section 47 of the Surveys Act. This section of the Act allows an Alberta Land Surveyor to delay placing survey monuments up to a year after a plan is registered. This reduces the possibility of destruction of the monuments due to various conditions, the main being ongoing construction of houses and utility work. Up until the time a survey monument is placed, the coordinates shown in a list as part of the registered instrument with each plan will govern.

The posting of these monuments during the final stage is scheduled to begin April 8, 2019 and is expected to be completed by mid-May. During this time, you may see survey crews in the wildfire affected areas posting monuments at each of the lot corners denoted in the re-survey plans. 

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.

 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.

 Questions

 Any additional questions should be directed to rmwb.ca/PULSE or 780.743.7000.

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