What Land Development/Risk Treatment Options are currently being considered?

    The Municipality is assessing the following risk treatment options and considering how they may be applied to support the best possible outcomes for neighbourhoods. We understand that each neighbourhood is unique, and the solutions will not be one-size-fits-all. Options being considered, include:

    • Status quo (current Flood Mitigation Strategy) 
    • Land use regulations (structural and non-structural) 
    • No new development below 250 m elevation 
    • Buy out/land-swap below 250 m elevation 
    • Buy out/land-swap entire community in floodplain

    What is a risk treatment?

    A risk treatment is an action that can be taken to minimize the risk of future flooding.

    What does mitigation mean when talking about risk?

    Mitigating a risk means that the risk is no longer considered a threat.

    What does 250 m elevation mean and why is it important?

    250 m elevation is the 1-in-100 year flood level.

    It is important to consider that even at a 1-in-100 level, there is still residual risk of flooding and the region has experienced a 1-in-350 year flood since record keeping began.

    What will engagement look like and how do I participate?

    More engagement opportunities will be announced in mid-July.  

    What is the purpose of reviewing the approach to flood mitigation now?

    The 2020 flood has been a catalyst for us to take a step back, and revisit how we reduce our vulnerability to flooding.

    What does 1-in-100-year flood protection mean?

    It means that, for the first year, there will a one percent chance of flooding. But over time, that risk increases.

    Year(s)    Likelihood of a flood with 1-in-100-year protection

    1            1%

    10          9.6%

    30          26.0%

    50          39.5%

    Source: https://albertawater.com/how-are-flood-maps-created-in-alberta/what-is-a-1-100-year-flood

    My home was affected during the flood, should I be investing in repairs?

    If your home was damaged by the flood, we recommend that you contact your insurance provider and your Disaster Recovery Program case manager prior to making any investments in your home.

    When will the RMWB be deciding on the future of flood-affected areas and the different options for development?

    The process will take significant consideration and the next public update will be at the July 14 Council meeting. 

    Recommendations are not expected to be presented to Council  until sometime after Council's summer recess. A time-frame has not been decided at this point. 

    Why doesn’t the RMWB just finish the existing Flood Mitigation Strategy?

    One of the risk treatments being assessed is continuing the Flood Mitigation Strategy, however we are assessing all options to determine if this is the best approach.

    What is the status quo?

    The status quo means that the Municipality would continue with the Flood Mitigation Strategy as currently planned, with no other risk treatments being applied.

    What is a land swap?

    A land-swap can occur if the municipality chooses to offer a private property owner a different lot of similar value to the property owner’s current lot, and the property owner chooses to accept the new lot as compensation for their current lot.

    What are land-use regulations?

    Land-use regulations are rules that can impact zoning and/or building requirements. For example, the Municipality could determine that no further structures are allowed to be built on a property, or that if structures are built, that they must meet specific standards that are beyond normal standards.

    What is a buyout?

    A buyout is a general term used to describe the action of a Municipality purchasing property from a private owner.