Municipal Urban Service Area Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Strategic Plan

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Next Steps

Thank you for participating in the public engagement to update the Municipal Urban Service Area Off Highway Vehicle Strategic Plan. Your feedback has been used to revise the plan to better reflect the current needs of the community. The updated plan is now ready and is expected to be presented to Council for approval at the next meeting on Tuesday, July 12.

If there are no changes to this schedule, the updated Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Strategic Plan and accompanying documentation will be available in the Council Agenda that will be published online the evening of Friday, July 8. All Council agendas are available at rmwb.ca/council

Once the Council Agenda is published, you may request to speak to Council and share your thoughts about this item at the upcoming meeting. Requests must be received by 12 p.m. noon on Tuesday, July 12 and can be submitted online or by calling 780-743-7001 (between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). Please note, all speakers have a maximum of five minutes to present.

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Background

The Municipal Urban Service Area OHV Strategic Plan for the Urban Service Area of Fort McMurray is being updated based on feedback from the community. While residents living in rural communities were certainly encouraged to take the survey, the questions and OHV Strategic Plan update are focused on the Urban Service Area.

Prior to the public survey, targeted workshops were held with OHV groups and stakeholders, local right holders, regulating bodies, representatives from different levels of government and municipal staff. The feedback collected through these workshops was used to help shape the survey. The results from the survey and the workshops are being used to develop the update to theOHV Strategic Plan.

A summary pf public input is available here.

What is an OHV Strategic Plan?

The Urban Service Area OHV Strategic Plan is a guiding document that provides recommendations to improve and encourage responsible OHV use in Fort McMurray. The plan also includes an assessment of current OHV use around Fort McMurray and comparable communities across Western Canada as well as the results of the public engagement campaign.

If Council approves the Strategic Plan, Administration will use the plan to guide future decision making and begin exploring the feasibility of implementing the recommendations. The Strategic Plan is not an implementation plan and any proposed changes to bylaws, new capital projects or budget requests may require additional public engagement and will need to be presented separately to Council for approval.

The OHV Strategic Plan does not include OHV Bylaws. However, the plan may include recommendations to review or adjust the current OHV Bylaw for the Urban Service Area at a future date.

In the Resource Library you will find the map of the Urban Service Area and the focus of this engagement. Along with the current Municipal Urban Service Area Off Highway Vehicle Strategic Plan and Bylaw.

Next Steps

Thank you for participating in the public engagement to update the Municipal Urban Service Area Off Highway Vehicle Strategic Plan. Your feedback has been used to revise the plan to better reflect the current needs of the community. The updated plan is now ready and is expected to be presented to Council for approval at the next meeting on Tuesday, July 12.

If there are no changes to this schedule, the updated Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Strategic Plan and accompanying documentation will be available in the Council Agenda that will be published online the evening of Friday, July 8. All Council agendas are available at rmwb.ca/council

Once the Council Agenda is published, you may request to speak to Council and share your thoughts about this item at the upcoming meeting. Requests must be received by 12 p.m. noon on Tuesday, July 12 and can be submitted online or by calling 780-743-7001 (between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). Please note, all speakers have a maximum of five minutes to present.

To stay updated on the project, subscribe to receive email notifications.

Background

The Municipal Urban Service Area OHV Strategic Plan for the Urban Service Area of Fort McMurray is being updated based on feedback from the community. While residents living in rural communities were certainly encouraged to take the survey, the questions and OHV Strategic Plan update are focused on the Urban Service Area.

Prior to the public survey, targeted workshops were held with OHV groups and stakeholders, local right holders, regulating bodies, representatives from different levels of government and municipal staff. The feedback collected through these workshops was used to help shape the survey. The results from the survey and the workshops are being used to develop the update to theOHV Strategic Plan.

A summary pf public input is available here.

What is an OHV Strategic Plan?

The Urban Service Area OHV Strategic Plan is a guiding document that provides recommendations to improve and encourage responsible OHV use in Fort McMurray. The plan also includes an assessment of current OHV use around Fort McMurray and comparable communities across Western Canada as well as the results of the public engagement campaign.

If Council approves the Strategic Plan, Administration will use the plan to guide future decision making and begin exploring the feasibility of implementing the recommendations. The Strategic Plan is not an implementation plan and any proposed changes to bylaws, new capital projects or budget requests may require additional public engagement and will need to be presented separately to Council for approval.

The OHV Strategic Plan does not include OHV Bylaws. However, the plan may include recommendations to review or adjust the current OHV Bylaw for the Urban Service Area at a future date.

In the Resource Library you will find the map of the Urban Service Area and the focus of this engagement. Along with the current Municipal Urban Service Area Off Highway Vehicle Strategic Plan and Bylaw.

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  • Existing OHV Master Plan Recommendations

    almost 2 years ago
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    Below is a list of the key recommendations from the existing OHV Master Plan. Do you agree or disagree with these recommendations in the context of the Urban Service Area? Please explain. 

    1. Initiate the development of new OHV trails and staging areas directly to the north and south of Fort McMurray;
    2. Develop comprehensive trail planning and design standards;
    3. Develop a comprehensive trail signage plan;
    4. Regularly review the Engineering Servicing Standards to continually improve access control measures;
    5. Continue to manage existing staging areas with appropriate amenities and signage;
    6. Initiate a feasibility study to develop an OHV Park / training facility;
    7. Explore potential to collect fees for trail access and usage;
    8. Develop comprehensive maintenance procedures;
    9. Maintain and strengthen relationships with oil sands companies to coordinate future development; and
    10. Identify the need to include other trail users and stakeholders in ongoing management.
  • Opportunities & Challenges: Firebreaks

    almost 2 years ago
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    Specific to the firebreak areas surrounding Fort McMurray, what opportunities for OHV use have been created? How we can leverage on these opportunities?

    Additionally, what challenges for OHV use have been created by these new firebreaks? What tactics can be used to mitigate for these challenges?

  • OHV Trails

    almost 2 years ago
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    What trails do you often access while using OHVs? Is there currently sufficient access to these trails / OHV hotspots from the designated staging areas within the Urban Service Area? 

    If not, what additional access / trails would you suggest? 

  • OHV Staging Areas

    almost 2 years ago
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    According to Schedule ‘B’ of the Consolidated Off-Highway Vehicle Bylaw No. 98/078 there are currently four designated OHV staging areas in Fort McMurray (Abasand, Horse Pasture Park, Timberlea/Tower Road and Snye Park). Of these four, are any in need of improvements / upgrades to better suit the users? If so, what do you suggest?

    Is there a need for any new staging areas within the Urban Service Area? If so, where and why?

  • Consolidated Off-Highway Vehicle Bylaw No. 98/078 (Urban Service Area)

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    The existing Bylaw (98/078) regarding OHV use within the Urban Service Area indicates that:

    • "No person, other than a Bylaw Officer, shall use or operate an Off-Highway Vehicle on any Highway, roadway, or any public land within the Fort McMurray Urban Service Area except on land within a “Designated Area” for the purposes of gaining access to areas outside of the boundaries of the Urban Service Area, unless authorized by special permit issued by the Regional Clerk, or other officer authorized by the Council of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to issue such special permit;" and
    • "OHV use in designated areas is only permitted between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm."

    Do you agree with these regulations? Why or why not?

    What changes to this Bylaw, if any, would you recommend? Why do you recommend these changes? How would these changes benefit the residents of Fort McMurray?