OHV Urban Master Plan Update

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Next Steps

Information pertaining to the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Master Plan presentation to Council will be provided when available. To stay updated on the project, subscribe to receive email notifications.

Engagement Concluded

Here is a summary of the results from the Public Survey.

The Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Master 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 the Master 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 the OHV Master Plan – Urban Service Area.

Please note, the OHV Master Plan does not include OHV Bylaws. However, the Master Plan may include recommendations to review or adjust the current OHV Bylaw for the Urban Service Area at a future date. A consulting firm is leading the update to the OHV Master Plan – Urban Service Area and an updated plan was presented to RMWB Council.

In the Resource Library you will find the map of the Urban Service Area and the focus of this engagement. Along with the current OHV Master Plan and Bylaw.

Next Steps

Information pertaining to the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Master Plan presentation to Council will be provided when available. To stay updated on the project, subscribe to receive email notifications.

Engagement Concluded

Here is a summary of the results from the Public Survey.

The Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Master 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 the Master 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 the OHV Master Plan – Urban Service Area.

Please note, the OHV Master Plan does not include OHV Bylaws. However, the Master Plan may include recommendations to review or adjust the current OHV Bylaw for the Urban Service Area at a future date. A consulting firm is leading the update to the OHV Master Plan – Urban Service Area and an updated plan was presented to RMWB Council.

In the Resource Library you will find the map of the Urban Service Area and the focus of this engagement. Along with the current OHV Master Plan and Bylaw.

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  • Existing OHV Master Plan Recommendations

    over 1 year 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.
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  • Opportunities & Challenges: Firebreaks

    over 1 year 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?

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  • OHV Trails

    over 1 year 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? 

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  • OHV Staging Areas

    over 1 year 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?

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  • 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?

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