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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Urban Service Area Mapping Activities

almost 2 years

Use this map to place pins locating and describing various "Problem Areas," "OHV Opportunities," "OHV Challenges" and potential "OHV Staging Areas" and "Trail Connections."

Problem Areas: Please identify current “problem areas” in regard to OHV use in the Urban Service Area using the problem area pin. These can be areas that you have witnessed illegal OHV use, conflict between OHVs and other recreational uses, environmental degradation caused by OHV use, or any other "problems" or conflicts you have witnessed pertaining to OHV use.

OHV Staging Areas: Do you think there is a need for additional OHV staging areas within Fort McMurray? If so, identify their location on the map using the staging area pin. Please clearly indicate why you think a new staging area would be beneficial in this location.

Opportunities for OHV Use: Specific to the firebreak areas surrounding Fort McMurray, what opportunities for OHV use have been created? Identify these opportunities on the map using the idea pin. Please clearly indicate the opportunity you see.

Challenges for OHV Use: Specific to the firebreak areas surrounding Fort McMurray, what challenges for OHV use have been created? Identify these challenges on the map using the idea pin. Please clearly indicate the problem you see.

Trail Connections: Are there any trail connections, or key linkages, that are currently missing within (or directly adjacent to) the Urban Service Area? Identify these missing trail links on the map using the improvement area pin.


CLOSED: This map consultation has concluded.