Temporary Camping Bylaw defeated

Second Reading of Temporary Camping Bylaw defeated by Council

After considering input received from residents of Athabasca County, the proposed Temporary Camping Bylaw will not be moving forward.

The bylaw was brought to Athabasca County Council’s Regular Meeting on Thursday, November 24, for consideration of Council. A motion made for the second reading of the bylaw was defeated and will not move forward.

All references to the Temporary Camping Bylaw remaining in the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) will be adjusted as Council and Administration work towards completing the bylaws. Members of the public will still have an opportunity to review and make suggestions about the final drafts of the bylaws at one final Public Hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

There is no timeframe set for the release of the final draft of the Land Use Bylaw and Municipal Development Plan which are both awaiting their second reading. Council and Administration are still reviewing input from a recent public hearing about the bylaws.

“Athabasca County Council asked that public input be sought for the Temporary Camping Bylaw following its first reading,” says Jesse Ajayi, Director of Planning and Development. “The response showed the direction we were heading was one many residents didn’t agree with. Council responded accordingly.”

Members of the public are encouraged to review the Final Draft of the Land Use Bylaw and Municipal Development Plan and share their thoughts with County Administration by submitting their thoughts via email, telephone or letter, or attend the Public Hearing once it has been scheduled.