Town of Slave Lake FireSmart Land Use Bylaw Amendment

BACKGROUND

The Town of Slave Lake is undertaking a project that will incorporate FireSmart principles into the Land Use Bylaw. The project is based on Council direction after the 2011 wildfire. Town Administration is proposing o amend the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) to:

  • Help identify wildfire danger zones within the Town boundary;
  • Require Wildfire Risk Assessments as a submission requirement of subdivision and development applications for lands within or adjacent to the Wildfire/Urban Interface;
  • Create development standards regarding buffers, roads, and access design;
  • Regulate construction materials for buildings within or adjacent to the Wildland/Urban interface; and
  • Develop specific standards to tree clearing, propane tank storage, and building materials.

TIMELINE

Amendments to the Town of Slave Lake’s Land Use Bylaw will occur in the following four phases.

Town of Slave Lake Land Use Bylaw

The purpose of the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) is to regulate and control the use and development of land and buildings within the Town of Slave Lake. The Bylaw helps the Town achieve orderly development of land.

A review of the LUB is important to ensure that FireSmart principles are reflected and can be implemented through the municipal planning process. Implementing FireSmart principles within LUB regulations will proactively plan for and reduce the risk of wildfires within the Town of Slave Lake.

FireSmart

The purpose of FireSmart is to reduce the risk of wildfires in communities through preventative measures while balancing the benefits of wildfire on the landscape. Developed areas that are intertwined in prominent environmental surroundings are prone to wildfires and known as wildland/urban interface areas.

Community planning with a FireSmart focus helps to both prevent wildfires through reducing the availability of wildfire fuel and mitigate/respond to wildfire occurrences through the provision of emergency infrastructure.