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Posted on: June 25, 2019

Survey on FireSmart in Slave Lake

Survey On FireSmart in Slave Lake

The Town of Slave Lake is undertaking a project, based on Council direction, which will incorporate FireSmart principles into the Land Use Bylaw (LUB). Town’s Administration will amend the 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 Wildland/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.

The Town has retained a Consulting Team led by Green Space Alliance (GSA) to undertake the FireSmart LUB Amendment.

Land Use Bylaw and FireSmart

The purpose of the LUB is to regulate and control the use and development of land and buildings within the Town of Slave Lake. Implementing FireSmart principles within LUB regulations will proactively plan for and reduce the risk of wildfires within the Town of Slave Lake. 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 are known as wildland/urban interface areas. Community planning with a FireSmart focus helps to prevent wildfires through reducing the availability of wildfire fuel. Planning will also consider the mitigation/response to wildfire occurrences through the provision of emergency infrastructure.


Project Website & Survey

Residents of Slave Lake are invited to visit the project website for background information and to stay informed about upcoming public events. Additionally, residents are encouraged to complete the FireSmart LUB Amendment survey to help shape LUB FireSmart regulations.

Fill out the Survey Here
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