Municipal Land and Reserves Bylaw
This bylaw provides direction to the Administration and the public regarding the regulations and controls of municipal lands, as well as guidance for compliance and enforcement.
The purpose of this Bylaw is to regulate the conduct and activities of people on municipally owned lands in order to promote the safe, enjoyable, and reasonable use of the lands and to protect and preserve natural ecosystems for the benefit of all residents of the municipality.
MUNICIPAL LAND AND RESERVES
The Municipal District of Bonnyville wants to ensure our current residents and future generations can benefit from the municipality’s natural landscape.
The Planning and Development Team is dedicated to providing residents and other stakeholders with information and technical support.
Within the municipality, there are federal, provincial, municipal, and private lands.
The M.D. is authorized, as a public entity, to regulate municipal land and — to a certain degree— private lands under the Municipal Government Act.
Federal Lands include, but are not limited to:
- Canada's cceans and waterways
- National Parks
- Military training areas
- National wildlife areas
- Some migratory bird sanctuaries, and;
- First Nations Reserve Lands.
Provincial Lands include, but are not limited to:
- Provincial Parks and Protected Areas
- Natural areas and Provincial Recreation Areas
- Agricultural Crown land
- Provincial Grazing Reserves
- Public Land Use zones
- Beds and shores of naturally occurring lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands.
Municipal Lands include, but are not limited to:
- Environmental Reserves (ER)
- Municipal Reserves (MR)
- Public Utility Lots
- Municipally titled lands.
The M.D. has an online tool that shows private, provincial, and municipal lands.
- Click here to go to the online tool.
- Sign in as a guest
- Scroll to the desired location
- On the left, there is a legend bar. Open the Planning and Development Tab and click the Lot/Block/Plan labels. You will see lot numbers, and associated municipal lands, walkways, and Crown land labelled in red.
Before you plan your next project or adventure, use this online tool at home to recreate responsibly.
Many of the lakes within the municipality have waterfront living. As a resident and visitor, it is important to stay informed on how to #PreserveTheReserve when you #TakeItToTheLake.
Do you know what makes for a healthy shoreline?
Healthy riparian areas have deep-rooted vegetation that helps to prevent erosion, control runoff, provide a habitat for wildlife, and more. Many waterfront landowners may wish to make changes to shorelines, like adding sand or building retaining walls, but these activities have a negative impact on the environment. For this reason, the M.D. creates environmental reserves to protect these areas.
Many subdivisions within the municipality are adjacent to Municipal Land. The graphic above shows one of the many subdivisions with an Environmental Reserve.
According to the Municipal Government Act, the following are the definitions of Municipal and Environmental Reserves:
Environmental Reserve (ER) lands are dedicated to protect the natural environment and to protect surrounding people and property from hazardous conditions such as flooding and erosion events. These lands provide public access to or along lakes and water bodies within the municipality under the Municipal Government Act, Section 664.
Municipal Reserve (MR) lands are intended to provide for public utilities, and suitable land for the use and enjoyment of residents and the general public. An MR may provide important access links to other lands, include water access, or offer undeveloped green spaces that act as a buffer between land uses (Municipal Government Act, Section 665).
For more information on how the M.D. governs these reserves, check out the Municipal Land and Reserves Bylaw No. 1766.
A permit or license is a must for any existing or new projects on Municipal Lands, including but not limited to:
- Seasonal dock or boat hoist storage
- Essential retaining walls
- Directional or informative signage
- Small deck structures (under 100 sq. ft.)
- Stairs in a zigzag pattern (under 1.8 metres or six feet wide)
- Meandering pathways.
A complete list of activities on Municipal Land requiring a permit or license can be found in Section 5 of Bylaw No. 1766.
For information on permits or licenses regarding development and land use on Municipal Lands, email email@example.com.
MUNICIPAL LAND AND RESERVES
As part of our education campaign, M.D. staff will be placing informational signage on Municipal and Environmental Reserves in your subdivision. This brochure offers details on these reserves and a map of your subdivision showing reserve land locations.