May 10th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 19
Second reading of OHV bylaw tabled
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Pass Herald Reporter
Council has voted to table the second reading of 983, 2017 – Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Control Bylaw following a public hearing on May 2.

Of an audience of approximately 15 people, seven members came forward to voice their concerns. Council offered no comment during the hearing, as it was a time for public input only.

Opponents of the bylaw voiced concerns surrounding the time allowed to use OHVs, which is indicated as 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the draft bylaw. One speaker noted that an end time of 6 p.m. would be more suitable and added that more should be done to enforce the development bylaw where illegal camping grounds and staging areas are concerned.
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Ken Easton, owner of the six-room York Creek Bed & Breakfast in Bushtown, requested to be considered as part of the bylaw draft process considering that quadders make up a large part of his business. He would like to see his area not included in restricted zone so that his business can continue to grow and offer access to the backcountry from this area.

Two concerned citizens who live up Tecumseh Road, both against the draft bylaw, raised concerns with that area as an access point for OHVs, bringing into question the municipality’s role as a gateway to the Castle Park.

“We need to be a part of the land footprint management plans and recreation plans that the provincial government is developing. Science tells us that we need to reduce the amount of trails,” he said.
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Further raised questions concerning the decision-making process in the OHV bylaw draft, the grounds on which decisions are made, whether the municipality considered the proposed land management plan and recreation plans in their decisions for OHV use.

Other speakers had questions and concerns regarding the exclusion zones and the municipality’s future vision as it pertains to tourism.

Mayor Blair Painter added that Council has received numerous letters recently, four in favour of the OHV bylaw draft, three against and eight saying the draft bylaw was too strict.

After the public hearing concluded, Councillor Bill Kovach expressed the need for time to consider what was being said, go through the letters, tie everything back to the two open houses that were conducted in July 2016.

Councillor Dean Ward requested that Administration supply Council with the minutes from the two open houses in order to adequately address the public’s concerns in the draft OHV bylaw.

The draft of the bylaw can be viewed online and paper copies can be picked up at the Municipal Office at 8502 – 19 Avenue, Coleman during office hours.
May 10th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 19
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