June 14th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 24
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Second reading of OHV bylaw passes
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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ATVing in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta.
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
Several changes were made since the first reading on May 11. The Sartoris Road staging area has been designated as winter-only, the section about helmets has been removed as it is covered in provincial law, operating hours were updated to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and item 32 (b) was updated to permit OHV use for fence repair along with snow removal and weed spraying.

At the Council meeting of June 12, Council amended section 10 of the draft bylaw to prohibit driving OHVs in ditches, which leads to erosion problems and soil loss.

This is not a new bylaw, but an update of the 2007 No. 722 bylaw. According to Patrick Thomas, Director of Development, Engineering & Operations with the municipality, the following updates were made:

• Several of the definitions and text were cleaned up to conform with the TSA and contemporary bylaw drafting.

• Added in provisions that the OHV must be registered, insured, display a valid licence plate, have appropriate equipment such as a muffler and lights as required under the TSA, the operator must have a valid driver’s licence, must be a minimum of 14 years of age, and passengers are only permitted on an OHV if the design allows for it.
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• Hours of operation between 8:00am and 8:00pm.

• Added provisions for Authorized Special Events and Permits that may be granted upon application.

• Updated the OHV Exclusion Zones slightly. However they will be staying primarily the same as before.

• The penalties were updated in Schedule B.

• A Special Event Permit application must be made a minimum of 14 days prior to the event.

• Allow use for snow removal, weed spraying and fence repair.

According to Thomas, this bylaw only regulates OHV use on highways and property under the Municipality’s care and control. This bylaw has no authority along Provincial highways or on private or Crown Land, which are regulated under separate legislation.
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During the public input period, Crowsnest Pass resident Terry Ostrom shared his thoughts concerning the draft OHV bylaw. He said that he likes what he hears about Council prohibiting OHVs driving in ditches and is encouraged that there is a stronger presence in enforcing the bylaw. He expressed concern that he foresees that at some point, there will be too many OHV users in the area for the bylaw to work efficiently in the community.
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