Protection of Persons and Property Bylaw & Parks Bylaw - Feedback Required
July 01 - July 30, 2017
12:00pm - 12:00pm
City Council directed Administration to draft a new Protection of Persons and Property Bylaw (Bylaw 36/2017), as the previous Bylaw was written in 1963 with amendments in 1972 and 1986.
The Bylaw, as it stands today, regulates five main activities:
- Prohibits offensive language and unseemly conduct in Public
- Prohibits loitering in Public
- Prohibits the use of a firearm, bow and arrow, sling shot, bb gun or other similar device in public or on private property
- Prohibits interference with a fire hydrant or water main
- Prohibits playing/practice of golf in any parks
During the review, Administration determined the following:
- Legislation and bylaw writing standards have changed since 1986 and there are outdated provisions that need to be addressed
- Some of the prohibited activities in the Bylaw are prohibited in the Criminal Code of Canada or other Municipal Bylaws
- The Bylaw was used very little in the past by officers
- Specified Penalties listed in the Bylaw are not believed to be a deterrent as they are extremely low at $10 and $25 with a maximum fine of $50
Have Your Say!
Taking these findings into consideration, Administration recommended the following nine changes:
The City wants your feedback on the proposed recommendations. Email your comments by July 30 to Aaron Giesbrecht, Manager of Policing, at email@example.com.
- Bylaw 11-63 (Original Protection of Persons and Property Bylaw)
- Proposed Protection of Persons and Property Bylaw 36/2017
- Proposed Parks Bylaw 37/2017 – Amendment 2 to Parks Bylaw 19/65
All input provided will be reviewed and considered prior to presenting the 2nd and 3rd readings to City Council on September 11, 2017.
For More Information
Aaron Giesbrecht, Manager of Policing
City of St. Albert