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Council considers updates to Community Standards Bylaw

April 12, 2021 4:22 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

At today’s regular City Council meeting, Council gave first reading to an updated Community Standards Bylaw No. 3669/2021.

Adopted in 2007, the previous Community Standards Bylaw regulated activities such as noise, nuisances, unsightly premises and public disturbances. This bylaw is frequently used by Inspections & Licensing, Municipal Policing Services and the Red Deer RCMP, and over time, these three entities found the need to address effectiveness issues of the bylaw in its current form.

“The refreshed Community Standards Bylaw will provide greater clarity, enhance its effectiveness and create stronger, more enforceable regulations,” says Erin Stuart, Inspections & Licensing Manager. “We are also proposing innovative methods for addressing chronic nuisance properties in Red Deer.”

Updates will also address community concerns identified through the Neighbourhood Life and We Are Better Together public participation events. Community feedback from these events centered on creating clear and enforceable community standards, and addressing the negative impacts of chronic nuisance properties.

“Strengthening the Community Standards Bylaw will allow us to be more nimble and responsive in the enforcement of our bylaws,” says Bart Rowland, Municipal Policing Services Manager. “These updates helps us respond to changing social dynamics, and ultimately, helps improve community safety and reduce crime.”

Updates to the Community Standards Bylaw also ensures the bylaw is consistent with legislation from other levels of government.

For more information, please contact:

Erin Stuart
Inspections & Licensing Manager
The City of Red Deer

Corporate Communications
The City of Red Deer

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