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A total of 37 lots in Waterways may be acquired by the RMWB

Last Updated May 17, 2017 at 9:47 pm MDT

PHOTO. Supplied. Map Outlining the different zones in Waterways and the location of the 21 lots the RTF is recommending the city to acquired from.

With only three Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee meetings left before the group is dismantled, last nights agenda was on heavier side.

The main item being discussed was the Waterways slope stability.

The first motion was passed unanimously on the Recovery Task Force recommendation that 21 properties be acquired by the Municipality at their pre-fire value.

This includes the following:

  • 15 properties within Zone 3A
  • Five properties within Zone 3
  • One private property in Zone 4


The Waterways slope stability assessment indicates that this will not mitigate the risk to the larger Waterways community, however many delegates and residents of Waterways thought otherwise.

Some residents living in other areas of Waterways also want the option to get their lots bought out.

Member of the Committee, Marty Giles would also like to see a buyout offer for an additional 14 properties in Zone 3.

This would add about $3.5-Million on top of the $6.5-Million cost of the first 21 lots.

A second motion was passed that would see a report into also acquiring these additional lots that will be presented at a WBRC meeting on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.


More Trees for Fort McMurray

Releaf Canada is set to be in our community on May 27th for the first planting session through till June 15.

Residents with concerns about the plans to rehabilitate forest areas around Fort McMurray can attend the next Here for You information session on May 24th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at McMurray Experience in Jubliee Plaza.

Recovery Updates

Other topics covered at the meeting included the following recovery updates:

FuseSocial survey on how the wildfire had a huge impact on financial and staffing issues within the regions social profit sector


One year update from Red Cross