Nuisance Abatement Bylaw Adopted

At the July 12, 2017 Regular Meeting of Council, a bylaw was passed for the purposes of abating nuisances within the residential area of Wroxton and Resort Residential Area of Pelican Landing within the Rural Municipality of Calder No. 241.

The purpose of this Bylaw is to provide for the abatement of nuisances, including property, activities, or things that adversely affect:

  1. the safety, health or welfare of people in the neighbourhood;
  2. people’s use and enjoyment of their property; or
  3. the amenity of a neighbourhood.

 

RESPONSIBILITY

  1. Unless otherwise specified, the owner of a property in any residential and/or resort zoned district, including land, buildings and structures, shall be responsible for carrying out the provisions of this Bylaw.

 

NUISANCES PROHIBITED GENERALLY

  1. No person shall cause or permit a nuisance to occur on any property owned by that person.

 

DILAPIDATED BUILDINGS

  1. Notwithstanding the generality of section 5, no person shall cause or permit a building or structure to deteriorate into a ruinous or dilapidated state such that the building or structure:
  2. is dangerous to the public health or safety;
  3. substantially depreciates the value of other land or improvements in the neighbourhood; or
  4. is substantially detrimental to the amenities of the neighbourhood.

 

UNOCCUPIED BUILDINGS

  1. Notwithstanding the generality of section 5, no person shall cause or permit an unoccupied building to become damaged or to deteriorate into a state of disrepair such that the building is an imminent danger to public safety.

 

 OVERGROWN GRASS AND WEEDS

  1. Notwithstanding the generality of section 5, no owner or occupant of land shall cause or permit the land to be overgrown with grass or weeds.
  2. For the purposes of section 8 of this bylaw, “overgrown” means in excess of 0.20 metres in height.
  3. Section 8 of this bylaw shall not apply to any growth which forms part of a natural garden that has been deliberately planted to produce ground cover, including one or more species of wildflowers, shrubs, perennials, grasses or combinations of them, whether native or non-native, consistent with a managed and natural landscape other than regularly mown grass.

 

UNTIDY AND UNSIGHTLY PROPERTY

  1. Notwithstanding the generality of section 5, no person shall cause or permit any land or buildings to become untidy and unsightly.

 

JUNKED VEHICLES

  1. Notwithstanding the generality of section 5, no person shall cause or permit any junked vehicle to be kept on any land owned by that person.
  2. Subject to section 11 on any individual property, up to two (2) unlicensed vehicles may be stored if garaged, or properly covered in such a manner as to be protected from the elements, and in accordance with Section 3 j).

 

OPEN EXCAVATIONS

  1. Notwithstanding the generality of section 5, no person shall cause or permit any basement, excavation, drain, ditch, watercourse, pond, surface water, swimming pool or other structure to exist in or on any private land or in or about any building or structure which is dangerous to the public safety or health.

 

MAINTENANCE OF YARDS

  1. Notwithstanding the generality of section 5, no person shall cause or permit on any property owned by that person:
  2. an infestation of rodents, vermin or insects;
  3. any dead or hazardous trees; or
  4. any sharp or dangerous objects.

 

OUTDOOR STORAGE OF MATERIALS

  1. Any building materials, lumber, scrap metal, boxes or similar items stored in a yard shall be neatly stacked in piles and elevated off the ground so as not to constitute a nuisance or harbourage for rodents, vermin and insects.
  2. Materials referred to in section 15 shall be elevated at least 0.15 metres off the ground and shall be stacked at least 3.0 metres from the exterior walls of any building and at least 1.0 metre from the property line.

 

REFRIGERATORS AND FREEZERS

  1. Any refrigerator or freezer left in a yard shall first have its hinges, latches, lid, door or doors removed.

FENCES

  1. Fences shall be maintained in a safe and reasonable state of repair.

 

Please refer to the bylaw or contact your Municipal Administrator for further information on this new nuisance abatement bylaw.

Bylaw #2017-7 Nusiance Bylaw

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