Recreation Lake Safety Management Plan - Draft Lake Use Bylaw

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In 2018-2019 the City embarked on the development of a Recreation Lake Safety Management Plan to detail how the City can help to improve safety on Chestermere Lake for all users.

In 2019 the Recreation Lake Safety Management Plan was completed and approved by Council. Based on the recommendations made in the Plan, pilot safety initiatives were successfully implemented during the 2019 spring/summer season. The initiatives included an electronic boat launch permit system, a lake safety education program and a safety and speed limit buoys system.

To find out more about these initiatives please visit: www.chestermere.ca/boats

Draft Lake Use Bylaw

The next step in implementing the recommendations made in the Recreation Lake Safety Plan was to develop a bylaw that would address lake safety management. Administration has worked hard to incorporate the feedback collected from the public through the development of the Recreation Lake Safety Plan as well as consultation from RCMP, Municipal Enforcement, Fire Services, WID and Transport Canada in the Draft Lake Use Bylaw.

Now we are asking for your feedback on the draft bylaw to ensure it will support a safer experience on the Lake. Your input will be important to adjusting the bylaw to make sure it serves lake users while also ensuring the City has the appropriate level of control over activities to ensure public safety on the Lake all year round.

Join the conversation in the forum tabs on this page. Each section of the bylaw has been separated into its own forum (14 sections in total). There you can read the bylaw section and provide comments, questions and general feedback. To read the full bylaw, click the icon below.

The forums will be open on Nov. 20th and will close on Dec. 11th, 2020.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Do you have more questions about this project?

Please contact Kate Richards, Community Recreation Coordinator at krichards@chestermere.ca or (403) 207-2807

In 2018-2019 the City embarked on the development of a Recreation Lake Safety Management Plan to detail how the City can help to improve safety on Chestermere Lake for all users.

In 2019 the Recreation Lake Safety Management Plan was completed and approved by Council. Based on the recommendations made in the Plan, pilot safety initiatives were successfully implemented during the 2019 spring/summer season. The initiatives included an electronic boat launch permit system, a lake safety education program and a safety and speed limit buoys system.

To find out more about these initiatives please visit: www.chestermere.ca/boats

Draft Lake Use Bylaw

The next step in implementing the recommendations made in the Recreation Lake Safety Plan was to develop a bylaw that would address lake safety management. Administration has worked hard to incorporate the feedback collected from the public through the development of the Recreation Lake Safety Plan as well as consultation from RCMP, Municipal Enforcement, Fire Services, WID and Transport Canada in the Draft Lake Use Bylaw.

Now we are asking for your feedback on the draft bylaw to ensure it will support a safer experience on the Lake. Your input will be important to adjusting the bylaw to make sure it serves lake users while also ensuring the City has the appropriate level of control over activities to ensure public safety on the Lake all year round.

Join the conversation in the forum tabs on this page. Each section of the bylaw has been separated into its own forum (14 sections in total). There you can read the bylaw section and provide comments, questions and general feedback. To read the full bylaw, click the icon below.

The forums will be open on Nov. 20th and will close on Dec. 11th, 2020.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Do you have more questions about this project?

Please contact Kate Richards, Community Recreation Coordinator at krichards@chestermere.ca or (403) 207-2807

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  • Draft Lake Use Bylaw Introduction

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    Welcome!

    The City wants your feedback on the draft bylaw to ensure it will support a safer experience on the Lake. Your input will be important to adjusting the bylaw to make sure it serves lake users while also ensuring the City has the appropriate level of control over activities to ensure public safety on the Lake all year round.

    Join the conversation in the forum tabs on this project page. Each section of the bylaw has been separated into its own forum. There you can read the bylaw section and provide comments, questions and general feedback. 

    To read the full bylaw, click HERE

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  • Section 4: Vessel Registration (Draft Lake Use Bylaw)

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    4. VESSEL REGISTRATION 

    (a) The Owner a Motorized Vessel shall not launch the Motorized Vessel into the Lake unless the Motorized Vessel has first been registered with the City of Chestermere and the Owner or operator has been issued either a Seasonal Permit or a Day Permit allowing the Motorized Vessel to be launched into the Lake. 

    (b) In order to register a Motorized Vessel with the City of Chestermere, the Owner of a Motorized Vessel must provide the following, which must be valid and subsisting: 

    (i) Proof of identification and residence; 

    (ii) Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC); 

    (iii) Proof of Motorized Vessel registration number, if the Vessel is a Motorized 

    Vessel over ten (10) horsepower; 

    (iv) Proof of insurance coverage for the Motorized Vessel, which may include a 

    watercraft and/or equipment endorsement matching the serial identification 

    number of the Motorized Vessel; 

    (v) Any additional documentation requested by the City of Chestermere.

    (c) An Owner of a Vessel must declare/disclose if their Vessel has been launched in waters outside the Province of Alberta within the previous sixty (60) days. Failure to declare or disclose this information to the City of Chestermere when applying for registration of a Vessel is an offence under this bylaw.

    (d) An Owner of a Vessel that has been launched in waters outside the Province of Alberta within the previous sixty (60) days must provide valid proof of inspection issued by Alberta Environment or such equivalent documentation as deemed satisfactory by the City of Chestermere. 

    (e) Failure to provide valid proof of a boat inspection or such equivalent documentation upon request of the City of Chestermere may result in the non-issuance of a boating Day Permit or Seasonal Permit and the refusal of access to the Chestermere Municipal Boat Launch and Chestermere Lake. 

     (f) The City of Chestermere may conduct a safety inspection of any Motorized Vessel to ensure the Vessel is properly equipped with all safety equipment as required by law. 

    (g) The City of Chestermere has the right to refuse the issuance of a Day Permit or Seasonal Permit or to refuse access to the lake for a Motorized Vessel which either fails to meet safety requirements or poses a potential environmental hazard to the Lake. 

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  • Section 5: Seasonal and Daily Motorized Vessel Permits (Draft Lake Use Bylaw)

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    5. SEASONAL AND DAILY MOTORIZED VESSEL PERMITS 

    (a) To launch a Motorized Vessel from the Municipal Boat Launch, a person must purchase either a Seasonal Permit or a Day Permit. 

     (b) A Seasonal Permit allows access to the Municipal Boat Launch for any Motorized Vessel owned by that Resident or by a person who resides at the residence of the Seasonal Permit-holder. Proof of Vessel Ownership as per Section 4(b) is required and proof of residency can include government issued identification or a Municipal ax document. 

    (c) A Day Permit allows access to the Municipal Boat Launch for only one (1) Motorized Vessel at any one time, or in the case of Personal Watercraft, a trailer containing up to two (2) such Vessels. 

    (d) No person shall be allowed access to the Municipal Boat Launch until they have provided all of the required documentation, and any applicable fees have been paid in full and have been issued a permit. 

    (e) The City of Chestermere may refuse a person or Owner access to the Municipal Boat Launch if the person or Owner has failed to comply with the applicable Vessel registration and permitting requirements as set out in this Bylaw. 

    (f) No person shall launch or operate a Motorized Vessel on Chestermere Lake unless they are in possession of a valid Seasonal Permit or Day Permit issued by the City of Chestermere.

    (g) A Chestermere Seasonal Permit will be valid for the entire calendar year in which it was issued and is non-transferable, except to persons who reside at the same address as the Permit-holder. 

    (h) A Chestermere Day Permit is valid for only the day it was issued. The Day Permit is valid for only one Motorized Vessel, or up to two (2) PWC, and is non-transferable. 

    (i) No Owner or operator of a Motorized Vessel shall permit, allow or cause the Motorized Vessel to be launched or operated on the Lake unless a valid Day Permit or Seasonal Permit has been issued in regard to that particular Motorized Vessel by the City of Chestermere. 

    (j) The Owner or operator of a Motorized Vessel must, upon demand of a Peace Officer, produce a valid Chestermere Day Permit or Seasonal Permit issued in regard to that particular Motorized Vessel. 

    (k) Where a Peace Officer determines and believes it to be necessary, in order to ensure the safety of the public and other Lake users, the Peace Officer may take steps to immediately suspend or cancel a Motorized Vessel-Owner’s Seasonal Permit or Day Permit. 

    (l) A Seasonal Permit may be reactivated in the next calendar year upon proof of residence being provided to the City and upon confirmation that all documentation requirements are fulfilled and up to date for the current seasonal calendar year. 

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  • Section 6: Boat and Lake Safety Management (Draft Lake Use Bylaw)

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    6. BOAT AND LAKE SAFETY MANAGEMENT 

    (a) The parent, caregiver, guardian, or adult supervisor of a Lake user of sixteen (16) years of age or under shall ensure that, when the child under their care or supervision is in or on the Lake, the child is wearing an approved Personal Floatation Device or Life Jacket at any time the child is: 

    (i) Entering, boarding, mounting, upon, within or by any means of attachment holding on to, a Motorized Vessel; or 

    (ii) Entering, boarding, mounting, upon, within or by any means of attachment holding on to, a non-motorized Vessel. 

    (b) The parent, caregiver, guardian, or adult supervisor of a child Lake user shall ensure that, when the child under their care and supervision is required by this Bylaw to wear an approved Personal Floatation Device or Life Jacket, that it be fastened and worn in the manner intended by the manufacturer, and that it be in good working condition. 

    (c) No person on the Lake or on the Winter Lake Surface shall make, continue, cause or allow to be made or continued any excessive, unnecessary, or unusual Noise of any type. 

    (d) No person, contractor or agent shall moor, attach or install any Permanent Structure to the bottom of the Lake, including on private property, unless the expressed and written permission of the Western Irrigation District allowing the subject work or activity has been first obtained.

    (e) The Owner or operator of a Motorized Vessel or Off-Highway Vehicle shall ensure that the Vessel or vehicle does not leak fuel, oil, or other mechanical fluids into the Lake or onto the Winter Lake Surface. 

    (f) If a Peace Officer determines that conditions exist that render it unsafe to operate any type of Vessel or Off-Highway Vehicle on the Lake or Winter Lake surface, the Peace Officer is authorized, pursuant to Section 15 of the Vehicle Operation Restriction Regulations, to direct the operator of a Vessel or vehicle to either exit the Lake or the Winter Lake Surface, or to move the Vessel or Off-Highway Vehicle to an alternative safe location.

    (g) No person shall deposit or dispose of litter, waste or refuse into the Lake, onto the Winter Lake Surface or along the shoreline of the Lake. 

    (h) No person shall operate a Motorized Vessel within a canal connected to the Lake, unless the Motorized Vessel is owned, operated or contracted by the City of Chestermere, a Police Service, the Government of Alberta or the Western Irrigation District. 

    (i) No person shall jump, dive or throw objects from any bridge, dam or trestle way in to the Lake or a Canal connected to the Lake. 

    (j) No person shall swim, float, or wade within twenty (20) meters of the Municipal Boat Launch, or otherwise impede or interfere with the associated vehicle and Vessel traffic or the orderly operation of the Boat Launch area. 

    (k) No Owner or keeper of an animal shall allow or permit the animal to swim within one hundred (100) meters of the Municipal Boat Launch, or to otherwise impede or interfere with the associated vehicle and Vessel traffic or the orderly operation of the Boat Launch area. 

    (l) No person shall operate a Motorized Vessel Motorized Vessel within fifteen (15) meters of Western Irrigation District Infrastructure, including weirs, dams and spillways. 

    (m) Lake users are responsible to complete due diligence and ensure all proper precautions are taken to protect their own safety, and any activities on the Lake or Winter Lake Surface are undertaken at the Lake user’s own risk. 

    (n) No person, other than from Lake front residential property, the Municipal Boat Launch or an approved commercial property, shall launch or attempt to launch a Motorized Vessel onto the Lake. 

    (o) No person shall obstruct, interfere with, or attempt to obstruct or interfere with a Peace Officer, City Employee, a member of Chestermere Fire Services or a paramedic employed by Alberta Health Services, when such personnel are lawfully engaged in the execution of their duties. 

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  • Section 7: Removal of Motorized Vessels (Draft Lake Use Bylaw)

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    7. REMOVAL OF MOTORIZED VESSELS 

    (a) Where a significant risk to public safety is observed or reported, and a Peace Officer determines it to be necessary to ensure the safety of the public and other Lake users, the Peace Officer may order a Vessel and its Owner or operator to be immediately removed from the Lake. 

    (b) In the event of a marine collision that renders a Vessel to be either in an inoperable condition or an environmental hazard, the City of Chestermere may immediately take steps to remove the Vessel from the Lake. 

    (c) Any Vessel removed from the Lake pursuant to Section 7(b) of this Bylaw may be impounded and stored at a location determined by the City of Chestermere, and all costs incurred for the removal and storage of the Vessel shall be the responsibility of the Owner. 

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  • Section 8: Winter Lake Management (Draft Lake Use Bylaw)

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    8. WINTER LAKE MANAGEMENT 

    (a) The City of Chestermere shall monitor and measure winter ice thickness on the Lake and will report these measurements to the public with ice safety information.

    (b) The City of Chestermere reserves the right to restrict access to the Winter Lake Surface for any reason, including but not limited to safety concerns, scheduled events, and inclement weather. 

    (c) The City of Chestermere reserves the right to regulate the type of activity that occurs on the Winter Lake Surface. 

    (d) A Peace Officer may, if necessary to ensure public safety or compliance with the provisions of this Bylaw, order or direct a person or persons to cease or discontinue participating in any activity on the Winter Lake Surface, and any person so directed or ordered shall comply with the Peace Officer’s order or direction.

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  • Section 9: Off-Highway Vehicles (Draft Lake Use Bylaw)

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    9. OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLES 

    (a) Off Highway Vehicles may only be operated on the Winter Lake Surface when it is safe to do so. 

    (b) Off Highway Vehicles shall only be loaded and unloaded publicly at the Municipal Boat Launch area of John Peake Park. Persons who live on the Lake may use their private property to enter the ice surface on an Off Highway Vehicle.  

    (c) No Owner shall operate an Off Highway Vehicle on the Winter Lake Surface outside the hours of 7 AM to 10 PM on any day of the week. 

    (d) Any Owner that is operating, riding or attached to an Off Highway Vehicle shall wear a Canadian Standards Approved helmet at all times such vehicle is being operated on the Winter Lake Surface. 

    (e) No Owner shall operate an Off Highway Vehicle on the Winter Lake Surface within fifty (50) meters of the weirs located on both the south end and north end of the Lake. 

    (f) No Owner shall operate an Off Highway Vehicle on the winter Lake surface within fifteen (15) meters of the shoreline or any other infrastructure owned by the Western Irrigation District, including dams and spillways. 

    (g) No Owner shall operate an Off Highway Vehicle on the winter Lake surface in a reckless manner or without due care, or without due consideration for other persons occupying or traveling on the winter Lake surface or occupying the surrounding properties. 

    (h) Any Owner that operates an Off Highway Vehicle on the winter Lake surface must ensure that the Off Highway Vehicle: 

    (i) is currently registered; 

    (ii) is displaying a valid and current license plate; and 

    (iii) is the subject of a current and valid liability insurance policy.


    (i) No person shall place items or equipment on the Winter Lake Surface unless such items are clearly marked so as to be easily visible to Off Highway Vehicle users, by means of the placement of fluorescent markers, bright coloured sandbags, pylons, snow fencing, or other similar suitable and adequate means. 

    (j) No person shall place an ice-fishing hut on the Winter Lake Surface for longer than 24 hours unless they have first registered the hut with the City of Chestermere and been issued a valid identification tag.

    (k) The owner or user of an ice-fishing hut must ensure that a valid identification tag issued by the City of Chestermere is clearly visible on the exterior of the ice-fishing hut while the hut is situated or placed on the Winter Lake Surface. 

    (l) Any person that places ice-fishing huts, hockey nets, other recreational items or other items or equipment on the Winter Lake Surface shall fully remove such items or equipment prior to the thawing of the Winter Lake Surface. 

    (m) The City of Chestermere may immediately remove any item or piece of equipment from the Winter Lake Surface if such item or equipment constitutes a public safety hazard or otherwise creates an unsafe condition. 

    (n) No Lake front property owner, or contractor or other person conducting any work on the property owner’s behalf, shall enter upon the Winter Lake Surface to repair or renovate the property owner’s personal infrastructure without first obtaining permission to do so from the City of Chestermere.

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  • Section 10: Commercial Properties (Draft Lake Use Bylaw)

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    10. COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES 

    (a) Only Lake front properties zoned as commercial may conduct commercial activity on the Lake, as per the Use of Work Agreement with the Western Irrigation District.

    (b) No person shall launch or allow to be launched any Motorized Vessel on to the Lake from a commercial boat launch unless a valid Seasonal Permit or Day Permit allowing for the subject activity has first been obtained from the City of Chestermere. 

    (c) Residents or Visitors that utilize a Boat Launch located on a commercial property may be subject to additional fees set out by the commercial operator. The City of Chestermere is not responsible for any additional charges that the user may incur. 

    (d) No person shall swim, float, or wade within twenty (20) meters of a commercial boat launch or otherwise impede or interfere with the associated Vessel and vehicle traffic or the orderly operation of the commercial boat launch facility. 

    (e) No owner or keeper of an animal shall allow or permit the animal to swim within one hundred (100) meters of a commercial boat launch or to otherwise impede or interfere with the associated Vessel and vehicle traffic or the orderly operation of the commercial boat launch facility. 

    (f) The owners of commercial Lake front properties shall ensure that the appearance and safety of any docks or floating structures that are located on or attached to their property are properly and adequately maintained. 

    (g) The owners of commercial Lake front properties are solely responsible for the safety of those patrons or guests participating in recreational or Lake related activities occurring on their property, including any titled property below the surface of the Lake. 

    (h) Chestermere City Council has the authority to review and approve all business activity that occurs in Chestermere, including all business activity carried out for financial gain and which is   conducted on the Lake and Winter Lake Surface from a commercially zoned Lake front property.

    (i) The Owner or Operator of any Home Based Business, described pursuant to the Chestermere Land Use Bylaw #022-10 as “Bed and Breakfast Accommodation“, that is located on a Lake front property and is the subject of a valid Major Home Business Licence issued by the City of Chestermere, shall ensure that all guests, renters, lease holders or temporary residents: 

                    (i) Have registered their Motorized Vessels and/or PWC with the City of Chestermere in accordance of Section 4 and Section 5 of this Bylaw; and 

                    (ii) Comply with all applicable provisions of this Bylaw and the Federal Watercraft Regulations. 

                    (iii) The Owners and/or operators of Lake front Home Businesses are solely responsible for the safety of their guests, renters, lease holders or temporary              residents participating in recreational or Lake related activities occurring on their property, including any titled property below the surface of the Lake. 

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  • Section 11: Lakefront Residential and Not-For-Profit Properties (Draft Lake Use Bylaw)

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    11. LAKE FRONT RESIDENTIAL AND NOT-FOR PROFIT PROPERTIES 

    (a) The Owners of Lake front residential and Not-for-profit properties shall ensure that the appearance and safety of any docks or floating structures that are located on or are attached to their property are properly and adequately maintained. 

    (b) The Owners of Lake front residential and Not-for-profit properties are solely responsible for the safety of their guests, renters, lease holders or temporary residents participating in recreational or Lake related activities occurring on their property, including any titled property below the surface of the Lake. 

    (c) Prior to utilizing any Motorized Vessel and/or PWC located at Lake front residential or Not-for-profit properties, the properties’ Owners, or employees, agents or volunteers thereof, shall ensure that: 

     (i) The subject Motorized Vessels and/or PWC have been registered with the City of Chestermere in accordance of Section 4 and Section 5 of this Bylaw; and 

    (ii) All applicable provisions of this Bylaw and the Federal Watercraft Regulations are complied with. 

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  • Section 12: Municipal Lakefront Parks, Beaches and Properties (Draft Lake Use Bylaw)

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    12. MUNICIPAL LAKE FRONT PARKS, BEACHES AND PROPERTIES 

    (a) The City shall communicate to the public, lake and beach safety initiatives, concerns and closures in a timely manner to ensure the health and safety of all Lake and beach users.

    (b) The City shall implement all reasonable and applicable recommendations from the Alberta Safe Beaches Protocol to ensure the proper management and health and safety of Lake and beach users.

    (c) The CAO may, by order, close or restrict access by the public to specific City of Chestermere amenities including but not limited to beaches, parks, municipal boat launches and lakefront open spaces including properties in recreational areas owned by the Western Irrigation District, at any time, due to an emergency, health and safety concerns, water quality issues, flooding, or immediate or forecasted severe weather events.

    (d)The CAO may, by order, set and enforce at any time a maximum occupancy rate for beaches, parks, municipal boat launches and lakefront open spaces including properties in recreational areas owned by the Western Irrigation District, due to health and safety concerns.

    (e)The CAO may, by order, require permits to use beaches, parks, municipal boat launches and lakefront open spaces including properties in recreational areas owned by the Western Irrigation District and implement reasonable fees for permits to use beaches, parks, municipal boat launches and lakefront open spaces including properties in recreational areas owned by the Western Irrigation District, for the purpose of raising revenue and setting higher fees for Visitors as per section 8(c) of the MGA.

    (f) In order to enforce this Bylaw or any order of the CAO under Section 12 of this Bylaw, a Peace Officer or authorized City employee has the authority to direct or order a person or persons to exit any City of Chestermere beach, park, municipal boat launch and lakefront open space including properties in recreational areas owned by the Western Irrigation District, and any person so directed or ordered shall comply with such direction or order.

    (g) Notwithstanding section 8(8) of the Community Standards Bylaw (Bylaw Number 004-12), non-motorized Passenger-Carrying Vessels can be launched from any public lakefront park or property. 

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