On May 23, 2023, Council approved Policy #61.0.4 establishing a Policy supporting the installation of Seasonal Docks and Other Mooring Structures attached or adjacent to County Managed Lands.
Historically, the County of Wetaskiwin has not issued approval for the placement of seasonal structures on lakeshores in the County since the management and control of the bed and shore of waterbodies is the responsibility of the Province. However, the Alberta Government recently adopted the “Disturbance Standard for Temporary Seasonal Docks and other Mooring Structures for Personal Recreational Purposes” establishing a standardized means of managing docks and other mooring structures. Under the Disturbance Standard, the installation of a dock may require the consent of the waterfront landowner to obtain approval from the Province. To deal with the consent and use of County Land for docks, Council directed Administration to draft a Seasonal Dock & Mooring Structure Installation & Storage Approval Policy for their consideration.
On March 28, 2023, Council held a Public Hearing to gather feedback on the draft policy from community members. After hearing from members of the public, and Alberta Forestry, Parks, and Tourism on April 25, 2023, Council amended the draft Policy. Council chose not to support the storage of docks and other mooring structures on County Land, but did give consent through the Policy allowing docks and other mooring structures to be installed adjacent to and on County Managed Lands, subject to conditions. A dock or mooring structure that complies with the Policy conditions does not require written consent or approval from the County. However, it must be noted that the Policy does not supersede the “Disturbance Standard for Temporary Seasonal Docks and other Mooring Structures for Personal Recreational Purposes” as set forth by the Government of Alberta, but rather facilitates citizens in being able to obtain approvals through the Government of Alberta where required.
The storage of docks or other mooring structures is not permitted on County Managed Lands including Municipal Reserve, Environmental Reserve, Public Utility Lot, Road Allowances, etc.
For more information, please visit www.county.wetaskiwin.ab.ca/docks