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The Provincial government released a document entitled Stepping Back from the Water to provide developers with a best management practices guide on minimizing the impacts and risks associated with development near water bodies. Within Red Deer County, there are several significant water bodies such as the Red Deer River, Sylvan Lake and Gleniffer Lake. In addition to these large bodies of water, there are many riparian areas that need to be conserved as well. This document outlines additional information developers may find useful in terms of legislated requirements, environmental impact and additional buffer information.
Currently, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development mandates that development must not occur within the 1:100 flood plain. In Red Deer County, development occurring near a water body is required to have a setback of 30 metres (100 feet) from the high water mark or highest valley break. If a lesser setback is required, a slope stability assessment must be submitted by a licensed Geotechnical Engineer.
If you are interested in conservation of riparian areas and are looking to develop, please contact Red Deer County’s Planning and Development department at 403.350.2170 or our Conservation Coordinator, Ken Lewis at 403.342.8653.
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