Lacombe City Council passed an Encroachment Bylaw that provides clarity, equity, and long-term planning for how the City manages encroachments on public property.

Council considered a comprehensive approach to encroachment management at their most recent meeting. The strategy categorizes encroachments based on severity and outlines a structured approach to managing City-owned land.

“Minor and major encroachments are universal issues for municipalities across the country,” Mayor Grant Creasey said. “This new bylaw provides our residents with the necessary education to voluntarily comply with the legislation. In more severe cases, a clear method of enforcement has been outlined providing transparency for citizens.”

Encroachment Bylaw 513 regulates and manages encroachments on City-owned land, streets, and easements, outlining items such as:

• the responsibilities of property owners,

• the authority of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO),

• enforcement measures,

• penalties, and

• appeal procedures.

The Bylaw divides encroachments into Minor, Moderate, Major, and Egregious categories, each including methods of assessment and enforcement. All property owners with an encroachment adjacent to their property are responsible for removing it or applying for an Encroachment Agreement.

The Bylaw's fines serve as a deterrent, with the ultimate goal of avoiding encroachment violations. Escalating fines will be issued if a property owner does not remove an encroachment after removal notices or an order to remedy has been issued.

The City will contact property owners with current encroachments directly and provide education on the Bylaw at and through the City’s social media channels.