“It’s time to clean up”
City updates bylaw that spurs residents to clean up their front lawns
Earlier this month saw the city’s elected officials update Prince Albert’s property amenities bylaw that pushes residents to clean up their front lawns.
However, passing a bylaw is only the first step . . . . .
Now, they’re issuing a public push to make sure residents are aware of the changes.
If that doesn’t work, there’s always enforcement, but with fines of at least $500 for the first offence, enforcement is unlikely a road anyone wants to go down.
In short, the updated bylaw prohibits various items from
being stored in one’s front lawn.
Automobiles, ATVs, motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats, motorhomes, trailers, campers, portable garages and any accessory structure whether portable or permanent are no longer permitted on front lawns.
The bylaw also prohibits human habitation inside recreational vehicles, trailers or accessory buildings.
“Junked vehicles” -- basically anything inoperable or abandoned -- are no longer allowed to be stored in residential neighbourhoods.
“We’ve changed quite a few of the standards now and we’re going to start moving forward on implementing some of them,” Mayor Greg Dionne explained this week.
“We want people to know it’s time to clean up … You want your neighbourhoods to look good, so I think it’s part of our job to promote it; to remind people.”
Dionne said that he hopes to see these stricter bylaws result in fewer eyesores and devaluated properties in our community.
Even so, Dionne clarified that the vast majority of property owners in Prince Albert are top-notched.
“We have such a large sector of our population that takes good care of their yards, so I think it’s our duty to stand up for those people.”
Mayor Greg Dionne