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Draft Bylaws Under Review

2024 Municipal Election Bylaw 

The purpose of the 2024 Municipal Election Bylaw is to regulate the conduct of the upcoming municipal election. The Town of Watson Lake is currently reviewing the draft 2024 Municipal Election Bylaw and encourage the public to participate by providing input.  Written comments can be sent by email to cdo@watsonlake.ca or dropped at the Town Office located at 710 Adela Trail, Watson Lake. 

Please click the link below to view the draft

Draft 2024 Municipal Election Bylaw 2024-06



Zoning Amendment Bylaw 

The purpose of the draft Zoning Amendment Bylaw is to provide greater clarity and certainty on what is permitted under Zoning Bylaw 2023-05. Council is also entertaining the addition of principle uses for commercial zones where the allowances are consistent with existing uses and the intended purposes of these zones and their Official Community Plan designations. 

The Town of Watson Lake is currently reviewing the draft Zoning Amendment Bylaw, and encourage the public to participate by providing input.  A Public Hearing has been for Tuesday, May 14, 2024, to hear and consider all verbal and written submissions relating to the proposed revision. The Public Hearing shall take place on the date established above at 6:00 pm at the Town Council Chambers. Deadline for the receipt of written submissions is Thursday, May 9, 2024, prior to 4:30 pm. Written submissions may be emailed to cdo@watsonlake.ca or dropped at the Town Office, located at 710 Adela Trail, Watson Lake.

Please click the links below to view the draft bylaw and current Zoning Bylaw 2023-05.

Draft Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2024-05

Current Zoning Bylaw 2023-05



Feeding of Wild Birds and Animals Bylaw 

The purpose of this bylaw is to regulate and control the feeding of wild birds and animals within the Town of Watson Lake, to protect wildlife as well as humans and their pets. Feeding of wildlife can cause various issues, including, but not limited to: 

  • Wild animals becoming dependent on people feeding them;
  • Wild animals losing their natural behaviour and fear of both humans and their pets, which increases the likelihood of human-wildlife and pet-wildlife conflict;
  • Wild animals congregating in large numbers where they are being fed, which increases the likelihood of disease and parasites being prevalent, resulting them being a nuisance to the area; and,
  • Attracting of unwanted wild animals. 

The Town of Watson Lake is currently reviewing the draft Feeding of Wild Birds and Animals Bylaw, and encourage the public to participate by providing input.  Written comments can be sent by email to cdo@watsonlake.ca or dropped at the Town Office located at 710 Adela Trail, Watson Lake.

Please click the link below to view the draft bylaw.

Feeding of Wild Animals Bylaw 2024-02



General Maintenance Bylaw 

The General Maintenance Bylaw is in place to regulate the general appearance, maintenance, and safety of the community on both public and private property, and to determine enforcement actions for non-compliance. The Town of Watson Lake is currently reviewing the General Maintenance Bylaw, and encourage the public to participate by providing input.  Written comments can be sent by email to cdo@watsonlake.ca or dropped at the Town Office located at 710 Adela Trail, Watson Lake. The Bylaws being reviewed are as follows:

General Maintenance Bylaw #10-13

Draft General Maintenance & Nuisance Bylaw 2023-011 - This is a draft working document, which once adopted by Council, will replace both General Maintenance Bylaw #10-13 and Bylaw Amendment #11-09 (above). This draft bylaw will be discussed at length at the upcoming Town Hall Meeting on Monday, November 27, 2023. Public input and feedback is encouraged.



Fire Protection and Life Safety Bylaw

The purpose of this bylaw is to establish a Fire Department for the Town of Watson Lake, and to establish authority and due process for the prevention and control of fire and rescue incidents through delegations of authority and provision of responsibilities.  

To better reflect the needs of the organization Fire Protection and Life Safety Bylaw #18-12 and Volunteer Fire Department Bylaw #99-17 are being amalgamated into one new Bylaw. The Town of Watson Lake is currently reviewing this new bylaw, and encourage the public to participate by providing input. Written comments can be sent by email to cdo@watsonlake.ca or dropped at the Town Office located at 710 Adela Trail, Watson Lake. The Bylaw being reviewed is as follows:

Fire Protection and Life Safety Bylaw 2024-01