The City of Fort Saskatchewan has made a few small adjustments to the land use bylaw.
It's a process that happens every few years to keep the document organized and up-to-date.
"It's just a refresh," explained mayor Gale Katchur. "They've done a bunch of clean up with text, they've made a couple changes that give the approving authority more power which should save residents some money."
The refresh doesn't have much impact on the average Fort resident, merely making things run smoother when city staff use the thick, 169 page document.
One of the confusing points was on pools.
"I thought 'oh my gosh, they're removing pools,'" said Katchur on the misunderstanding. "They weren't, they're just considered an accessorary use [opposed to a permitted use]."
Another change was made to what signs can and can't say. Before, the development authority would have to consider (in their approval) whether the sign was undesirable or offensive, this posed questions of whether it limited the Charter Freedom of Speech. It was changed to focus on the use of the sign rather than the message.
The modifications were passed through all three readings.