Calgary council approves changes to Community Standards Bylaws
Update means increased fines unkempt properties, new fire pit rules
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If you want to have a backyard fire, you’ll soon have to cover it up with a grill.
That’s just one of the changes to the Community Standards Bylaw which were approved by council on Monday.
The new bylaws include changes to sound thresholds around concerts and construction, property upkeep, fire pits and non-commercial flyers.
When the bylaws come into effect, anyone with a “No Junk Mail” sticker will also be protected from non-commercial flyers, such as anti-abortion flyers. There are fines for individuals or groups distributing flyers to marked mailboxes.
There was some debate over whether or not fire pit grills would help address the complaints the city gets from residents.
Coun. Brian Pincott said council was ignoring the very real problem of wood smoke bothering neighbours while addressing a non-existent problem of controlling sparks.
He noted other municipalities have banned outdoor fires to control air quality.
“We are someday going to have to tackle wood smoke in our city,” he said.
Administration said the use of grills was endorsed by the Calgary Fire Department as a good safety measure, even though there have been no reported examples of fires started by sparks escaping from a fire pit.