Edmonton Journal - August 5th
Rules from the province that will ban new construction in flood-prone areas are raising questions about the impact on a major redevelopment planned for Fort McMurray’s downtown.
Last year, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo approved the ambitious plan to revamp the city centre, including plans for a new civic centre, a downtown arena, a public square and more highrises to accommodate both business and residential growth.
But as the municipality prepares to launch the first phase, it is uncertain what Alberta’s new rules for floodways and flood fringes will mean for this oilsands city that’s bordered downtown by three rivers — the massive Athabasca, the Clearwater and the smaller Hangingstone. A fourth river, the Horse, skirts the Abasand Heights neighbourhood. ... Click here to continue reading.