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With the current public health concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, the City recently implemented capacity limits at the beaches, under the authority of the provincial beach guidance document, to ensure that visitors are safe. To help offset the costs of enforcing those limits, the City is now requiring non-residents pay an admission fee.
Last Updated: July 30, 2020
The fee charges will start on Friday, July 31, 2020.
Last Updated: July 30, 2020
Chestermere residents receive complimentary access but any guest or visitor who is not a Chestermere resident will need to pay the required fees.
Only debit card or credit cards are being accepted. Cash will not be accepted.
Anyone who is not a Chestermere resident will need to pay the required fees.
Currently, fencing and fees are in place for Anniversary Park and Beach and Cove Park and Beach. At this time Sunset Park will not have charges (but there is construction at the park). If overcrowding is an issue, fencing and fees may be implemented at Sunset Park as well.
Last Updated July 30, 2020
Anyone over 15 will be required to show ID. If you are a resident and bring your children, you will not have to pay for them.
If their student ID card is from a Chestermere school, then they would not have to pay.
Anyone over 15 will be required to show ID. Those under 15 will not be required to show ID.
Chestermere residents already pay for the maintenance of the beaches, so adding an admission fee for those who do not live in our community helps to offset the costs of keeping visitors safe during this global pandemic.
Many beachgoers bring their own food and supplies and many business owners have not reported extensive business from beachgoers. However, the bylaw will only be in place for the remainder of 2020, after which time the economic impact will be evaluated.
The City evaluated the cost to add fencing, signage and security in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and set fees that would help offset some of those costs. It is estimated that the City will still need to pay for $15,000 of costs but the fees will help to cover some of those expenses. And, while this is cost recovery in part, the fees still don’t cover additional costs to protect people from COVID-19.
Public places are generally free for all residents and non-residents, but municipalities can charge extra fees for non-residents to use amenities. For example, if a Chestermere resident would like to get a pass to the Calgary Public Library, they would be required to pay $112 membership fee (whereas it is free for Calgary residents).
The City cannot prohibit non-residents from using the beach as Alberta does not allow discrimination between residents and non-residents being permitted in public places. However, by passing Bylaw 026-20 on July 28, the City can now recover some of the costs associated with the activities at the beach by charging a fee for non-residents. This is done under the authority of the Municipal Government Act and the City has the right to regulate activities on Chestermere Lake under the agreement with the Western Irrigation District.
The Bike Park is open from 7:30am to dark weather permitting. If there is a rain fall or wind storm, the park will be closed. It may take up to 36 hours for the park to reopen after a storm. Visit www.chestermere.ca/bikepark for updates.Last updated: June 25, 2020
In order to ensure that physical distancing and maximum rider numbers are consistently enforced, the park needs to be staffed at all times. The operating hours allow our limited number of staff to overlap their shifts in order to take breaks and monitor the park for safety requirements.Last updated: June 1, 2020
The pump track, skills loop and beginner flow trail are open. Intermediate and advanced runs are still closed until further notice. Visit www.chestermere.ca/bikepark for more information.
Last updated: June 25, 2020
Access gates will be limited to one entrance via West Creek Drive. The other entrances, on Lavender Lane and via the storm pond, will be sealed off at this time so that staff can monitor the total number of riders in the park.
Last updated: June 1, 2020
Patrons will be required to sign-in with their name and phone number (number of parent or guardian) for safety and COVID-19 tracing purposes. Parents will be contacted if a child is injured.
Staff will monitor the number of patrons (hourly head counts) in the park and close the gate when they reach 15 cyclists. Signage will be posted to notify waiting users that the park is at capacity. The sign will be removed and more riders can be provided access to the park once current users leave.
No, at this time, users are asked to bring their own water bottles and porta-potties will be limited to staff use only.
It is strongly recommended that all children 12 and under be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Last updated: June 12, 2020
Staff were hired as soon as it was confirmed that the Bike Park would re-open. These staff required some specialized training before they could begin maintaining the Park features.
Yes, users may swim in the lake. However, the Province is currently advising that COVID-19 transmission through water is currently unknown, and people entering the water do so at their own risk.
Buoys are placed near the parks during the summer (Anniversary and John Peake Park) that mark shoreline areas that can be used for swimming.
Please be advised that you swim at your own risk. There are no lifeguards on duty.
Last Updated: July 21, 2020
Yes. The City is testing water quality once a week through the summer months. We are using the same laboratory service as the Western Irrigation District (WID), whom maintains the water that fills Chestermere Lake from the Bow River.
The City cannot prohibit non-residents from using the beach as Alberta does not allow discrimination between residents and non-residents being permitted in public places. However, by passing Bylaw 026-20 on Tuesday, July 28, the City can now recover some of the costs associated with the activities at the beach by charging a fee for non-residents. This is done under the authority of the Municipal Government Act and the City has the right to regulate activities on Chestermere Lake under the agreement with the Western Irrigation District.
Last Updated July 29, 2020
Yes, beaches were reopened on June 19.
Lakeside parks will have new maximum capacity limits to ensure that visitors can effectively distance from each other.
The maximum limit at Anniversary Park will be 615 people (115 on the beach), the maximum limit at Cove Beach will be 205 (39 on the beach) and the maximum at Sunset Park will be 483. If overcrowding continues to be a problem, the City may further limit or close beaches.
If visitors come to the park and it is at capacity, they will need to wait or come back later. There will not be a time limit on how long visitors can stay at the park once admitted.
Details and a beach visitor checklist can be found at www.chestermere.ca/beaches
Last Updated July 21, 2020.
Yes, but there are some regulations about where you can fish, for example, fishing is not permitted on the City’s floating docks, but you can fish from private docks and other shorelines. You also need a fishing licence. Remember to only share equipment with those who live in your household and maintain a 2 metre physical distance from anyone who does not live with you.
Last Updated July 21, 2020
Yes. More details about the boat launch are available at www.chestermere.ca/boats.
We are hoping to get more guidelines from the Province on that, but don’t have any information yet. However, we do recognize that it would be challenging to be socially distant with people on a boat so we take that into consideration as we work on our local regulations. Remember to only share equipment with those who live in your household and maintain a 2 metre physical distance from anyone who does not live with you.
Last updated: June 17, 2020
Yes.Last Updated June 17, 2020
Water quality is tested once a week.
The dead fish are likely the result of:
It is believed that the likely cause is hooking mortality, especially where the gills looked damaged. One theory is that with COVID, there are many new fishermen who are not handling fish very well (never put your fingers into a pikes gills to hold them up – the gills are very fragile).
Also, a few years ago the Province eliminated the requirement to use barbless hooks. The combination of lots of people fishing, many new fishers who don’t know how to properly release live fish (e.g. pike), and barbed hooks which are difficult to remove probably = high hooking mortality rate.
As well, the numbers of dead fish reported have been in the low double digits. If it were in the range of 100-200 fish being found at a time – further investigations will be done with Alberta Fish and Wildlife.
Last Updated: June 17, 2020
The green clumpy algae are a filamentous green algae called Sprirogyra – named for its very obvious spiral shaped chloroplasts (the organs that contain the oxygen producing chlorophyll).
The algae that has been reported is likely due to the low flow of water.
There are many different types of algaes based on different conditions in our lake. Summer kills due to low oxygen can also occur in lakes in late summer, in stagnant eutrophic (nutrient enriched) lakes that get warm (warm water holds less oxygen) where there are large algal blooms that crash and oxygen is consumed from the decomposing algae. This would be very unlikely in Chestermere, given the lake has a pretty rapid turnover of water and is well mixed from the wind. WID also reports higher than usual oxygen levels for this time of year.
These algae are relatively benign – and will probably persist for a few weeks while conditions are right for them; then they will decline and something else will grow in their place.
In general, phosphate levels have been increasing in Chestermere over the past decade or so, and it is very likely we will see annual algal blooms of this sort, and often different species of algae are involved depending on the conditions at the time.
Visit the Province’s Re-Launch page for full details. Businesses who are permitted to re-open can review industry and event specific guidance documents.
Last Updated June 12, 2020
Statistics were one of the important measures we look at as we consider what restrictions to add, ease or lift. We continue to watch our local numbers regularly and are pleased that our numbers are less than ¼ of what was expected in April’s modelling. Council and CHEMA have agreed to rescind all local orders and lift the local state of emergency as the COVID-19 infection rates in Chestermere have remained low for more than a month now. We are also encouraged by the success of our first stage of the re-launch strategy, and the fact that the province will be ended their State of Public Health Emergency on June 15.
Last Updated June 25, 2020
No. This isn’t legally permitted. Chestermere Lake is owned by the Western Irrigation District and under the guidance of the federal Navigable Waters Act, which means that we cannot discriminate against those using the Lake by where they live. We are limited in our ability to control who can access and use it but we are putting in other measures to keep people safe while enjoying the beach and when launching a boat or on the water. For details on the boat launch, visit www.chestermere.ca/boats.
Last Updated June 12, 2020
It’s not a particular time, but more about statistics and numbers and safety.
Yes, beaches were opened on June 25, 2020
When visiting beaches - physical distancing must be observed, maintain 2 metres of distance between any person who is not a member of your family at all times. Provincial gathering regulations state no more than 100 people may gather outdoors. Read more in the Lake & Beaches FAQ.Last Updated June 25, 2020
Yes, but there are some regulations about where you can fish, for example, fishing is not permitted on the City’s floating docks, but you can fish from private docks and other shorelines and beaches once they re-open closer to the end of June. You also need a fishing licence. Remember to only share equipment with those who live in your household and maintain a 2 metre physical distance from anyone who does not live with you. Read more in the Lake & Beaches FAQ.
We are hoping to get more guidelines from the Province on that, but don’t have any information yet. However, we do recognize that it would be challenging to be socially distant with people on a boat so we take that into consideration as we work on our local regulations. Read more in the Lake and Beaches FAQ.
Last Updated June 17, 2020
Yes. If you are not in self-isolation/quarantine, you can walk, bike, rollerblade or scoot your way around the community. You must still give others at least 2 metres of space when passing them. Remember that paths also have pedestrians. Please ride responsibly. The maximum speed permitted on a pathway is 10km.Last Updated June 12, 2020
Yes. Read more in the Lake & Beaches FAQ.Last Updated June 12, 2020
Yes. CHEMA lifted its restriction on golf some time ago and the Province has now allowed golf courses to open under increased sanitation measures. CHEMA has worked with the golf course on developing enhanced safety measures which are now in place.
Yes, they are open as of June 1. Playground equipment is not sanitized and will be used at your own risk. It is strongly recommended that all children 12 and under be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All users (children, parents, guardians) must maintain a two-metre physical distance from any person who does not live in their household. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in fines and/or the playground being closed.Last updated, June 12, 2020
Yes. Equipment is not sanitized and will be used at your own risk. It is strongly recommended that all children 12 and under be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All users (children, parents, guardians) must maintain a two-metre physical distance from any person who does not live in their household. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in fines and/or the park being closed.
Yes, the skate park is open as of June 1. Equipment is not sanitized and will be used at your own risk. It is strongly recommended that all children 12 and under be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All users (children, parents, guardians) must maintain a two-metre physical distance from any person who does not live in their household. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in fines and/or the park being closed.Last updated: June 12, 2020
Yes, as of June 1, the pump track, strider track, skills loop and beginner flow trails at the Bike Park are open, weather permitting. Hours are 7:30am until dark. Advanced tracks will remain closed for the time being. Equipment will not be sanitized and will be used at your own risk. View the Bike Park FAQ for more details.
Yes, there are increased sanitization and distancing measures in place, and a daily limit on the number of boats permitted through the launch until the end of June. These measures are set to keep visitors and staff safe. More details about the boat launch are available at www.chestermere.ca/boats. Read more in the Lake & Beaches FAQ.Last Updated June 12, 2020
Local orders have been rescinded as of Friday, June 12 and the State of Local Emergency will be lifted as of Monday, June 15.
While local orders will expire, the provincial public health guidelines issued by Dr. Hinshaw must still be observed. This includes, physical distancing, regular hand washing, staying home and self-isolating for 14 days when sick, and wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible.
During a state of local emergency, City Council empowers the Chestermere Emergency Management Agency (CHEMA) in our city to make the decisions they deem necessary to protect our community. Orders are reviewed by a legal team and supported by City Council. Check out this page for a list of which level of government looks after each components of a pandemic. CHEMA is led by the Director of Emergency Management (DEM) who signs all Orders. All communities must have such a position and such a person must be trained and experienced in the position. In Chestermere’s case, the Director of Emergency Management also happens to be the City’s CAO. At this time, he is working full-time on both positions.
Yes. Provincial gathering regulations state no more than 50 people may gather indoors and no more than 100 people may gather outdoors.Last Updated June 12, 2020
Yes. Provincial gathering regulations state no more than 50 people may gather indoors and no more than 100 people may gather outdoors.
Yes. Contractors for household maintenance are permitted in a permanent dwelling. It is strongly recommended that guests be pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms by the homeowner, using these questions and wear a mask while conducting business inside the dwelling.Last Updated June 12, 2020
Yes but everyone must be at least 2 metres apart at all times, including when entering the yard. Any items that are touched (gate handle) should be sanitized before and after use.
Provincial gathering regulations state no more than 50 people may gather indoors and no more than 100 people may gather outdoors.
Last updated June 12, 2020
Garage sales can be very busy with many people gathering and touching common surfaces and are not considered to be a safe practice during the pandemic. Consult the general provincial guidelines before organizing an event. There are also industry and event specific guidelines available.Provincial gathering regulations state no more than 50 people may gather indoors and no more than 100 people may gather outdoors.
These events require many people touching many items and are not considered to be a safe practice during the pandemic. Consult the general provincial guidelines before organizing an event. There are also industry and event specific guidelines available.
These events require many people touching many items and are not considered to be a safe practice during the pandemic. Consult the general provincial guidelines before organizing an event. There are also industry and event specific guidelines available.
No, not at this time.
Chestermere’s Director of Emergency Management is in frequent contact with the Calgary Director of Emergency Management, our Mayor is in contact with Mayor Nenshi, and our emergency management team is closely monitoring the situation.
At this time, we strongly recommend that people wear masks if they are going indoors, and outdoors where they feel comfortable or are required to be in close proximity with others. Please do your part to protect yourself and others.
Last updated: August 10, 2020
We have been reminding people of the importance of this through our website and social media. We have also made our RCMP officers and Community Peace Officers aware and they are visiting high traffic places. This is a 10km per hour speed limit for cyclists and we ask that they respectfully be cautious and courteous to pedestrians.
We strongly recommend that people wear masks when in places where others are congregating. It hasn’t been mandated unless you are going to a business where the client and service provider cannot maintain the 2m distance, but we will encourage it.
If you can keep them at home, do so, to limit the number of people entering the business.
We are hoping to get more guidelines from the Province on that, but don’t have any information yet. However, we do recognize that it would be challenging to be socially distant with people on a boat so we take that into consideration as we work on our local regulations. Read more in the Lake & Beaches FAQ.
Check out the listing on our website here. If your company is supplying or selling masks, email email@example.com to have your business added.Last updated: June 1, 2020
You may access the City of Chestermere Land Use bylaw on the city’s website. Part four of the land use bylaw speaks about development applications and enumerates specific types of work that do not require a development permit.
Seniors can contact Alberta Seniors and Community Support toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or the Ministry’s website for more information on:•Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors program•The Alberta Seniors Benefit•Other provincial programs and services for seniors Ministry Website
No. Alcohol consumption on a vessel is prohibited unless it was manufactured with sleeping quarters, meal preparation area (galley), a built in lavatory/washroom, and is moored for the evening.
Yes. Impaired driving laws under the Criminal Code extend to vessels in waterways, train operation, and aircraft operation. Possession of liquor in a vessel is also prohibited and subject to seizure and a fine under the Gaming and Liquor Act.
Yes. The portion of the lake North of the causeway has a speed limit of 12km/hr. The remainder of the lake has a 10km/hr speed limit within 30 meters of shore.
Yes. You are obligated to provide proof of operator competency (pleasure craft operator license), proof of ownership (vessel licencing), and must produce all required safety equipment. If you refuse to cooperate, the police may board your vessel to check for these items and if required order you to leave the lake. Violations for non compliance may also result in a court appearance and fines.
No. You cannot tow a person after dark.
You may only have as many people as you have seats which does not exceed the recommended weight for your vessel. This includes any persons towed by your vessel.
Yes, as long as you have a spotter on your PWC and an additional seat for each towed person.
** All persons who operate a pleasure craft regardless of age require a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, or in the case of a rental has received appropriate instruction **
Under 12 years of age with no direct supervision: May operate a boat up to 10hp (7.5kW) engine power.
Ages 12 to under 16 with no direct supervision: May operate a boat up to 40hp (30kW) engine power.
Under 16 years of age, regardless of supervision: May not operate a Personal Watercraft (PWC)
16 years of age or older: No horsepower restrictions.
Under the Council tab, you will find a link to minutes under Council Meetings. This page gives you a list of the most recent minutes approved by Council.
You can find that on our Civic Alerts page
Download the Chestermere Recycles App or view our PDF map for the garbage pickup schedule.
Yes! Our Community Services Department offers a variety of programming opportunities for everyone from infants to seniors. Please call 403-207-7060 for the latest available programs or check out our Community Services webpage.
Yes. Download the Chestermere Recycles App to find out what goes in your Blue Bin or can be dropped off at the Eco Centre.
The City issues utility bills for water, wastewater (sewage), garbage & recycling services every month. You can pay through pre-authorized payments, through online/telephone banking, mail or credit card online. Visit our utilities billing & account page to learn more.
Yes. Permits are issued through the Development Services Department. Visit their webpage to learn more about the permits you will need to do any construction on your home.
The Parent & Caregiver Support Services is the new division that will carry out the new Spoke Services under the Family Resource Network model, and will be providing free, universal skill-building and educational programs, information, and resources to support and meet the needs of parents and families in Chestermere.
Given the current pandemic situation we have not been able to confirm our spacing needs, and what our presence will look like at Chestermere’s City Hall. What we can confirm is that our programs will be delivered in a variety of ways, and settings. We will be offering virtual programs, and using technology to provide support and information to parents and families.
When the pandemic is over, and social distancing measures lifted, we will be offering off-site learning opportunities for families at different locations and time of day throughout Chestermere.
No. The Family Resource Network model follows the new Well-Being & Resiliency Framework, and so the programs and services will look different. The Parent & Caregiver Support Services team will be delivering a variety of universal, community-based informational and skill-building programs, and resources designed for parents and families with children 0-13 years of age.
The Aspen Commons Family Resource Hub will be providing additional supports and services for families in Chestermere, and other communities that are included in our region including Strathmore, Wheatland County, and SE Rocky View.
They will offer a broad spectrum of prevention programs to intensive services for families with children 0-18 years of age, for example play-based learning for children. To learn more about their programs and services please visit: https://www.aspenfamily.org/programs/frnchestermere-strathmore
We will be providing virtual learning opportunities for families in the coming weeks through Skype, and WebEx, and also providing pre-recorded videos for families to watch with information and strategies to support you and your family during COVID-19. We will also be regularly posting helpful resources, articles, and links on our website and Facebook page. In addition, we will also be rolling out an online Ages & Stages Questionnaire database where families can complete a developmental screen for their child (0-60 months of age) on their smart phone, tablet or computer.
We are also available or over the phone support from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, or via email. Families are welcome to call us at (403) 207-7050 to connect with one of our helpful and experienced Caregiver Support Facilitators.
To check out our new website and list of helpful resources please visit: www.chestermere.ca/pcss (we will be updating our website and Facebook page on a daily basis)
We will be offering a variety of universal, curriculum-based programs including the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), the Psychology Foundation of Canada’s Kids Have Stress Too program, developmental screening including Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Circle of Security, and an emotional literacy program which helps caregivers and children how to increase their ability to independently problem solve, improve friendship skills, enhance positive behaviours and regulate their emotions, using the evidence-based PATHS®, and Social-Thinking Curriculums.
In addition to these programs we will provide ongoing access to information, resources, and referrals to connect families with additional supports. We will offer a variety of resources for families to take home, including a library of resource books that can be signed out. We will also provide opportunities for families to meet with local Service Providers such as nurses, Speech & Language Pathologists, or mental health professionals.
Again, we will be working closely with our regional Hub, the Aspen Commons Family Resource Network, to assist with intake, coordination, and referral support for families who may be needing supports outside of what our Parent & Caregiver Support Services team can offer, such as more targeted and intensive services.
No, Chestermere families can self-refer and are free to participate in any of our programs and services that are available. We are here to support parents and families with children 0-13 who may need support, are experiencing vulnerability, or are just wanting to add new strategies to their arsenal of parenting tools.
We will be accepting referrals from our regional Hub, and other agencies and service providers in the area to ensure families are receiving help and connecting to quality supports in a timely manner.
Assessment notices are mailed in March. If you have not received your notice by the end of March, please contact the City of Chestermere by calling (403) 207-7050. Assessment reports are also be available on the City’s website (www.chestermere.ca/webmap). Please review your notice carefully once you receive it. If you have general questions, call the City at (403) 207-7050. If you have detailed questions about your property, call the Assessor at 1-877-438-2305.
Market value is defined as the price a property might reasonably sell for after adequate time and exposure to an open market when sold by a willing seller to a willing buyer.
In Alberta, the amount of tax a property owner pays is according to the value of the property (your assessment).
The City of Chestermere contracts Accurate Assessment Group Ltd. to provide assessments for our community. This company comes to Chestermere each year (usually in the spring/summer) to complete the City’s assessment.
Properties in Alberta are assessed using a ‘mass appraisal’ method, which is the process of valuing a group of properties as of a given date using common data, mathematical models, and statistical tests. Information is collected by gathering data from on-site visits (as described above), real estate Multiple Listing Services (MLS), Alberta Land Titles, and financial institutions.
If you would like detailed information in how your valuation was determined, you can call the City’s assessor, Accurate Assessment Group Ltd. at 1-877-438-2305 or you can arrange to meet with them when they are in Chestermere (call 403-207-7050 to book an appointment). If you still disagree with the Assessor’s evaluation after contacting them, you can file an official complaint and appeal. Information about the appeal process is available at www.chestermere.ca/assessment.
-You can look up more information about your property at www.chestermere.ca/webmap. -If you have questions about your specific property evaluation, contact Accurate Assessment Group Ltd. at 1-877-438-2305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. -If you would like more information about the assessment process in Chestermere, visit www.chestermere.ca/assessment or call the City at (403) 207-7050. -If you would like to know more about the provincial regulations and guidelines for the assessment process, click the link below:
Click here to read the signed Road Ban order.
Last Updated: September 1, 2020
Permits may be obtained through Roadata Serivces Ltd. Please contact them by phone at 1-888-444-9288 or visit their website for all inquires about overweight/over-dimensional permits, including TAC permits.
Last Updated: August 18, 2020
Loads that are divisible do not require permits. However, all road bans must still be obeyed.
Current road bans may be found on the Road Weight Restrictions page.
Weight Calculators are provided by Alberta Transportation (scroll to the bottom of the page - under Weight Calculator Section).
*These calculators are based on legal axle weights, not seasonal axle weights.
Alberta Transportation’s Bridge Load Evaluation Manual v. 1.1 has more information. The following is from pages 25-26 in the manual:
"The single unit truck (single-unit vehicle) designation (CS1) applies to:
The semi-trailer truck (two-unit vehicle) designation (CS2) applies to:
The truck train (vehicle train) designation (CS3) applies to:
Information on oversize and overweight permits from Alberta Transportation.
Check Roadata Services Ltd.’s pages on over-dimensional and overweight loads.
Alberta Motor Association provides road report information through their website.
511 Alberta provides province-wide updates about roads in Alberta.
As per Snow Removal Bylaw 018-11, any ice or snow removed from private property cannot be placed on the roadway or boulevard of a street. Please shovel the snow and ice onto your property.
Keeping extra snow off the roads mitigates three common issues:
1. Limits water pooling and ice build up during the freeze/thaw cycle from Chinooks.
2. Helps the storm water system absorb both melting snow and rainfall more efficiently in the spring.
3. Makes street sweeping in the spring easier. Larger piles of snow and ice take longer to melt. They are a safety hazard for crews and can cause damage to street sweeping equipment.
The street sweeping zone map may be viewed on chestermere.ca/sweeping under the ‘Street Sweeping Map’ tab.
Click here for the full sized PDF map.
Last Updated: June 1, 2020
The official start date changes every year depending on the weather.
It typically beings in mid to late April after all the snow/ice has melted and temperatures stay above 0 degrees Celsius.
Additionally, schedules also consider time for equipment maintenance and weather delays (rain and/or snow events).
Chestermere has over 110 kilometres of roadways. For comparison – that is roughly the same distance as driving round trip between Chestermere and Canmore. It takes about 9 weeks to sweep all the roads, curbs, gutters, and medians.
Check the City’s website at chestermere.ca/sweeping and follow the City’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for street sweeping updates.
Last updated: June 1, 2020
Sweepers may visit an area prior to their scheduled dates, often to get a head start on large material (gravel) bulk sweeping.
This is done to remove material from high traffic areas, the middle of the street, along curbs/gutters, and around medians.
Doing so limits traffic interruptions, and increases cost and operational efficiency.
You are not required to move your vehicle unless signage is posted and it is your area’s scheduled week for sweeping.
Street sweeping schedules are reviewed and adjusted as needed. If a zone was last for a couple years, it may get moved ahead in future years.
Chestermere Blvd and the commercial areas are usually completed first as these are our highest traffic and most visible areas. The team often works evenings and weekends to limit traffic interruptions in these areas when they are being completed.
Please continue to put your bins out on their regularly scheduled day.
Roads and Environmental Services teams are coordinating to limit sweeping in your area on collection days.
Find out more about curbside collection at chestermere.ca/recycle.
Street sweepers operate Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM, excluding holidays.
Signage is posted a minimum of 24 hours in advance of crews starting street sweeping.
There are a few things you can do to help sweepers pick up the most materials possible when they are in your area:
Keep in mind, if you do not move your vehicle, the street sweepers will go around your vehicle. During final inspection at the end of the week – any areas not completed due to unmoved vehicles or other obstacles will not swept.
If the vehicle is not moved by the end of the week, you may be ticketed ($75 fine) - as per Bylaw 011-13.
Please keep vehicles and other objects off the street each day during the hours listed above when scheduled.
Check the schedule and more information at chestermere.ca/sweeping.
Communities that are new construction are the responsibility of the developer to maintain.
The street sweeping zone map has areas under developer control labeled.
Factors such as the weather already affect the street sweeping program.
COVID-19 is an additional factor for all of our daily lives, including at Community Operations and the Roads team. Read a letter from the Roads team here.
Staff are taking extra precautions such as:
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we adjust to new requirements during this time.
There are over 110 kilometres of roads in Chestermere. It often takes at least 2 passes in each direction to clean the road, curbs, medians, and gutters properly. For comparison – that is roughly the same distance as driving round trip between Chestermere and Canmore.
Neighborhoods vary in density and size. Where possible, they are broken up in to zones to reflect about one week of time.
Additionally, schedules are also designed to factor in buffer time for weather delays, equipment maintenance, and daily sweeper unloading.
The Tax Installment Payment Program (TIPPs) is an optional plan is available to pay taxes by automatic monthly debit from your bank account. As a TIPP participant, you are not required to make an annual tax payment. Your taxes can be paid in monthly installments on the 15th of each month and adjusted automatically twice a year to reflect any tax changes for the current year.
The City’s tax schedule follows the calendar year. Since the notices are issued in the middle of the year your first 6 months of payments will differ from the last 6 months of payments. The first six months plus the last six months, will equal your tax levy. The credited amount indicated on your notice indicates payments you have made for the months of January to May of the current year.
The lake weeds multiply when they break up, float around, and then establish new colonies. A new plant can start from a tiny piece of an existing one. The most common form of weed in Chestermere Lake is the Northern Milfoil.
The City owns three lake weed harvesters and a barge which normally operate from July 1 – Aug 31 each year. The harvesters cut and remove lake weeds and other debris to ensure that Chestermere Lake remains safe for recreational and boating activities, and reduces clogging of the WID irrigation system. These mechanical devices are the best means to control the weeds as compared to using chemical or hand harvesting alternatives.
The harvester operators follow a set schedule based on the historical prevalence and location of weeds. Although they typically adhere to a regular “route”, picking up where they left off the day before, this route may vary depending on operator discretion. They also focus on floating weed masses caused by boat propellers or that come in from the Canal, and thirdly, on known dense areas of weeds.
The harvesters can only mechanically reach weeds down to a depth of 2 m. This means that the weeds still grow on the lake bottom. As such, this program controls weed growth during the season but does not reduce or prevent them from growing
The lake weeds are hauled by truck to the City’s Public Works Yard. The weeds are deposited, screened of debris, turned regularly for several months, and mixed with other soil to create good compost material. This compost is now available to residents free of charge, and is also used in City parks.
Every summer, the lakefront owners help out by collecting floating weeds and hand harvesting weeds on and around their shoreline. This task involves putting the weeds into recycling bins, to be picked up weekly by CUI. This collaboration ensures that Chestermere Lake continues to be a key recreational amenity for everyone to enjoy.
On average, summers students spend about 2,040 hours in total on the harvesting program. This results in about 150 trailer loads, ultimately being converted into compost material.