City seeks feedback on proposed good neighbour bylaw

A good neighbour bylaw proposed by the city of Williams Lake will deal with street nuisances, noise control, property maintenance and vacant buildings.

While most of the bylaw will contain existing regulations, there are some changes proposed, the city said.

For example, under property maintenance, new regulations would require residents to ensure no more than one unlicensed vehicle and no more than one recreation vehicle are on a property. It would require sidewalks cleared of snow within 24 hours of a snow event, and that properties be clear of flyers and other debris.

When it comes to street nuisances, new regulations on panhandling, loud unruly noise and fighting or loitering on city streets would give the RCMP additional tools, rather than having to devote time and resources to the court process.

“I encourage everyone to learn about the proposed changes in the bylaw, and to have your voices heard,”  Mayor Kerry Cook noted in a press release inviting the public to participate in an open house on the proposed bylaw taking place Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at city hall.

At the open house staff will be on hand to explain the bylaw and the proposed changes.

More information is available from the city's website, or by calling 250-392-1765. Comments are also welcome via e-mail at, or in writing to the city.


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