Gateway Gazette

Enforcement order issued for unauthorized structures and property on Crown lands

The Alberta government has ordered Clint Rombs and the Dunvegan River Rat Society to remove unauthorized structures from an island in the Peace River.

Incident details

  • In March 2014, a public notice was affixed to unauthorized structures and property on an island in the Peace River requiring their removal within 60 days.
  • On May 6, 2014, Clint Rombs claimed ownership of the unauthorized structures and property on behalf of the Dunvegan River Rat Society.
  • Rombs and the Dunvegan River Rat Society requested and received several extensions to comply with the public notice, allowing them time to submit an application for a recreational lease disposition for the Crown Lands located on the island. To date, no application has been received.
  • The unauthorized structures and property are still present on Crown lands.

Terms of the Enforcement Order

Under the terms of the order, Rombs and the Dunvegan River Rat Society must:

  • Remove all unauthorized structures and property belonging to or associated with them;
  • Remove all waste and debris associated with unauthorized use and occupation of Crown lands and;
  • Notify the Compliance Manager within 15 days of completion of the work.

Enforcement orders ensure that immediate action is taken to remedy a situation where there is an unauthorized use of public lands. They are one of many tools – including education and prevention – used by the Alberta government to ensure all Albertans can continue to enjoy a safe and healthy environment.

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