It’s about time the city updated and tidied up its bylaws.
© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Executive committee members talk about the proposed changes to the procedure bylaw at the May 12, 2014 meeting.
At Monday’s regular meeting of the executive committee, a proposed new property maintenance and nuisance bylaw was discussed.
At its heart, the document is an amalgamation of several existing property control bylaws governing the maintenance of structures, cleanliness and other requirements placed in the laps of Friendly City property owners.
It will govern things like excessive overgrowth of weeds, the presence of junk vehicles and other unsightly elements, and the general condition of buildings on Moose Jaw property.
The goal, according to a document prepared for the executive committee by the city clerk/solicitor’s department, “is to encourage an attractive, tidy and safe community.”
It will also encourage attractive, tidy and safe community governance by streamlining policy, putting all of it in a single document and reducing red tape — all of those objectives being instrumental in what should be the primary goal of any administration: clarity.
The provincial government releases annual reports touting its reduction in red tape; when the city’s ongoing exercise to clean up its bylaws — several of which are quite dated — is complete, it will be an equally notable achievement.
Individuals can’t abide by a city’s policies and regulations unless they understand them.
This endeavour to clean up the city’s bylaws will help make them more accessible, and in the notoriously inaccessible world of civic policy, that will be a laudable achievement.
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