During the Regular Council Meeting of May 13, 2024, Salisbury Town Council held first and second reading of four municipal By-laws as part of the ongoing steps to update former Village of Salisbury By-laws and to integrate the new municipal boundaries, where/when applicable.

The majority of the by-laws presented reflect existing Provincial legislation that is already in effect, including in former Local Service Districts (LSDs). Proceeding with these By-law reviews is a process to update former Village By-laws and reflect the new municipal boundaries, without placing unnecessary regulations and/or restrictions on former LSDs.  Residents are encouraged to consult the By-laws in full, AND, read the summary and Provincial legislation to gain a better appreciation that these By-laws will have limited material change for residents beyond what is currently in place and/or standard practice.

Feedback on the By-laws as presented must be sent, IN WRITING, to the Town Clerk at clerk@salisburynb.ca by May 30, 2024 to be presented to Council prior to having third and final reading of the By-laws. Feedback can also be provided in-writing in person at the Town Office, 56 Douglas Street, during regular business hours.

SUMMARY OF BY-LAW NO. 9 - Dangerous and Unsightly Premises and Properties:

This By-law will assume enforcement responsibilities for Dangerous and Unsightly Premises and Property, as defined in the Local Governance Act.

Pursuant to the provincial legislation, the Town is required to adopt the same provisions of the legislation if they assume enforcement responsibility of this section of the Act. The Local Governance Act can be read online here, with the specific sections being adopted in the form of this By-law being in Section 13 of the Act.

The By-law in full can be read online here or is available for viewing during regular business hours at the Town Office (56 Douglas Street, Salisbury NB). Comments related to the proposed By-law must be provided in writing to the Clerk of the Town of Salisbury no later than May 30, 2024. Feedback can also be provided in-writing in person at the Town Office, 56 Douglas Street, during business hours.

What changes for me with this By-law? Nothing! These regulations exist currently in the Local Governance Act, but are enforced by the Province. This By-law, if passed, will have the Town assume responsibility in an attempt to better serve residents for the complaints that are received related to dangerous and unsightly premises and property.

SUMMARY OF BY-LAW NO. 10 - Animal Control:

This By-law will standardize Animal Control services in the new Town of Salisbury boundaries and repeals/replaces the former Village of Salisbury Animal Control By-law. The following provides a non-exhaustive summary of the By-law being proposed by Salisbury Town Council:

  • In former LSDs, Animal Control requirements (including both requiring dog tags and vaccinations) exist in Regulation under the Local Governance Act (the regulation related to dog control can be read here). This By-law will ensure consistency within the full Town and will administer and regulate the By-law internally as opposed to having the Town regulate a portion of the Town and the Province regulate another portion of the Town;
  • Changes are made to reflect that services for animal control may be provided by outside agencies (e.g.: as they are now through contract, with the NBSPCA) or by the Town of Salisbury, in addition to the changes to general provisions/clauses that will enable the Town to enforce some provisions with in-house enforcement personnel;
  • The clause prohibiting the ownership/harbouring of pitbulls/bull terriers has been removed in the proposed By-law and would no longer be in effect;
  • Addition of Administrative Penalties in alignment with the updated provisions of the By-law.

The By-law in full can be read online here or is available for viewing during regular business hours at the Town Office (56 Douglas Street, Salisbury NB). Comments related to the proposed By-law must be provided in writing to the Clerk of the Town of Salisbury no later than May 30, 2024. Feedback can also be provided in-writing in person at the Town Office, 56 Douglas Street, during business hours.

 

What changes for me with this By-law? If you live in what was a former LSD, Dog Control would be regulated through this proposed By-law INSTEAD of the provincial Dog Control Regulation, which is already in place. The primary addition in this By-law is related to a municipal process when a Dog is deemed dangerous after an alleged bite, in-lieu of requiring the proceedings to go straight to Court. If you live in the former Village of Salisbury, the proposed By-law reflects mostly the same content as the previous By-law, with administrative and process updates (including the updated process for Dangerous Dog appeals and removal of references that are regulated in provincial legislation (such as kennel licenses), etc.). The primary update in the proposed By-law compared to the former Village By-law is the removal of the clause that prohibits the harbouring of pitbulls and bull terriers.

SUMMARY OF BY-LAW NO. 11 - Fire Prevention:

This By-law will standardize Fire Prevention in the new Town of Salisbury boundaries and repeals/replaces the former Village of Salisbury Fire Prevention By-law. The following provides a non-exhaustive summary of the By-law being proposed by Salisbury Town Council:

  • Bonfires remain permitted in the former Village with no changes to the requirements in the former By-law. Appliances (homemade or purchased) are required in areas zoned Residential (this includes the former Village and certain areas in the LSDs, namely certain subdivisions that have properties in close proximity).
  • For areas not zoned in Residential (most of former LSDs), no changes take place and DNR’s fire categories must still be followed with permits as may be required by DNR. There are no new municipal requirements other than continuing to require DNR’s requirements to be followed.
  • Fireworks are not permitted without a permit for public display in areas zoned residential. They remain permitted in all other areas, being most portions of former LSDs, insofar as they do not cause a nuisance to neighbouring properties.
  • A section of the By-law regulating the Fire Department has been included in this By-law.
  • Administrative Penalties have been added pursuant to the different clauses of the By-law.

The By-law in full can be read online here or is available for viewing during regular business hours at the Town Office (56 Douglas Street, Salisbury NB). Comments related to the proposed By-law must be provided in writing to the Clerk of the Town of Salisbury no later than May 30, 2024.  Feedback can also be provided in-writing in person at the Town Office, 56 Douglas Street, during business hours.

As noted above, this By-law follows existing zoning regulations in place to determine what requirements may apply to you in an attempt to recognize that density and proximity of properties is a more logical solution to regulate firepit requirements than an approach of regulating based on former Village versus former LSD boundaries. Residents can consult their zoning online using Plan360’s Zoning Map: https://plan360.ca/area/salisbury.

SUMMARY OF BY-LAW NO. 12 - Administrative Penalties:

This By-law will authorize, pursuant to the requirement of Section 156 of the Local Governance Act, the collection of Administrative Penalties (or fines) for contraventions of By-laws.

Administrative Penalties are specified in each By-law that has such penalties. Administrative Penalties are fines payable to the Municipality, without requiring formal court proceedings. This By-law stipulates that penalties are provided in each By-law, but provides the penalty in the event that an offence is not specified in each By-law.

The By-law in full can be read online here or is available for viewing during regular business hours at the Town Office (56 Douglas Street, Salisbury NB). Comments related to the proposed By-law must be provided in writing to the Clerk of the Town of Salisbury no later than May 30, 2024. Feedback can also be provided in-writing in person at the Town Office, 56 Douglas Street, during business hours.

What changes for me with this By-law? Nothing that will present a material/noticeable difference! This By-law is an administrative/legal formality that enables the Town to implement Administrative Penalties, or fines, without the requirement of Court Proceedings under the Provincial Offences and Procedures Act.