Changes to Armstrong’s burning regulations have been left to smoulder.
On Monday, council tabled final adoption of the revised fire prevention bylaw, including for backyard campfires.
“We have had letters in the past two months and there were two delegations Monday,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.
Residential open burning has not been permitted for years, but the proposed bylaw attempted to clarify the wording as some residents had continued to have campfires despite the rules.
Specifically, the rules indicated that the burning of wood is not allowed.
But the revised regulation sparked some push back among residents.
“There are some things in the bylaw that aren’t very inclusive,” said Pieper.
“People want to enjoy a fire in their backyard. We need to figure out how it can be done within the law while also being respectful of neighbours.”
It’s anticipated that the issue could come before council in September for further consideration.
“We will keep the general public informed as we go along,” said Pieper.