WHEREAS a landowner or agent is not required to reveal when a property is located within a flood plain prior to sale of said property;
WHEREAS the new owner usually becomes aware of this fact during flood conditions;
WHEREAS in a number of cases damages can be severe and expensive to remediate;
WHEREAS the landowners look to all heads of government to compensate them for their losses;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) request the Province of Alberta pass legislation allowing for the registration of a notification on title advising that a particular property is located within a 1:100 year flood plain as defined by Alberta Environment.
During recent floods, there have been a number of instances where people were caught totally off guard by flood waters. At no time during the purchase of their property had anyone mentioned to them that they were in a flood plain even though the previous owner had been flooded. It can be argued that it is buyer beware and people should check before they purchase, but it would also be reasonable that when the flood plain studies have been done or people have received flood relief payments that some notification be placed on title giving people a heads-up.
The AAMDC has no active resolutions pertaining to this issue.