Medicine Hat is built around a river valley and there are several coulees and creeks within the city boundary. There are some slopes that are considered unstable.
Certain land features can indicate problems with slope stability, including tension cracks, localized slumping, slope surface erosion, bank erosion or scour, or shallow or deep seated slope failures. Unstable slopes, as well as slopes that have been repaired, are monitored by City engineering staff on a regular basis.
Know the rules for your lot:
Plan your landscaping:
Be water smart:
Keep an eye on it:
FAQ: DEVELOPMENT SETBACKS NEAR SLOPES
Property tax/assessment questions:
If a slope on City land is deemed to have a likelihood of failure and will cause damage to City infrastructure (trails, roads, structures, etc.) the slope will be identified for repair. After public safety is ensured, an engineering consultant will likely be hired by The City to investigate the cause of the slope failure and to recommend solutions. Then, measures can be taken to repair and/or mitigate the situation.