Land Use Bylaw

Bylaw 2021-04: Land Use Bylaw (Adopted on April 6, 2021)

To view of List of Bylaw Amendments to Land Use Bylaw 2021-04, please click here

Land Use Bylaw (LUB)

Every municipality in Alberta must pass a Land Use Bylaw (LUB). A LUB is a non-statutory plan under the Municipal Government Act (MGA). The LUB provides a foundation for the Town to achieve the orderly development of lands and for that purpose among other things.

Land Use Bylaw 2021-04 was passed on April 6, 2021. To be informed of the steps taken to review and revise the Land Use Bylaw 2021-04 (years 2019-2021), please click here.

In accordance with Section 640.1 of the Municipal Government Act, a Land Use Bylaw may prohibit or regulate and control the use and development of land and buildings in a municipality.

In accordance with Section 640.2 of the Municipal Government Act, a Land Use Bylaw MUST include the following:
  • Must divide the municipality into districts of the number and area the Council considers appropriate;
  • Must, unless the district is designated as a direct control, include one or more uses of land or buildings that are permitted or discretionary in the district;
  • Must establish a method of making decisions on applications for development permits and issuing development permits for any development;
  • Must provide for how and to whom notice of the issuance of a development permit is to be given;
  • Must establish the number of dwelling units permitted on a parcel of land.
A Land Use Bylaw MAY include the following under Section 640.3 of the Municipal Government Act:
  • Definition of additional land to be considered as adjacent land;
  • Subdivision Design standards;
  • The ground area, floor area, height, size, and location of buildings;
  • The amount of land to be provided around or between buildings;
  • The landscaping of land or buildings;
  • The location, height and maintenance of fences and walls;
  • The establishment of off-street or other parking facilities / loading and unloading facilities;
  • The design, character and appearance of buildings;
  • The location and amount of access to lots from roads and ensuring that there is at least one means of access from each lot to a road;
  • The lighting of land, buildings or other things;
  • The enlargement, alteration, repair, removal of relocation of buildings;
  • The excavation or filling in of land;
  • The development of buildings;
  • The construction, placement, or removal of billboards, signboards, or other advertising devices;
  • The density of population in any district or part of it;
  • The designation of a district as a direct control district;
  • The establishment of any related agreements, forms, fees or procedural matters;
  • Issuing orders under Section 645 of the Municipal Government Act;
  • Establishment of a Development Authority;
  • An application for a development permit or change in land use designation.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the Land Use Bylaw, please contact the Planning Department at 780-645-4481.

Aline Brousseau, Development Officer/Subdivision Officer/Director of Planning & Legislative Services, Ph. 780-645-1766
Jim Laidley, Planning & Legislative Services Officer II, Ph. 780-645-1762
Katelynn Malo, Planning & Legislative Services Clerk (Summer Staff), Ph. 780-645-1758