Land Use Bylaw
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.
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.
- 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
Christine Warkentin, Planning & Legislative Services Officer I, Ph. 780-645-1758