Planning & Development

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Planning Structure in Alberta

Municipal Government Act – the law under which all Alberta Municipalities are empowered to shape their communities. Part 17 regulates Planning and Development.

Alberta Land Use Stewardship Act – provides direction on leadership in identifying current and future land-use objectives of the Province, including economic, environmental, and social objectives, while respecting property rights.

South Saskatchewan Regional Plan – a long term plan that identifies strategic directions for the region over the next 10 years.

Intermunicipal Development Plans – a statutory land use plan prepared by two municipalities that share a common border.  An IDP is a broad-based policy document that is designed to ensure that development takes place in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner without unnecessary costs and negative impacts on either municipality.

Municipal Development Plan – a long-range planning tool that communicates the desired land use for a community. The MDP shows how a community is expected to change over time and the shape it will take in the future.

Area Structure Plans - describes the proposed land uses in a specific area and the sequence of development.  It shows the future land uses, population density and the general location of transportation and public utilities.

Land Use Bylaw - divides the municipality into districts and prescribes and regulates the uses for each district.  It is the means by which the County can implement the MDP and other statutory plans.


Subdivision Approval Process

Development Approval Process