Statutory Plan Bylaws

Examples of this type of plan include an Area Structure Plan (ASP), a Municipal Development Plan or an Intermunicipal Development Plan.

Using an ASP as an example, after 1st Reading has been provided for the ASP, notices that an application has been submitted for an ASP are sent to adjacent landowners, referral agencies, adjacent municipalities (where applicable) and County departments.

A Statutory Plan must be approved by bylaw and so must follow the bylaw approval process. After the bylaw and supporting documentation is prepared, a Public Hearing is scheduled for Council to hear comments from the notices and circulations.

The Public Hearing must be advertised in the newspaper for 2 consecutive weeks prior to the meeting. It will also be advertised on the County website.

Public Hearings are open to the public. They are usually held at the first Council meeting of the month at 11:30 am. Once the Hearing is concluded, a motion may be made to provide 2nd Reading for the bylaw amendment. If approved, it moves on; if defeated, it’s done. Or, Council may request more information about the bylaw, so that it will be reviewed again at the next Council meeting.

The ASP bylaw may also be given 3rd Reading at the same meeting. Conversely, Council may request more information or an amendment, whereby the document will be reviewed for 3rd Reading at the next Council meeting.

Once the Area Structure Plan bylaw has been given 3rd Reading, it becomes a current bylaw. Any changes to the ASP must be done through the Bylaw Amendment process.
Notice that a decision has been reached about a Statutory Plan is sent only to the applicant and the adjacent municipality, if applicable.

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