Planning & Development

The County of Newell's Planning and Development Department manages land and development related matters including Development Permits, Construction Permits, Subdivisions, Land Use Amendments, and Road Closures. The department is also responsible for planning the future growth and use of land in the County through the management of the local statutory framework. We are committed to responsible planning and sustainable development to ensure the continued growth of the region. Learn more by visiting the County of Newell Public Web Map.

Land use planning in Alberta is subject to plans at both the provincial and municipal levels of government. In addition, with the implementation of the provincial Land-Use Framework and the Alberta Land Stewardship Act, a regional vision is put in place with the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP). At the local level, growth and development are guided by the Municipal Development Plan (MDP), among other plans that make up the statutory framework. While day-to-day development decisions are regulated by the Land Use Bylaw (LUB).

In the pipeline of projects for the department are the adoption of new or updated Area Structure Plans for each Growth Hamlet (Lake Newell Resort, Rolling Hills, Scandia, Tilley). The adoption of a Transportation Master Plan is another project that the department aims to undertake.

The hierarchy of plans that affect development in the County are outlined below.

Province of Alberta

Intermunicipal Plans

Local Plans

Area Structure Plans

Land Use Bylaw


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