Land Use Bylaw ReDesign

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Project Overview

As part of a regular and ongoing process, Parkland County is updating the County’s Land Use Bylaw (LUB) in an effort to streamline regulations and create clear and transparent decision-making processes for development in the county. The County’s LUB was last updated in 2017, with a previous update in 2009 and minor changes completed every few years. Now that the former Village of Wabamun is part of the County, it is desirable to ensure consistency throughout the County and integrate Wabamun into the LUB.

This project is a county-led initiative with a project team of County staff who have been working alongside community members for years on development permits ranging from building houses on family farms to building new warehouses in the Acheson Industrial Area. The LUB ReDesign will take into consideration the wide variety of current and potential uses by County businesses and County residents.



How to get involved

Thank you to everyone who attended the November Information Fairs! We look forward to sharing what we heard soon.

To get notifications about the project, subscribe using the "Stay Informed" box (right side of the page). For any questions about the project, email BuildingParkland@parklandcounty.com



What is a Land Use Bylaw?

The Land Use Bylaw regulates development within Parkland County with a goal of ensuring that neighboring land uses are compatible. The LUB is an important tool that the municipality has to ensure that local development aligns with the County’s vision. Land use regulations can help preserve prime agricultural lands, protect environmentally sensitive areas, support diverse economic growth and help families age in place within their community.


To learn more, check out the video below!






Municipal Development Plan and the Land Use Bylaw - Working Together

The province requires every municipality in Alberta to have both a Municipal Development Plan and a Land Use Bylaw. These requirements are laid out in the Municipal Government Act. The graphic below illustrates the hierarchy of plans and how they inform and interact with one another.

Municipal Development Plan

Parkland County’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is a high-level plan that establishes a vision and guides growth for the County over the next 30 years. To help foster effective and efficient growth within the County an MDP amendment is being completed with input from the public and stakeholders playing a key role through the entire process. The public will have multiple opportunities to engage with the work being completed. More information regarding engagement opportunities and overall project timelines will be available to the public shortly.


Land Use Bylaw

The Land Use Bylaw is an important tool that the municipality has to implement the vision, goals, and policies of the Municipal Development Plan. Regulations in the Land Use Bylaw are informed by Parkland County's MDP, Area Structure Plans, and Area Redevelopment Plans.


Working Together

Over the next two years, the LUB ReDesign will move forward alongside the MDP Amendment Project. The LUB ReDesign project team will conduct engagement in collaboration with the MDP project team to ensure that, as the projects work in tandem, the resulting policies and land use regulations and informed, shaped by, and aligned with on another.


Stay tuned for updates on the Municipal Development Plan Amendment on the Parkland County website. For any questions or comments related to both the MDP Amendment Project or the LUB ReDesign, you can email buildingparkland@parklandcounty.com.

Project Overview

As part of a regular and ongoing process, Parkland County is updating the County’s Land Use Bylaw (LUB) in an effort to streamline regulations and create clear and transparent decision-making processes for development in the county. The County’s LUB was last updated in 2017, with a previous update in 2009 and minor changes completed every few years. Now that the former Village of Wabamun is part of the County, it is desirable to ensure consistency throughout the County and integrate Wabamun into the LUB.

This project is a county-led initiative with a project team of County staff who have been working alongside community members for years on development permits ranging from building houses on family farms to building new warehouses in the Acheson Industrial Area. The LUB ReDesign will take into consideration the wide variety of current and potential uses by County businesses and County residents.



How to get involved

Thank you to everyone who attended the November Information Fairs! We look forward to sharing what we heard soon.

To get notifications about the project, subscribe using the "Stay Informed" box (right side of the page). For any questions about the project, email BuildingParkland@parklandcounty.com



What is a Land Use Bylaw?

The Land Use Bylaw regulates development within Parkland County with a goal of ensuring that neighboring land uses are compatible. The LUB is an important tool that the municipality has to ensure that local development aligns with the County’s vision. Land use regulations can help preserve prime agricultural lands, protect environmentally sensitive areas, support diverse economic growth and help families age in place within their community.


To learn more, check out the video below!






Municipal Development Plan and the Land Use Bylaw - Working Together

The province requires every municipality in Alberta to have both a Municipal Development Plan and a Land Use Bylaw. These requirements are laid out in the Municipal Government Act. The graphic below illustrates the hierarchy of plans and how they inform and interact with one another.

Municipal Development Plan

Parkland County’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is a high-level plan that establishes a vision and guides growth for the County over the next 30 years. To help foster effective and efficient growth within the County an MDP amendment is being completed with input from the public and stakeholders playing a key role through the entire process. The public will have multiple opportunities to engage with the work being completed. More information regarding engagement opportunities and overall project timelines will be available to the public shortly.


Land Use Bylaw

The Land Use Bylaw is an important tool that the municipality has to implement the vision, goals, and policies of the Municipal Development Plan. Regulations in the Land Use Bylaw are informed by Parkland County's MDP, Area Structure Plans, and Area Redevelopment Plans.


Working Together

Over the next two years, the LUB ReDesign will move forward alongside the MDP Amendment Project. The LUB ReDesign project team will conduct engagement in collaboration with the MDP project team to ensure that, as the projects work in tandem, the resulting policies and land use regulations and informed, shaped by, and aligned with on another.


Stay tuned for updates on the Municipal Development Plan Amendment on the Parkland County website. For any questions or comments related to both the MDP Amendment Project or the LUB ReDesign, you can email buildingparkland@parklandcounty.com.

Page last updated: 20 Dec 2023, 04:04 PM