Land use planning is focused on overall community development and the coordination of private development on private property to contribute to the broader economic, social, cultural and environmental goals of the MD.
Land Use Planning in Alberta must follow plans at both the provincial and municipal level of government. With the implementation of the Provincial Land Use Framework and the Alberta Land Stewardship Act, some planning decisions will be made at the regional level as well. Land use may also be subject to other federal and provincial regulations.
The planning document diagram to the left outlines the order in which land use planning decisions flow through the various phases.
The subdivision and development authority is bound by the hierarchy of statutory plans when reviewing an applications for subdivision or development.
Provincial Land Use Framework
The Land-use Framework (LUF) sets out an approach to managing our province's land and natural resources to achieve Alberta's long-term economic, environmental and social goals. The LUF establishes seven new land-use regions and calls for the development of a regional plan for each.
Upper Athabasca Regional Plan (Pending)
Until the Upper Athabasca Regional Plan is completed, the Land Use Policies document will guide local statutory plans and Land Use Bylaw.
Intermunicipal Development Plans
IDPs are statutory land use plans prepared in accordance with the Municipal Government Act (MGA) by two (or more) municipalities that share a common border. Each IDP addresses land uses that occur in proximity to two different municipalities and sets forth criteria for how future growth and disputes should be managed.
Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework
An Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) provides a framework for collaborative ventures between adjacent municipalities and provides a forum to work together. The primary goal of ICFs is ensuring neighbouring municipalities work together regarding service delivery and cost-sharing.
Municipal Development Plan
The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is a high-level plan that establishes the vision for the future for the Municipal District. It is the goal of this MDP to protect and develop communities within the MD in accordance with the communities’ vision while providing the necessary opportunities for maximizing the economic use of the MD’s resource land base, and providing for industrial and economic diversification within the overall context of well-planned growth, change and development.
Area Structure Plans
Area Structure Plans (ASPs) are documents that have been approved by the MD of Lesser Slave River as bylaws. The MD'sASPs provide a framework that articulates proposed land uses; population densities; sequence of development; general location of major roadways; public utilities in the area; and any additional requirements that Council may require. An ASP is the first step in obtaining planning approval for a new community. MD staff work with stakeholders like community residents, landowners and developers to create these long-range documents
Current MD Area Structure Plans for the MD of Lesser Slave River are available for viewing and download below in PDF format. For further information and assistance with ASPs, please contact the Planning & Development department.
Land Use Bylaw
The current Land Use Bylaw became effective September 22, 2004. The Land Use Bylaw sets out the rules for what kind of building or activity can take place on private property and it outlines the process for issuing Development Permits that gives approval for that new building or activity.
Engineering Documents (Municipal Servicing Standards
The intent of the Municipal Servicing Standards Manual is to provide an information guide to set standards governing design, preparation and submission of plans and specifications for construction of municipal improvements in the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River No. 124.
Municipal policies provide guidance for Lesser Slave River Council and staff during the handling of local matters and procedures. In this spirit, all relevant policies that guide MD Planning & Developmenbt protocols are linked below.
Bylaws are created to address the issues and concerns of the residents, as well as to protect the environment, public health and public safety in the Municipality. MD bylaws relevant to Planning & Development are linked below.