Help the MD Draft its Land Use Bylaw

The MD is in the process of a full review and update of its current Land Use Bylaw. As a fundamental part of this process, the MD encourages community members — namely, residents and business owners/operators — to participate in the dialogue, share their insights, and guide the drafting of this guiding document.

The Land Use Bylaw controls development by dividing Lesser Slave River into land use districts. It is an essential piece of legislation that helps the MD determine the uses of land and buildings, and that establishes a system for issuing development permits. The Land Use Bylaw rewrite is one of the many ways the MD is working hard to make the Lesser Slave River Region an even greater place to live, work, and play.

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About the Project

The Land Use Bylaw is a municipal planning tool used by the MD to regulate all land uses and buildings within the municipality. It is one of the MD’s tool to implement the goals, objectives and policies of other MD documents, such as the Municipal Development Plan, which sets the long-term framework for growth and development. The Land Use Bylaw works by dividing the municipality into zones to direct where residential, commercial, industrial and institutional uses may be located as well as the standards associated with their development.

Ultimately, the Land Use Bylaw is the “rule book” for managing the potential impacts created by land uses and development, giving those who live, work and enjoy the MD a realistic perspective of the types and forms of developments that are to occur in the future.

The existing Land Use Bylaw was adopted in 2004, and has been amended 54 times. The MD is evolving, and some of the regulations in the existing Land Use Bylaw don’t align with current ideals and aren’t flexible/malleable enough to embrace future change. The purpose of the review and rewrite is to make sure that the rules and regulations are reasonable, effective, and reflect the current context of the MD, as well as guiding future development in a way that fits the vision for the community.

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