Planning & Development

Fulfilling your vision for an exceptional Municipality.

The Planning & Development department coordinates and manages orderly land development in the municipality that both protects the interests of the community and complies with the Municipal Government Act of Alberta. This department examines issues of compatibility, environment, health, aesthetics, equity and efficiency in land use planning and development. It helps ensure the ongoing conservation of the region’s natural environment and cultural heritage while heavily promoting healthy, sustainable communities.

In response to the ongoing evolution in settlement patterns, agricultural and industrial practices, community development and technology, the MD remains committed to managing growth in a responsible, effective and economical manner. The MD is also committed to promoting strong and effective public participation in all planning processes.

The planning process ensures quality development, which in turn:

  • Protects your investment
  • Maintains peace among neighbours
  • Fosters community pride
  • Provides land use certainty
  • Guides standards of construction

Planning Documents

Compliance Certificates

Municipal Servicing Standards


Development Permits


Area Structure Plans

Area Structure Plans (ASPs) are documents that have been approved by the MD of Lesser Slave River as bylaws. The MD's Area Structure Plans 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.

Ensuring planned, efficient development

The Land Use Bylaw (LUB)is a key planning document that helps the Municipal District regulate development in a manner that is in alignment with the provisions contained in Alberta’s Municipal Government Act. The LUB regulates the use, conservation and development of land, habitat, buildings, and signs in pursuit of the objectives of the MD’s statutory plans. This includes the division of the MD into land use districts (zones). The overarching purpose of the LUB is to maintain and enhance the quality of life by providing opportunities to attain individual and community aspirations; to conserve and enhance the environmental quality in Lesser Slave River; and to steward planned, efficient, economical and beneficial development that provides a diversity of choice, lifestyle, and environment.

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.

Lesser Slave Lake Region Tri-Council Regional Growth Plan

The goal of the Tri-Council Regional Growth Plan is to better position the region and its communities by fostering regional collaboration and collaborative strategies, which produce balanced, integrated, sustainable and resilient growth.

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

Oil was struck in the Lesser Slave River region in 1964. This discovery attracted numerous entrepreneurs and opportunists to the area, resulting in a population jump and the transformation of Slave Lake to a town in 1965. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River

MD of Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton, Lesser Slave River is a truly unique place to live, work and play. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound. Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

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