Do you ever wonder how land moves from being a bare quarter to having houses on it?
The processes of planning deal with the creation of new communities by identifying what uses are best suited within certain areas of the Town. Planning looks not only at applications received on lands within Town but deals with the connection and coordination of parks and pathways, transportation and engineering in relation to these applications. Ultimately the Planner looks at what is being proposed in relation to the documents adopted by the Town, and how the proposal would fit in the overall community.
What rules and regulations is the Town required to follow for land development?
All powers (including planning powers) given to Municipalities are outlined within the Municipal Government Act. These regulations outline what is required within statutory plans and the process for approval on these documents. Statutory Plans are plans such as Municipal Development Plans, Area Structure Plans, Area Redevelopment Plans, Intermunicipal Development Plans and the Land Use Bylaw which are adopted by 3 readings of a bylaw by Council and require a advertisement or mail out of a public hearing before second reading.
What Statutory Documents and Processes Currently Exist for the Town to Compare to?
Municipal Development Plan (MDP)- This is the broadest level policies which apply to the Town. They set the vision and direction for all applications received. The MDP is currently under review with public consultation and information coming forward once the Annexation is complete
Area Structure Plans (ASP’s)- ASP’s are the highest level plan for a community. An ASP outlines a high level concept of the plan for the community showing the locations of the uses, servicing, and transportation.
Amendment to the Land Use Bylaw (Rezoning)-An application for rezoning is an application to change the use of the land as shown the Land Use Bylaw map to another zoning.
**Please note- Concept Plans are not statutory documents therefore there is no requirement for a public hearing on these applications. Mail outs and website information are often the only form of a request for comments on these applications. **
How can Landowners Get Involved in the Town’s Planning Process?
Watch the Strathmore Standard- Public Hearing and Open House information is posted on or around the Town page
Visit the Website-Information related to planning matters will be posted on the website under the current applications section
Attend Town or Developer Open Houses-These are held to inform the public of planning processes which are underway. These advertisements are generally run in the Strathmore Standard with Town Planning Open Houses also being advertised on the website
Call or Email the Town Office- The Town Office will be able to advise you what applications and processes are ongoing.
For inquiries please contact Brad Bevill, Planner at 403-934-3133