Key Components of the New Land Use Bylaw

The new LUB has 24 land use districts and 3 “overlays” to better-respond to today’s development needs (existing LUB has only 21).

Summary

Key changes include:

  • One “Agricultural-General” district (compared to six agricultural districts in the existing LUB). This new district contains differing rules for small (under 4 Ha), medium (4 to 15.9 Ha) and large (16+ Ha) parcels. Larger properties have several development opportunities which smaller properties do not (e.g. veterinary clinic, agri-business).
  • A simplified “Country Estate” residential district (instead of two), and a new “Multi-Family Residential” district (existing LUB has no provision for diverse, market-affordable forms of housing such as semi-detached and townhouses).
  • New districts for “Alternative Jurisdiction” (e.g. C.F.B. Edmonton), “Institutional” (e.g. churches), “Recreational” (e.g. golf course), “Public Open Space” (e.g. County’s municipal reserve), “Environmental Protection” (e.g. land dedicated as “Environmental Reserve”) and “Public Utility” (e.g. municipal sanitary lift station).
  • Five separate “Industrial” districts (instead of three) to support and grow the diversity of this important sector.
  • Two “Reserve” districts to be applied in the future to support the needs of hamlet and industrial park expansion.
  • Three “Overlays” to replace six existing districts (A-NC, A-NC-H, AG-H, IMF-A, IMF-B, and UF), the intent of which is to consider unique land characteristics/hazards without encumbering entire tracks of land like the current LUB does.
  • All existing “site-specific” uses have been accommodated within an appropriate conventional district or “direct control” district 


Regulations

The following is proposed:
  • Specialized sections that regulate parking and landscaping regulations.
  • Updated sign regulations and an introduction of fines.
  • More extensive “general” and “special” land use regulations to ensure land use conflicts are minimized (e.g. storage and lighting requirements for contractor businesses).
  • Development permits are required for all agricultural accessory buildings over 10m² to reduce risks of improper location (e.g. too close to pipelines, property lines, hazardous/low areas).


Land Uses

The following is proposed for land uses:
  • In most cases accessory buildings and uses are now “permitted” (instead of just “discretionary”), saving time and money on applications..
  • Secondary suites on fully-serviced parcels are possible in certain hamlets and country estate communities.
  • Permanent secondary dwellings are possible on “Agricultural-General” parcels 80 acres or larger (currently, only a mobile home is considered on a temporary basis for family care or agricultural purposes).
  • A new discretionary use has been introduced called “Agri-Business”, in recognition of the diversity in the agricultural sector.
  • A wider range of housing types could be possible in certain areas (e.g. duplex, apartment, townhouse) which opens up opportunity for market affordable housing.
  • "Mixed-use development" has been introduced in certain areas (i.e. allows for commercial uses on the ground floor and residential uses above).
  • Home based business “Level 3” (which have potential to generate the most impact to adjacent properties), are now only listed as ”discretionary” where appropriate (the current LUB lists them as “permitted” in certain areas, which was a major concern identified by many residents).
  • Recreational vehicle and equipment storage is no longer a ‘discretionary use’ in the Agricultural-General district (i.e. a successful redistricting application would first be required).