Sturgeon County's Proposed Land Use Bylaw

Land Use Bylaw Update: May 8, 2016

After the public hearing on March 28, 2017, Sturgeon County staff have been analyzing the input received and compiling feedback to Council.

This feedback has been categorized as either "Clerical," "Technical," or "Public Input Received." Although the “Clerical” and “Technical” changes have no/minimal impact on regulation, some of the “Public Input Received” propose substantive changes and will have direct impact on regulation, such as:

  • removing requirements to obtain development permits for Agricultural Accessory Buildings (input supported by Council Motion 136/17);
  • removing all mention of the term ‘Agri-Business’ and its associated regulations (input supported through Council Motion 136/17), and
  • considering the addition of secondary suites in all residential districts as a discretionary use. 

What's Next? 

Council have directed staff to prepare a “Directional Report” which summarizes all verbal/written input received during the Feb. 28th to March 28th public hearing phase, along with staff analysis and recommendations for Council’s consideration. Council will be previewing this report during the Committee of the Whole meeting on May 9th (see Agenda Item B.1).

On May 23rd, Council will be asked to make decisions on various staff recommendations found within the Directional Report. Once any changes have been incorporated, Council will be asked to make a decision with respect to adopting the final version of the proposed Land Use Bylaw prior to summer break.


Land Use Bylaw Public Hearing: March 28, 2017

180 residents attended the Proposed LUB Public Hearing on March 28, 2017 at the Morinville Cultural Centre.

The Public Hearing was officially opened on Feb. 28, 2017 and remained open until Tuesday, Mar. 28th 2017 at 1:30 p.m. where Council received verbal presentations from several landowners.

Council brought forth the following motions after the public hearing closed:

  1. That the proposed Land Use Bylaw 1385/17 be amended so that the requirement for Building Permits on Agricultural Accessory Buildings and Section 6.2 (Agri-Business) be removed from the Land Use Bylaw and that further work affecting Agricultural Industries, be suspended until such time that Sturgeon County develops in full consultation with residents and stakeholders, an Agricultural Master Plan or other such visioning document.
  2. That Council direct Administration to draft a Directional Report which provides a full analysis of all public input received during the public hearing with the purpose of providing alternatives and recommendations to be provided to Council.
  3. That Council direct Administration to provide an implementation plan for the proposed Land Use Bylaw 1385/17.
  4. That Council direct Administration to bring back alternatives in the following areas of Land Use Bylaw 1385/17:
    1. Making secondary suites an alternative on all parcels; and
    2. Storage of recreational vehicles on agricultural parcels, residential parcels and Recreational Vehicle Storage Facilities.

For answers to frequently asked questions, please see

Land Use Bylaw Background Information

For a summary of the changes, please see Key Components of the Proposed Land Use Bylaw.


Proposed Land Use Bylaw Map


Land Use Bylaw Public Engagement

April 2015: Stakeholder survey (24 responses) and resident online surveys (215 responses).

Spring 2015: Public Open Houses (4)

  • May 13, 2015: Cardiff Hall from 2-8 p.m. 28 people registered with about 60 residents in attendance.
  • May 14, 2015: Gibbons from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 18 participants registered.
  • May 20, 2015: Sturgeon Valley Hunters Green Golf Course Club House from 2-8:30 p.m. 20 registered participants, with about 40 attending.
  • May 21, 2015: Riviere Qui Barre School Gym 6:30-8:30 p.m. 42 registered, more than 100 attending.

173 LUB Comment Booklets were completed by Public Open House participants.

Other public engagement meetings:

  • February 2016: Presentation, Q&A with Economic Development Advisory Board.
  • April 20, 2016: Information booth at County Centre Community Meeting
  • August 5, 2016: Information booth at Culinary Cookout
  • October 19, 2016: Information booth at Calahoo Hall Community Meeting
  • November 2, 2016: Information booth at Namao Hall Community Meeting
  • November 10, 2016: Stakeholder Information Sessions for the Draft Land Use Bylaw (16 attendees)
  • November 28, 2016: Public Input to Draft LUB (60 attendees)
  • January 2017: Municipal Planner Information Session for Draft LUB (St. Albert, Morinville, Fort Saskatchewan and Edmonton attended)

Other ways we got word out to the public:

  • County webpage
  • County Twitter (tweets started  Nov. 1, 2016)
  • Newspaper ads
  • Utility bill mailouts (June & October 2016)
  • Road signs
  • Signs and handouts at County Centre and other public County buildings