Planning & Development

Amendment Process

Land Use Bylaw amendments (redistrictings) are usually initiated by an applicant or landowner by submitting an application to amend the current land use designation. Prior to submitting an application, the applicant or landowner is encouraged to discuss the requirements of the application with Planning and Development staff. Once the Land Use Bylaw amendment (redistricting) application is received, Planning and Development staff will draft the proposed bylaw amendment.

Depending on the complexity of the redistricting application or potential impact on the community, the applicant may be required to conduct an open house. The need to conduct an open house is at the discretion of Planning and Development staff, but may be also be required by Council.

Planning and Development staff circulate the redistricting application for information and comment to other Leduc County departments, external agencies (local, provincial or federal) and the registered owners of all adjacent land. A public hearing is scheduled, and the Notice of the Public Hearing is advertised in the Pipestone Flyer for two consecutive weeks prior to the scheduled hearing date.

Planning and Development staff consider input from other Leduc County County departments, external agencies and adjacent landowners; reviews the application against relevant planning documents (i.e. Land Use Bylaw, Municipal Development Plan, Area Structure Plan, Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan; conducts a site inspection (if site specific); and identifies issues. A report is prepared and brought forward to Leduc County Council recommending support or non-support of the application.

The public hearing is held by Leduc County Council. Any person, group or persons representing a person or group who claims to be affected by the proposed bylaw and who has complied with the procedures outlined by Council, is permitted to present their case. Council may also agree to hear any other person who wishes to make representations. Council may do one of the following:

  • Ask for additional information
  • Approve proceeding with the amendment as presented
  • Approve proceeding with the amendment with modifications
  • Refuse the proposed bylaw amendment
In order for a bylaw amendment to be approved, it must be given three readings by Council.

The bylaw amendment process is governed by the Municipal Government Act. The Municipal Government Act sets out the requirements for advertising the proposed amendment, notification of the public hearing, procedure for the public hearing, who is to be heard and the issuance of the decision.

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