Leduc County

Planning and Development policies

When making decisions about planning and development, Leduc County considers federal and provincial legislation, environmental and historical impacts and approved municipal policies.

Section 638.2 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) requires all municipalities within Alberta to have a listing of all policies and bylaws not approved under Part 17 of the MGA that influence planning decisions available on their public websites. This includes:

  • A listing of all the municipalities' approved policies which relate to planning and development (Part 17 of the MGA);
  • A summary of these policies, how they relate to each other and to other statutory plans and bylaws; and 
  • Any documents incorporated by reference in any such bylaws.

Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs) / Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs)

An intermunicipal collaboration framework (ICF) is a tool to help facilitate cooperation between neighbouring municipalities to ensure municipal services are provided to residents in an effective and cost-efficient manner. ICFs reinforce existing relationships and formalize a process for municipalities to work together.

Five specific service areas — transportation, water and wastewater, solid waste, emergency services and recreation — must be addressed in an ICF, plus any others that are determined to benefit the municipalities involved. If the municipalities are part of a growth management board, only the service areas not covered by the board need to be addressed in the ICF.

An ICF must include an adopted intermunicipal development plan (IDP), except in the case of municipalities who are both parties in a growth management board’s Growth Plan. Leduc County is a member of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB), which is a growth management board. The EMRB covers all requirements of an ICF, with the exception of recreation service.

An intermunicipal development plan (IDP) is a collaborative land use plan for lands of mutual interest between two or more municipalities. IDPs ensure that desired long-term growth and development occurs in an integrated and coordinated manner. It also provides assurance to residents that live within the Plan area of what future development will entail.

Camrose County/Leduc County IDP (2018) Bylaw 06-18

Camrose County and Leduc County have undertaken an intermunicipal development plan. Both counties recognize that all municipalities are equals and have the right to grow and develop.

Supporting documents:

Camrose County/Leduc County ICF (2018) Bylaw 34-18

County of Wetaskiwin No. 10/Leduc County IDP (2018) Bylaw 05-18

Leduc County and County of Wetaskiwin No. 10 have undertaken an intermuncipal development plan. Both counties recognize that all municipalities are equal and have the right to grow and develop.

Supporting documents:

County of Wetaskiwin No. 10/Leduc County ICF (2018) Bylaw 33-18

City of Leduc/Leduc County IDP (2016) Bylaw 24-16

The City of Leduc – Leduc County Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) has been prepared and adopted by both municipal councils in accordance with Section 631 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA).

Supporting documents:

City of Leduc/Leduc County Joint Sustainable Growth Study (2008)

Adopted by Leduc County council in October 2008, this growth study determines directions for future growth and associated infrastructure for the two municipalities. More specifically, the study addresses a comprehensive area of development influence, local and regional economic trends, population forecasts, existing land inventories and future land requirements, infrastructure considerations, key stakeholders, possible growth scenarios and preferred growth strategies.

Supporting documents:

Town of Devon/Leduc County IDP (2014) Bylaw 20-14

In 2007, the Town of Devon and Leduc County identified a desire to cooperatively develop an Inter-Municipal Development Plan (IDP) that would provide the foundation for the two municipalities to work in partnership for the progressive, planned future land uses along their shared boundaries. The Town and the County determined that the IDP will establish policies that extend to a fifty year horizon to ensure that the long term development in this area proceeds in an orderly and efficient manner.

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Town of Beaumont/Leduc County IDP (1998) Bylaw 33-98

The Town of Beaumont – Leduc County Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) has been prepared and adopted by both municipal councils in accordance with Section 631 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA).

Town of Beaumont/Leduc County Joint Growth Study (2011)

In fall 2009, the Town of Beaumont and Leduc County embarked on a Joint Growth Study to provide direction for comprehensive planning of future growth in the targeted area. 

Supporting documents:

Municipal Development Plan (MDP)

Municipal Development Plan (MDP) Bylaw 08-19

Leduc County is diverse, bringing together prairie landscapes, rural communities, urban areas, and economic growth. This municipal development plan supports growth and prosperity across all regions of the county by identifying and recognizing the county’s unique assets and building upon them. It contains policy approaches to enhance opportunities within rural and urban areas, honouring the unique nature of each.

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Land Use Bylaw (LUB)

Leduc County Land Use Bylaw (LUB) Bylaw 07-08

The Municipal Government Act (MGA) requires all municipalities in Alberta to adopt a Land Use Bylaw. The Land Use Bylaw divides the municipality into districts, or zones, which describe the permitted uses of land. In addition, a decision process must be outlined to issue development permits and the number of dwellings permitted on a parcel of land must be determined.

The Land Use Bylaw may also include regulations concerning subdivision design, building appearance and design, landscaping, the height, size and location of buildings, parking, loading, fences or walls, signs and lighting.

Area Structure Plans (ASPs)

Black Mud Creek Area Structure Plan (2004) Bylaw 33-03

This document clarifies the county’s plans for the development of the land in the east halves of Sections 18 and 19-50-24-4. The plan addresses future land use, future utilities servicing, access and internal circulation, and how the plan is implemented. The objective is to establish a transitional land use area that is compatible with both the adjacent industrial and residential areas.

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Genesee Area Structure Plan (2013) Bylaw 18-13

This document identifies suitable land use that respects the existing community while providing for the accommodation of future rural and resource development. The ASP addresses residential development, protection of agricultural land, river access, recreational needs, multi-modal transportation linkages, resource extraction, economic development and protection of environmentally sensitive areas.

The plan is driven by the need to protect the environment as well as preserve the agricultural land, while integrating resource extraction in a responsible manner. The Genesee ASP is adopted by bylaw, all future redistricting, subdivision and development permit application decisions will be guided in part by the plan.

Supporting documents:

New Sarepta Area Structure Plan (2019) Bylaw 05-19

This ASP was developed in response to the dissolution of the Village of New Sarepta on September 1, 2010, to provide a guiding document for the integration of the newly created Hamlet of New Sarepta into Leduc County. Both the Leduc County Municipal Development Plan and the Edmonton Metropolitan Regional Growth Plan identify New Sarepta as a Growth Hamlet, which is able to accommodate growth with servicing capacity or the ability to tie into servicing. As such, the ASP will provide guidelines for development within the hamlet boundary as well as the surrounding lands. 

The objective of this strategy is to ensure current and future development in the New Sarepta area can be integrated into the regional and local economies. This strategy was developed through numerous public workshops and events.

Supporting documents: 

Nisku Area Structure Plan (1981) Bylaw 1409-79

This document defines, evaluates and plans the area suitable for long-term expansion of the Nisku Business Park.

Nisku West Area Structure Plan (1980) Bylaw 1458-80

This document serves as a framework for the industrial subdivision and development of those portions of the East half if Section 11, the East half of Section 14 and the east half of Section 23, Township 50, Range 25, West of the 4th Meridian, which are located between the existing north and south bounds lanes of Highway 2, in Leduc County. 

North Major Area Structure Plan (2004) Bylaw 14-04 

This document guides community development and land use changes in the plan area.

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Northwest Saunders Lake Area Structure Plan (2016) Bylaw 27-16

This document provides specific direction regarding business development in the area, in a manner consistent with the county’s MDP, as well as the Leduc County/City of Leduc IDP. The plan proposes uses that are compatible with adjacent uses within the county as well as City of Leduc, and which recognize the opportunities identified for the area by the Aerotropolis Viability Study.

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North Pigeon Lake Area Structure Plan (2011) Bylaw 19-10

This document provides a policy framework which allows for orderly and environmentally conscious development that responds to future subdivision and development proposals, and establishes a preliminary servicing concept.

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South of Devon Industrial Area Structure Plan (2015) Bylaw 21-14

The Town of Devon/Leduc County Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) was adopted in 2011. This IDP identified the need for more industrial lands to be located within Leduc County adjacent to Highways 19 and 60. To meet this goal, the county, the Town of Devon  and the rest of the project team lead by MMM Group Limited worked together to develop this ASP.

Supporting documents:

Wizard Lake Area Structure Plan (2010) Bylaw 17-10

This document identifies a vision and a policy framework, which will effectively guide the future development over the next 20 to 25 years to manage growth and land uses around the lake. 

Supporting documents:

North of Kerr Cape, Pigeon Lake Area Structure Plan (2002) Bylaw 14-03

This document provides a framework for orderly development. The key stimulus for the development of this plan was to establish development specifics which are compatible with existing communities and which protect important aspects of the Pigeon Lake ecosystem. This ASP has been prepared by BelMK Engineering on behalf of Gregg Properties Co. Ltd. For the plan area of the portion of the S.W. ¼ Sec 28-47-1-W5M.

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Local Area Structure Plans (LASPs)

Royal Cubera Local Area Structure Plan (2017) Bylaw 14-04

This document describes how approximately 160.88 hectares (397.54 acres) of agricultural land located south of Township Road 512 / 41st Avenue SW (TWP 512 /41st Avenue SW) and east of the Queen Elizabeth II (QE II) Highway in Leduc County will be developed into an efficient and logical business, commercial and light industrial complex. The purpose of this document is to provide a foundation for the development of the LASP lands and to form the basis for an amendment to the North Major Area Structure Plan.

Supporting documents:

East Vistas Local Area Structure Plan (2010) Bylaw 15-09

This document provides an overview of the land use concept and describes the area, services, transportation, and servicing requirements needed to support the development. The plan shows how the development will integrate with the existing and future land uses in the vicinity.

Supporting documents:

QEII Business Park Local Area Structure Plan (2012) Bylaw 23-12

This document provides a framework to guide the future subdivision and development of a site located within the boundaries of the Leduc County North Major Area Structure Plan. The Leduc County Major North Area Structure Plan (ASP) is a broad policy based document that requires the preparation of more detailed plans to consider land use, patterns of development, location of roads and municipal servicing at the local level.

Supporting documents:

WAM Industrial Park Local Area Structure Plan (2016) Bylaw 40-07

This document describes a land use framework and development objectives for industrial development on approximately 317 hectares of land in Leduc County. This LASP is intended to define more specifically the Plan area and pattern of development for industrial uses generally prescribed by the approved Leduc County North Major ASP in terms of land use, pattern of development, location of major roads and utilities, servicing and sequence of development.

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Policies

Subdivision Requirements SD-01

This policy describes the general requirements of subdivision within Leduc County.

Road Right of Way Policy MS-07 (2018)

Leduc County requires road right of way dedication as per the Municipal Government Act Section 661/662 in order to upgrade the transportation network to meet service level objectives.

Rural Road Surfacing Contribution Policy MS-13 (2018)

Leduc County requires developers to provide a contribution towards surfacing (pavement) of county roadways to address the impact of additional traffic from the development.

Other non-statutory plans and documents

Outline Plans

Churchill Meadows Outline Plan (2015)

The Churchill Meadow Outline Plan is prepared in support of a staged residential development within the East Vistas Local Area Structure Plan (EV LASP) in Leduc County. A range of housing forms from single family to multi‐family development will be offered within this eighty acre plan area situated between the City of Beaumont and Nisku Business Park.

Irvine Creek Outline Plan (2017)

The Irvine Creek Outline Plan (Irvine Creek OP) is prepared to support staged single family residential development within the East Vistas Local Area Structure Plan (East Vistas LASP) in Leduc County. The East Vistas area is a prescribed growth area for Leduc County which will  contain urban residential, commercial and town center development that will provide local employment and commercial opportunities to residents. 

Nisku Business Generator Park Outline Plan (2014)

The Nisku Business Generator Park Outline Plan is to establish a land use framework and servicing concept for the Nisku Business Generator Park. The Nisku Business Generator development concept includes manufacturing business incubation with: manufacturing buildings, a general industrial area and support service buildings. 

Royal Oaks Outline Plan (2011)

In response to the demand for residential urban style development that is readily
accessible to Edmonton, the fringe area south of the city and other urban municipalities in
the greater Capital region, the proponent of the Royal Oaks Estates Outline Plan is
proposing to develop their parcel to meet this need. The staged development will provide a
range of residential lot sizes and price points from single family to multifamily sites. There
will also be a commercial remnant to be developed concurrently with the commercial land
to the east.

Royal Woods Outline Plan (2016)

The Royal Woods Outline Plan is prepared in support of staged residential and commercial
development within the East Vistas Local Area Structure Plan (EV LASP) in Leduc County which is situated between the Town of Beaumont and the Nisku Business Industrial Park. The East Vistas area is a prescribed growth area for the County which will contain urban residential, commercial and town center development that will provide local employment and commercial opportunities to residents.

West Ridge Estates Outline Plan (2018)

The West Ridge Estates Outline Plan has been prepared for a multi‐stage, multi‐use development within Leduc County, in the Hamlet of New Sarepta. The Outline Plan has been prepared in order to support a land‐use bylaw amendment for redistricting, and a multi‐parcel subdivision application.

Concept Plans

Hamlet of Looma Community Concept Plan (2013)

This Hamlet of Looma Community Concept Plan has been prepared on behalf of the owners of Part of SE 35-50-23-W4M, in order to provide a detailed framework for the Hamlet of Looma. The intention of the plan is to ensure that the character of the existing community is maintained while allowing for future growth and economic development within the community.

Other strategies and studies

Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan (2000)

The purpose of the Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan is to develop a comprehensive, science-based strategy to coordinate action for the protection and improvement of Pigeon Lake, its shore lands, and its watershed.

Pigeon Lake Wastewater Strategy and Master Plan Study (2007)

The Pigeon lake Regional Wastewater Steering Committee (the Committee) retained Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd. (AE) to complete this feasibility study to review regional wastewater solutions and provide a wastewater strategy and master plan. The study provides an initial planning tool to gain public and stakeholder support of a long-term strategy enabling a coordinated implementation process to begin.

Aerotropolis Viability Study (2015)

The City of Leduc and Leduc County collaborated to form the Leduc Partnership, backing the preparation of the Aerotropolis Viability Study (AVS) which is a comprehensive plan and feasibility study for the development of an Aerotropolis. The AVS assesses the viability of various land-uses and economic industries centered around EIA that would improve the seamless connections between air, ground, and rail, and create new business through economic diversification that rely upon transportation connectivity.

Leduc County Economic Development and Growth Management Strategy (2016)

The economic climate of Leduc County is ever-changing and moves in response to a variety of internal and external forces. As a result, a comprehensive strategy needs to be developed in order to manage the forecast population and economic growth in the region. The county’s position in the wider Edmonton Metropolitan Region, as well as the high volume transportation corridors that run through it, makes the job of planning for growth and economic development especially challenging. A strong regional economy and dramatic population and employment growth created the need for this strategy.

Leduc County 2018-2021 Strategic Plan (2018)

This strategic plan is Leduc County council’s road map for its four-year term. The plan is based on desires and concerns of county residents, as identified through the 2017 municipal election process. Strategic plans define the significant things a municipality will focus on to achieve desired results. Strategic plans enable the best use of limited resources and ensure Leduc County citizens have the best possible services at the most economic cost.

Leduc County Agricultural Strategy (2016)

The Leduc Agricultural Strategy is intended to provide a general strategy for agriculture and land use planning in the County. As such, the Agricultural Strategy is intended as one of the key drivers in shaping the Municipal Development Plan, the primary document where the important land use policy are enshrined. 

Leduc County Environmentally Significant Areas (ESA) Study (2015)

The methods and process used to identify ESAs in Leduc County are similar to those that were used to identify ESAs in the province of Alberta; however, the ESA outputs created in this study are specific to Leduc County. Thus, consideration of the place-based priorities as they relate to the identification of ESAs is critical for creating information that is meaningful and useful to local land users and managers.

Leduc Wildlife Corridor Study (2018)

The City of Leduc and Leduc County evaluated the feasibility of creating a wildlife corridor and trail system between the east Shore of Telford Lake and the west Shore of Saunders Lake. A number of options for pedestrian crossing locations, pedestrian crossing infrastructure, and wildlife crossing infrastructure are identified and examined.

Nisku Wildlife Corridor Report (2019)

The Nisku Wildlife Corridor Report is the culmination of a two phase studio project partnership between the University of Alberta’s School of Urban and Regional Planning and Leduc County.