While planning for your development, subdivision, or redesignation projects, you may wish or need to refer to some existing documents. As well, depending on the size or complexity of your project, you may need to develop some of the below documents.
Regional Growth Management Strategy
The Regional Growth Management Strategy (RGMS) is similar to the MDP, but looks forward to 40 years. The RGMS explores growth, infrastructure, municipal services, economic, and environmental impacts. It examines where and how the County should grow; how growth will effect the natural environment; and what impact growth will have on infrastructure. Using this information, this document outlines how decisions regarding planning and development within Wheatland County will be made. Take a look at the RGMS here.
Intermunicipal Development Plans
Intermunicipal Depevlopment Plans (IDPs) are agreements between two or more municipalities, which outline how planning and development decisions will be made, where they affect both sides of the boundary lines. Wheatland County currently has three agreements in place, with the County of Newell, Vulcan County, and the Municipal District of Foothills No. 31.
Municipal Development Plan
The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is the primary land use planning and community development guiding document, and is required for all municipalities with a population of more than 3,500. The MDP sets the vision, sustainability principles, goals, and policies for Wheatland County. It guides many of Council’s major decisions, particularly those that will impact us for more than 20 years. The MDP can be viewed here.
Area Structure Plans
Area Structure Plans (ASPs) are documents that are approved by Council as bylaws. The documents are used by the County when evaluating planning or development applications within the specific areas. If your land is located in an area where there is an existing ASP, you will want to be familiar with the document. If your proposed project is large or complex, a new ASP may be required.
To review existing ASPs, click here.
* Update: Goldfinch Area Structure Plan
Thank to everyone who attended the OpenHouse on November 28th for the Goldfinch ASP, and to the hall organizers who were gracious enough to allow us to use the space for the event. The intent of the open house was to gather comments and information from local residents, business owners, and interested individuals on where the ASP boundary should extend to.
We greatly appreciate all the feedback that we have received to date, and the time taken to come and chat. There were over 60 plus people in attendance at the open house. This shows us there are a lot of concerned and interested individuals in the community, and we would like to continue hearing from you. We would like to extend the opportunity to continue accepting feedback and concerns related to this Area Structure Plan project till Friday December 15th. Please see the posters presented at the open house for more information relating to the Goldfinch ASP project, and the handout where you may provide comments specifically to the area of the proposed ASP. You may call, email or mail in comments and feedback to the provided contact below.
The next steps for this project are to gather and interpret the feedback from the open house, and any further communication collected up until Dec 15th. This information will be used to help Wheatland County and ISL Engineers to determine an appropriate ASP boundary area. We will then begin the process of drafting the ASP document. Another open house is planned for the Spring of 2018 to present the draft, and again collect feedback from residents, businesses, and concerned landowners.
Thank you again for your participation in this project. Keep checking back for updates.
Land Use Bylaw
The Land Use Bylaw is a statutory document that regulates the use and development of land within the County. If you are planning on any development, subdivision, or redesignation on your land within Wheatland County, you should be familiar with this document. Check it out here.
Area Concept Plans
Area Concept Plans are guidelines for the redesignation, subdivision and development of an area of land. You may be required to include one with your application, as they help to paint a picture of what the project will look like when completed.
Direct Control Districts
A Direct Control District provides a land use designation for parcels that, because of unique characteristics or innovative design, requires specific regulations unavailable in other land use districts. DCs have specific sets of rules and regulations that apply to the parcel of land designated to that DC District. In the case of discretionary uses in a DC, unless otherwise stated within a specific DC, Council is the authority on rendering a decision on those uses and variance requests.
To review existing Direct Control Districts, see here.