On September 17, 2019, Council passed the Public Notification Bylaw which provides for alternative methods of public notification of items required to be advertised under the Municipal Government Act (bylaws, resolutions, public hearings, meetings, and other things).
This page is intended to keep residents informed on legislative services and planning processes in the community, whether it be upcoming public hearings or notices.
Development decisions and public hearings may also be advertised in the local newspaper(s).
The following decisions are subject to certain conditions, and as per the Municipal Government Act, a person affected by these decisions has a right of appeal.
Permitted Use Applications - The Municipal Government Act, provides that anyone may appeal a decision of the Development Authority by paying the required fee and providing reasons for the appeal in writing.
Discretionary Use Applications - Notice that an application has been submitted for a Discretionary Use Development Permit is mailed to adjacent landowners, referral agencies, adjacent municipalities (where applicable), and other County departments. Notice that a decision has been reached about a Discretionary Use Development Permit application are sent to adjacent landowners, referral agencies, and adjacent municipalities (where applicable). The applicant or anyone else who objects to the decision may appeal to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB).
Subdivision Applications - Notices that an application has been submitted for a Subdivision Application are sent to adjacent landowners, referral agencies listed, adjacent municipalities (where applicable) and County departments. The applicant may appeal to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) if they object to the final decision. None of the adjacent landowners or referral agencies are notified after a decision because they do not have the right of appeal.
Copies of any the permits are available for inspection by the public at the Wheatland County Administration Office during regular office hours.
Public Hearings are open to the public. They are usually held at 9 a.m. during Council Meetings. Once the Hearing is concluded, a motion may be made to provide Second Reading for the bylaw or bylaw amendment. If approved, it moves on to the Third and Final Reading; if defeated, it’s done. The bylaw may also be given it's Third and Final Reading at the same meeting. Conversely, Council may request more information or an amendment, whereby the document will be reviewed for the Third and Final Reading at the next Council meeting.
Any comments provided will become part of the public record in accordance with Section 40 (1) of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection Privacy Act. Any personal information on submissions made regarding applications is collected under the authority of the FOIP Act Section 33 (c) and subsequent versions of the Act.
The decision of Council regarding the approval or refusal of a Land Use Bylaw amendment may not be appealed by anyone.
Comments may be forwarded in writing to Wheatland County or in person at the Public Hearing. The application files may be reviewed in the County Office during regular office hours – Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
At the hearing(s) the SDAB will hear from the appellant(s) and/or the agent; from any person who claims to be affected by the proposal; and from any other person who wishes to make representation AND whom the SDAB agrees to hear.
Comments may be made verbally at the hearing, OR if you wish to present a written submission, you must have at least TEN copies to be distributed at the commencement of the hearing and should be aware that your submission may be made public. A time limit may be imposed on verbal submissions, at the discretion of the Chairperson. No comments via telephone will be considered by the SDAB.
The complete file for this application may be inspected in the County Office during regular office hours – Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Should you have any questions please contact the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Clerk at 403-934-3321, or via email.