Planning and Development Overview

Mackenzie County is governed by the regulations set forth in the Alberta Municipal Government Act (MGA) and subsequently all planning matters are regulated in accordance with the Municipal Development Plan, Inter-Municipal Development Plan, and the Mackenzie County Land Use Bylaw. The Municipal Development Plan, Inter-Municipal Development Plan and the Mackenzie County Land Use Bylaw are bylaw's passed by Council to reflect the orderly developmental goals of the municipality.

The Municipal Development Plan is designed to address, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. future land use within the municipality,
  2. the manner of, and proposals for, future development in the municipality,
  3. co-ordination of land use, future growth patterns, and other infrastructure with adjacent municipalities if there is no inter-municipal development plan, with respect to those matters in those municipalities,
  4. provision of required transportation systems, either generally or specifically, within the municipality and in relation to adjacent municipalities, and
  5. provision of municipal services and facilities either generally or specifically.

The Inter-Municipal Plan is designed to address those lands that fringe upon two municipal boundaries. It also provides guidelines for development within the fringe area. An Inter-Municipal Development Plan has been established for the High Level County fringe area.

The Land Use Bylaw provides information and guidance for development and subdivisions within the County.

Amendments to zonings and to the Land Use Bylaw as well as all development and subdivisions within the County are looked after by the Planning and Development Department.

Subdivision Applications

Subdivision is defined as - a parcel or parcels divided out of a tract of land and registered with Alberta Land Titles under separate title.

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Development Applications

Development is defined as:

  1. excavation or stockpile of earth and creation of either of them, or
  2. a building or an addition to a building, replacement or repair of a building; or
  3. change in use of land or a building or an act done in relation to land or a building that results in, or is likely to result in, a change in use of land or building; or
  4. a change in the intensity of use of land or a building or any act done in relation to land or a building that results in, or is likely to result in, a change in the intensity of use of land or building.

An approved development permit is required prior to the commencement of any of the above defined items. To determine if your proposed project requires a development permit contact the development staff.

Permitted Use

Permitted use is defined as - the use of land or building captioned "permitted uses" in the Land Use Districts, appearing in the Land Use Bylaw, for which a development permit shall be issued upon an application having conformed to the provisions of the Land Use Bylaw.

Discretionary Use

Discretionary use is defined as - the use of land or buildings captioned "discretionary uses" in the Land Use Districts, appearing in the Land Use Bylaw, for which a development permit may or may not be issued subject to a full review and consideration by the Development Authority. The approval of discretionary uses is optional, subject to the Development Authority's discretionary judgement based upon the merits of the application for the purpose of orderly development.

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Land Use Bylaw Amendments and Rezoning Applications

Land Use Bylaw is defined as - a Bylaw that is adopted and used by Council of Mackenzie County for regulating the use of land and buildings within the Municipality.

Rezoning is defined as - a Bylaw presented to Council for the amendment of a Land Use District.

Land Use District is defined as - a zoning district described in the text of the Land Use Bylaw in which only certain land uses may be allowed as either permitted or discretionary uses and in which specific requirements must be satisfied before development may proceed.

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