Rural Service Area Zoning

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Background

The City is developing amendments to the Land Use Bylaw to include lands annexed from the County of Grande Prairie in 2016.

These annexed properties, known as the Rural Service Area, are currently regulated by the County Land Use Bylaw, as it was in 2016.

The proposed changes would bring the Rural Service Area properties in alignment with the City's Land Use Bylaw. To accomplish this, the amendments will include the addition of some new uses, standards and districts to the bylaw so that these properties maintain the same development rights.

Purpose

  • Currently, development applications in the Rural Service Area are considered based on the County bylaw from 2016. This requires the City to have two separate bylaws, which may cause confusion for applicants who would expect to refer to the City's bylaw for a property that is in the City.
  • Bylaws need to be updated from time to time to adapt to new businesses, changes to provincial regulations, and to revise standards or correct mistakes. The City is not able to amend the 2016 County bylaw.

Project Phasing

PHASE 1 - Drafting (December, 2020)

The first phase of the project is bylaw drafting. City administration will draft the bylaws for this process, which will include the new districts, uses and standards, as well as the property rezonings. The draft bylaws will be posted on this page in the Document Library (on the right side of the page).

PHASE 2 - Review (January - March, 2021)

Landowners will be sent a letter notifying them of the proposed new district that their property will be zoned as, as well as how to review the bylaws and provide feedback. This phase will include a public information session where residents can discuss the project with City staff and provide feedback.

Check back in early 2021 for information on consultation opportunities.

PHASE 3 - Adoption (April, 2021)

In this phase, the bylaws will be brought forward to Council to consider for adoption.

Location Map


Background

The City is developing amendments to the Land Use Bylaw to include lands annexed from the County of Grande Prairie in 2016.

These annexed properties, known as the Rural Service Area, are currently regulated by the County Land Use Bylaw, as it was in 2016.

The proposed changes would bring the Rural Service Area properties in alignment with the City's Land Use Bylaw. To accomplish this, the amendments will include the addition of some new uses, standards and districts to the bylaw so that these properties maintain the same development rights.

Purpose

  • Currently, development applications in the Rural Service Area are considered based on the County bylaw from 2016. This requires the City to have two separate bylaws, which may cause confusion for applicants who would expect to refer to the City's bylaw for a property that is in the City.
  • Bylaws need to be updated from time to time to adapt to new businesses, changes to provincial regulations, and to revise standards or correct mistakes. The City is not able to amend the 2016 County bylaw.

Project Phasing

PHASE 1 - Drafting (December, 2020)

The first phase of the project is bylaw drafting. City administration will draft the bylaws for this process, which will include the new districts, uses and standards, as well as the property rezonings. The draft bylaws will be posted on this page in the Document Library (on the right side of the page).

PHASE 2 - Review (January - March, 2021)

Landowners will be sent a letter notifying them of the proposed new district that their property will be zoned as, as well as how to review the bylaws and provide feedback. This phase will include a public information session where residents can discuss the project with City staff and provide feedback.

Check back in early 2021 for information on consultation opportunities.

PHASE 3 - Adoption (April, 2021)

In this phase, the bylaws will be brought forward to Council to consider for adoption.

Location Map