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.

Information Sessions (On-line)

The City is hosting on-line Information Sessions on Tuesday, May 25 via Zoom.

Notices were sent to residents indicating that the sessions would take place on Monday, May 24. They have been rescheduled, as the 24th is a Holiday. Correction notices have been sent to residents.

There will be two sessions:

During the virtual Open House events, there will be a presentation providing an overview of the draft plan and participants will be able to ask questions and provide feedback.

If you are not able to attend any of the virtual sessions, but would like to learn more about the plan and to provide feedback, you can contact the Planning Department by email at rdesroches@cityofgp.com, or by phone number at 780-513-5236.


A summary of the draft Land Use Bylaw changes including the overlay district, uses and districts is available in the Documents Library on the right of this page.

Project Phasing

The project has been divided into two phases: updates to the land use bylaw and rezoning. There will been public engagement during each phase to inform landowners about the proposed changes and to gather feedback.

PHASE 1 - Updates to the Land Use Bylaw (December, 2020 - August, 2021)

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 - Rezoning (September, 2021 - June, 2022)

During this phase, the properties will be rezoned to a district in the City LUB that matches their current zoning. These rezonings will not be a triggering event for City tax rates.

The rezonings will occur in stages grouping parcels based on geographic area. The staged approach of rezoning groupings of properties, rather than all the properties at once will help to improve communication with stakeholders.

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.

More details and a timeline for the staged rezonings will be added to this page after Phase 1 is complete.



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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.

Information Sessions (On-line)

The City is hosting on-line Information Sessions on Tuesday, May 25 via Zoom.

Notices were sent to residents indicating that the sessions would take place on Monday, May 24. They have been rescheduled, as the 24th is a Holiday. Correction notices have been sent to residents.

There will be two sessions:

During the virtual Open House events, there will be a presentation providing an overview of the draft plan and participants will be able to ask questions and provide feedback.

If you are not able to attend any of the virtual sessions, but would like to learn more about the plan and to provide feedback, you can contact the Planning Department by email at rdesroches@cityofgp.com, or by phone number at 780-513-5236.


A summary of the draft Land Use Bylaw changes including the overlay district, uses and districts is available in the Documents Library on the right of this page.

Project Phasing

The project has been divided into two phases: updates to the land use bylaw and rezoning. There will been public engagement during each phase to inform landowners about the proposed changes and to gather feedback.

PHASE 1 - Updates to the Land Use Bylaw (December, 2020 - August, 2021)

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 - Rezoning (September, 2021 - June, 2022)

During this phase, the properties will be rezoned to a district in the City LUB that matches their current zoning. These rezonings will not be a triggering event for City tax rates.

The rezonings will occur in stages grouping parcels based on geographic area. The staged approach of rezoning groupings of properties, rather than all the properties at once will help to improve communication with stakeholders.

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.

More details and a timeline for the staged rezonings will be added to this page after Phase 1 is complete.



Location Map