Planning Tools

Land Use Bylaw (LUB)

Land Use Bylaw 1773, approved September 25, 2018.



The goal of land-use planning is the orderly development of land in a manner that promotes the interests of the public while accommodating the desires of individual developers.
Development control must take into account existing factors relating to environmental constraints; the interests of adjacent landowners; issues relating to traffic and mobility; infrastructure; et cetera. 

New! Food Truck- Mobile Vendor

Kneehill County is inviting food trucks and other mobile vendors to apply for vending permits at our popular park sites in 2018. 

Food Truck- Mobile Vendor Fact Sheet
Food Truck- Mobile Vendor Application
Food Truck- Mobile Vendor Policy.

Horseshoe Canyon is a very popular visitor attraction in the Canadian Badlands, which sees over 400,000 visitors each year. There are currently no permanent Food & Beverage options at Horseshoe Canyon, making it a great opportunity for food trucks during the summer months.

Kneehill County is home to a number of other sites that are very popular in the summer and during off-peak seasons, including Orkney Viewpoint, Swalwell Dam, and Keiver's Lake campground. 

Municipal Development Plan &
Land Use Bylaw

The Kneehill County Municipal Development Plan Bylaw 1735, Land Use Bylaw 1773, and associated Land Use Designation Maps may be found on the Bylaws page of this website. 

MDP Public Hearing Presentation 2017  (4.6 MB)

MDP Presentation

Integrated Sustainable Community Plan

As part of a provincial funding requirement, municipalities were required to develop an Integrated Sustainable Community Plan in 2010.


Area Structure Plans

Currently Kneehill County has five Area Structure Plan Bylaws:
Kneehill Creek (Bylaw 1263),
Three Hills Creek (Bylaw 1289),
Saddle-Up Estates (Bylaw 1586),
Badlands Motorsports Resort (Bylaw 1597)
Crocus Coulee Estates (Bylaw 1611)

The Development Authorities for the County are the Kneehill County Development Officers and the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC); the MPC is also the Subdivision Authority for the County.

Where an Intermunicipal Development Plan Bylaw is in effect between Kneehill County and another municipality, an Intermunicipal Planning Commission is the development authority for certain fringe areas of the municipalities.

Environmentally Significant Areas

Environmental Significant Areas - This document was created in 2010. Please note it is a large document (26 MB).
The Alberta Municipality of Kneehill County retained Summit Environmental Consultants Ltd. (Summit) to provide an updated report and mapping of Environmentally Significant Areas (ESAs) within the County. Environmentally significant areas are defined as areas that are vital to the long-term maintenance of biological diversity, physical landscape features and/or other natural processes at multiple spatial scales (Jennings and Reganold 1991 as cited in Fiera Biological Consulting 2009).

Planning Bylaws, Policies, and Regulations

There is a hierarchy of instruments (planning laws, regulations and policies) relating to the use and development of land, which emanates from both the provincial and municipal levels of government.  It is important to remember that, when making decisions relating to the subdivision and development of land, municipalities are bound by an extensive array of guidelines and stipulations outlined in those instruments.

Bylaws & Policies related to Planning

Bylaws & Policies
Context
Status
Intermunicipal Development Plan Three Hills- 1610 Guides growth and development in an area where the County shares a border with another municipality. This plan is approved by the Council in both municipalities and is referred to when dealing with applications within these subject lands. Complete
Intermunicipal Development Plan Carbon- 1743 Guides growth and development in an area where the County shares a border with another municipality. This plan is approved by the Council in both municipalities and is referred to when dealing with applications within these subject lands. Complete
Intermunicipal Development Plan
Linden
Guides growth and development in an area where the County shares a border with another municipality. This plan is approved by the Council in both municipalities and is referred to when dealing with applications within these subject lands. Draft
Intermunicipal Development Plan
Acme
Guides growth and development in an area where the County shares a border with another municipality. This plan is approved by the Council in both municipalities and is referred to when dealing with applications within these subject lands. Draft
Intermunicipal Development Plan
Trochu
Guides growth and development in an area where the County shares a border with another municipality. This plan is approved by the Council in both municipalities and is referred to when dealing with applications within these subject lands. Draft
Intermunicipal Development Plan
Wheatland
Guides growth and development in an area where the County shares a border with another municipality. This plan is approved by the Council in both municipalities and is referred to when dealing with applications within these subject lands. Draft
Intermunicipal Development Plan
Rocky View
Guides growth and development in an area where the County shares a border with another municipality. This plan is approved by the Council in both municipalities and is referred to when dealing with applications within these subject lands. Concept
Intermunicipal Development Plan
Mountain View
Guides growth and development in an area where the County shares a border with another municipality. This plan is approved by the Council in both municipalities and is referred to when dealing with applications within these subject lands. Concept
Intermunicipal Development Plan
Red Deer
Guides growth and development in an area where the County shares a border with another municipality. This plan is approved by the Council in both municipalities and is referred to when dealing with applications within these subject lands. Concept
Intermunicipal Development Plan
Starland
Guides growth and development in an area where the County shares a border with another municipality. This plan is approved by the Council in both municipalities and is referred to when dealing with applications within these subject lands.  
Intermunicipal Development Plan
Stettler
Guides growth and development in an area where the County shares a border with another municipality. This plan is approved by the Council in both municipalities and is referred to when dealing with applications within these subject lands.  
Intermunicipal Development Plan
Drumheller
Guides growth and development in an area where the County shares a border with another municipality. This plan is approved by the Council in both municipalities and is referred to when dealing with applications within these subject lands.  
Municipal Development Plan-1735  Provide high-level guidance and clarity for future growth within the municipality. General in nature and long range in outlook.  Complete
Kneehill Creek Area Structure Plan- 1263 Provide a framework for the type and sequence of development and subdivision within a subject area of land. Must be done by Council through a bylaw which requires a public hearing. Complete
Three Hills Creek Area Structure Plan- 1289 Provide a framework for the type and sequence of development and subdivision within a subject area of land. Must be done by Council through a bylaw which requires a public hearing. Complete
Saddle Up Estates Area Structure Plan- 1586 Provide a framework for the type and sequence of development and subdivision within a subject area of land. Must be done by Council through a bylaw which requires a public hearing. Complete
Badlands Motorsports Area Structure Plan- 1597 Provide a framework for the type and sequence of development and subdivision within a subject area of land. Must be done by Council through a bylaw which requires a public hearing. Complete
Crocus Coulee Estates Area Structure Plan- 1611 Provide a framework for the type and sequence of development and subdivision within a subject area of land. Must be done by Council through a bylaw which requires a public hearing. Complete
Land Use Bylaw- 1773 Regulates the orderly, economical, and beneficial development of use of land and buildings within the County.  Complete
Policy 5-1 Planning and Development Fees Setting out the parameters to waive fees Adopted
Policy 5-8 Subdivisions- General Conditions List of potential conditions that may be attached to a subdivision. Adopted
Policy 5-16 General Municipal Servicing Guidelines Provides specific guidelines to assist the County and the Developer in the design, preparation and submission of Plans that will meet the servicing requirements.  Adopted
Policy 5-17 Food Truck & mobile Vendor Policy  Guides the application and operation of food trucks and other mobile vendors to operate on County-owned properties.  Adopted

Regulations Related to Planning

Regulation
   
Municipal Government Act    
Subdivision & Development Appeal Board Regulation AR 195/2017  
Subdivision & Development Regulation AR 43/2002  
The Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) RSA 2000, c. A-26/8  
Alberta Building Code    
Planning Law and Practice in Alberta    
Limitations Act RSA 2000, L-12