Municipal Development Plan, Bylaw 1829

Bylaw 1829, Municipal Development Plan, was approved on February 23, 2021.

 

Background

Land Use Bylaw 1808 was adopted by Kneehill County Council on September 22, 2020. 

Some of the changes that were adopted in the Land Use Bylaw have created inconsistencies with our current Municipal Development Plan Bylaw (MDP), which is also out of alignment with some of the newly adopted Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs) that are in place with our neighboring municipalities.

It is a requirement under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act, the Municipal Government Act, and Land Use Policies that all planning documents and statutory plans be consistent. Administration is proposing amendments to the MDP that would bring the Bylaw into alignment with all other planning documents. 

What is an MDP?

The Municipal Development Plan is the broad, long-range planning tool for the municipality. It guides future land use and development, growth patterns, transportation systems, and municipal services. It is a statutory plan that requires public consultation with the County's residents and neighbouring municipalities, including a Public Hearing prior to adoption.

MDP Timeline

October 20, 2020: The Municipal Development Plan was brought to the Committee of the Whole meeting to determine whether Council wanted to do a full review of this plan or only proceed with the amendments that would ensure consistency between the newly adopted Land Use Bylaw 1808, and the Intermunicipal Development Plans. Council chose not to do a full review at that time.  

Council also took the opportunity to review the map that highlights potential growth areas. This map was inconsistent with some of the Intermunicipal Development Plans. Council revised this map to reflect the plan areas in each of the IDP’s and they have included some additional lands where development would be logical, advantageous, and appropriate. 

Transportation and servicing were also considered in this review.

December 8, 2020: Council gave first reading to the draft MDP Bylaw. 

December 2020 - February 2021: Residents and stakeholders were encouraged to submit comments and questions regarding the draft MDP to Kneehill County's Planning Department by February 18, 2021, at 12 pm.

February 23, 2021: A Public Hearing for this Bylaw was held on February 23, 2021, at 10 am in Council Chambers at the Kneehill County Administration Building. No written submissions or feedback were received at the Public Hearing. No comments were received in support or against the MDP Bylaw.

✔ February 23, 2021: Council moved second reading as amended, and gave third reading to pass Bylaw 1829, Municipal Development Plan. (View live on YouTube.)

A list of necessary changes to the MDP, and the revised Growth Area Map, is available below. Copies can also be obtained at the Kneehill County office for anyone interested in these changes.

Municipal Development Plan 1829: Documents

Documents related to the Municipal Development Plan are provided below for your reference.

Municipal Development Plan: Wording Changes

Current WordingProposed Wording
p. 6 Environment/Hazard Lands “Kneehill County has a wide range of environmentally significant (as defined by the province), environmentally sensitive lands and hazard lands.”“Kneehill County has a wide range of environmentally significant (as defined by the province and the 2010 Summit Report), environmentally sensitive lands and hazard lands.”
p. 7  “Encouraging agriculture business, home based, and minor businesses to augment farm income will continue to be allowed on a discretionary basis.”“Encouraging agriculture business, home based, and minor businesses to augment farm income will continue to be allowed.” on a discretionarybasis.” Note: not all are discretionary some are permitted so we just removed that portion.
p. 9 (7) “The maximum number of titles per quarter section in the Agricultural District shall be five (5) including the remnant.”“The maximum number of titles per quarter section in the Agricultural District shall be three (3) including the remnant.”
p. 9 (9) “Redesignation to Agriculture Business District will be required for specialty agricultural uses requiring a large parcel subdivision.”Change for clarification “Large parcel subdivisions will be considered for uses within the Ag Business District.”
p. 9 (11)(i) “In hazard lands or environmentally sensitive lands as defined by the province,” “In hazard lands or environmentally sensitive lands as defined by the province and the 2010 Summit Report.”
p. 11 (1) “Subdivision in agricultural areas shall not result in more than five (5) titles per quarter section.  The remnant will be considered the fifth (5) title.“Subdivisions in agricultural areas shall not result in more than three (3) titles per quarter section.  The remnant will be considered the third (3) title.
p. 11 New number 7“Bare parcel subdivisions for residential purposes shall be a minimum of 2 acres and a maximum of 5 acres unless other provisions apply.” (i.e. fragmented)
p. 14 (4) “Any use considered to be incompatible shall not be permitted within the growth centre.Change for clarification “Any use not in keeping with the character and nature of the adjacent uses within a growth centre, shall not be permitted.”
p.15 (1) Goal
            “To protect and conserve environmentally sensitive lands as defined by the province.
“To protect and conserve environmentally sensitive lands as defined by the province and the 2010 Summit Report.”
p. 33 Definitions
“Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) means an area considered to have environmental features of importance to Kneehill County, as defined by the province, and amended from time to time.”
“Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) means an area considered to have environmental features of importance to Kneehill County as defined by the province and the 2010 Summit Report, and amended from time to time.”

Municipal Development Plan: New Definitions

  • “Historic object” – means any historic resource of a movable nature including any specimen, artifact, document or work of art.
  • “Historic resource” – means any work of nature or of humans that is primarily of value for its palaeontological, archaeological, prehistoric, historic, cultural, natural, scientific or esthetic interest including, but not limited to, a palaeontological, archaeological, prehistoric, historic or natural site, structure or object.
  • “Historic site” – means any site that includes or consists of an historical resource of an immovable nature or that cannot be disassociated from its context without destroying some or all of its value as an historical resource and includes a prehistoric, historic or natural site or structure.
  • “Palaeontological resource” – means a work of nature consisting of or containing evidence of extinct multicellular beings and includes those works of nature or classes of works of nature designated by the regulations