The County’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB) were adopted in July 2017. A full review of the MDP and LUB is completed every year, to evaluate the success or failure of the policies within the plans and to indicate if the policies are meeting the plan's objectives.
The Municipal Development Plan & Land Use Bylaw 2019 Review - Annual Report & Monitoring Matrix is attached below. This review has identified some areas for improvement in the plans, to which amendments were proposed. Staff also found some housekeeping amendments. Bylaw 1318/20 was passed July 9, 2020, with a number of amendments to the MDP and Bylaw 1317/20 was passed July 9, 2020, with a number of amendments to the LUB. Details on the bylaws are provided below, with full copies of the changes attached.
The following is a summary of the amendments passed July 9, 2020 and an explanation as to why these changes were made.
Municipal Development Plan (Bylaw 1318/20)
- Municipal Subdivisions: Inserted Policy ENV&REC 4.4.7 to provide policy direction to ensure clarity. From time to time, municipal subdivisions are necessary to establish or expand municipal parks, cemeteries, or other public uses.
- Telecommunication Towers: Amended Section 7.8 Telecommunications and Policy INF&TECH 7.8.1 clarifying the federal jurisdiction versus the municipal role in the approval process.
Land Use Bylaw (Bylaw 1317/20)
- Agri-tourism business: Added 'agri-tourism business' definition and list as a discretionary use in Agricultural 'A' District and permitted use in the Recreation 'PR' District to facilitate agriculture-based tourism. Adding a new use in the LUB to promote agri-tourism businesses supports tourist uses showcasing our agricultural community and allows visitors to experience agricultural life.
- Bed and Breakfast: Amended the definition of 'bed and breakfast' to include the use of accessory buildings in the Agricultural 'A' District also to facilitate agri-tourism.
- Setbacks from a property line that has changed due to a natural boundary change: In the Agricultural 'A' District and Recreation 'PR' District, inserted policy where a property line has been adjusted due to a change in a natural boundary, the setback shall be applied from the original property boundary and any development must be contained within the development area of the original boundary. As we see an increase in accretion on other lands not zoned Residential Lake Area 'R-RLA' District, staff propose to add this policy to the Agricultural 'A' District and Recreation 'PR' District to ensure clarity for landowners.
- Telecommunication Towers: Updated Section 6.20 Telecommunication Towers and uses in the Agricultural ‘A’ District to align with the MDP updates.
Council Requested Amendments
- Cannabis Production Facilities: In the Agricultural ‘A’ District and Hamlet Industrial ‘I-H’ District, required a setback from a cannabis production facility to a residential use to address compatibility issues between land uses.
Assorted Housekeeping Amendments
- Approving Authorities: Amended section 2.2(5) regarding when MPC meetings are held, to be consistent with the Procedurals Bylaw.
- Home Based Businesses: Amendments to ensure all references are the same wording.
- Non-resident On-site Employees: Amendments to ensure all references are the same wording.
- Kennel: Amendment to the definition for grammatical errors.
- Fringe Commercial Area in Hamlet Commercial ‘C-H’ District: updated 3(1) and 3(3) maximum parcel frontage and setbacks in the Fringe Commercial Area. Insert map to show Fringe and Core Commercial Areas in the Hamlet of Mirror.
- Maximum Height of an RV: In the Recreation Vehicle Resort ‘R-RVR’ District, amended 3(11)(a), describing how to measure the maximum height of a Recreational Vehicle to align with building height definition.
- Wastewater Servicing on Sylvan Lake: In the Residential Lake Area ‘R-RLA’ District, amended section 3(6) to align with the Sylvan Lake Communal Servicing Bylaw, which requires lots in Blissful Beach, Kuusamo Krest, Palm Bay, and Yuill subdivisions to connect to the municipal communal wastewater system.
For more information, please see the attachments.