Landscapes and landscaping features are important because they contribute significantly to our well-being and quality of life by integrating the built environment with the natural environment. Well-designed landscaping, whether it be in private yards, businesses, or new multi-lot developments, all contribute to Lacombe County’s physical form and natural environment, building healthy habitat for people, plants, and animals.
It was an identified action of the 2019 review of the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB) to redesign the old Guide to Suitable Species into a more holistic landscaping guide. The new Guide to Landscaping was endorsed by Council on September 10, 2020.
The primary focus of this guide is to aid landowners/applicants in the design of their landscaping and preparation of landscaping plans to comply with the requirements of the County’s Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw. It includes content on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), landscape drawing requirements, suitable species, planting standards, security requirements, and planting best practices.
The new Guide to Landscaping is available here, or pick up a paper copy from Planning Services.