Land Use Bylaw
In March 2006, Lacombe County initiated a review of the 1998 Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB), first adopted by Council in 1992. The purpose of the review was to ensure a proactive and comprehensive approach to dealing with current and future growth challenges in the County.
Following the policy framework set out in the Municipal Development Plan, the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) sets out the rules and regulations describing how individual properties may be used or developed. The LUB is a more regulatory document that describes the type of land use or development which can be made of individual properties within the County.
The LUB divides the municipality into eight general land use districts. Each district defines permitted or discretionary uses that can be considered under that particular zoning. Permitted uses are uses for which an applicant is entitled to a development permit if the proposed development conforms to all applicable provisions of the LUB. Discretionary uses are uses that may be approved at the discretion of the County if the County deems the use to be appropriate for the site and is considered reasonably compatible with neighbouring uses. Any discretionary use approval can be appealed by neighbours. Each district also includes "development standards" that govern the manner in which development is to take place.