Land Use Bylaw Update

The Planning and Development department works to ensure that communities in the County of Grande Prairie remain safe, healthy, attractive and sustainable places to live, work and play. They do this by developing and implementing plans that guide decision-making when dealing with applications. The Land Use Bylaw is a tool to regulate future land use identified in these plans.

The County of Grande Prairie's Land Use Bylaw was adopted in 2003. Since then, a few land use districts have been added to the Bylaw, but a comprehensive review of the bylaw has not occurred. County Administration has identified some parts of the Land Use Bylaw that need to be updated. The purpose of the Land Use Bylaw Update is to ensure the bylaw remains current; as well as future plans and development of land within the County align with its long-term strategic direction to protect and maintain the growth and quality of life in all our communities.

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey and shared your thoughts on the proposed updates to the Land Use Bylaw. Stay tuned for more information.

Here is a web map application where you can see the impact that the proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw could have on the permitted and discretionary uses of the different areas in the county

Land Use Bylaw Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Land Use Bylaw?

The Land Use Bylaw regulates the use and development of land and buildings within the County. It sets out the various zoning districts, what is acceptable land use in each district and how decisions on development permits are made.

Why do we need a Land Use Bylaw?

The Land Use Bylaw is a legal tool for managing land use and development within the County. As a result, the rights of land owners are protected, and the development, growth and quality of life for members of the community are promoted.

What does Land Use Bylaw Update mean?

The County of Grande Prairie's Land Use Bylaw was adopted in 2003. Since then, a few land use districts have been added to the Bylaw, but a comprehensive review of the bylaw has not occurred. County Administration has identified some parts of the Land Use Bylaw that need to be updated to ensure the bylaw remains current and it is aligned with the County's long-term strategic direction.

What are some of the changes proposed in the Land Use Bylaw Update?

Some of the changes being considered for the Land Use Bylaw include secondary suites, revised guidelines for home based businesses, accessory building size on rural estate lots, wind energy, medical marijuana facilities, bee keeping, breweries and microbreweries.

How can I voice my opinion in this process?

Information related to the Land Use Bylaw update will be advertised in the local Grande Prairie newspaper, and on the County's website and social media sites. It will also be reviewed at the County Open Houses and explained in the County Connections Newsletter.

If you have any further inquiries regarding the County Land Use Bylaw update, please contact Planning & Development Services by phone at 780-513-3950; by email at plan@countygp.ab.ca; by mail at County of Grande Prairie No. 1, 10001 – 84 Avenue Clairmont, AB T8X 5B2; or by fax at 780-539-7686.