Planning Guidelines & Mandates

How does the department make its decisions?

The department is governed by provincial legislation, such as the "Municipal Government Act" and the "The Subdivision and Development Regulation", as well as numerous municipal bylaws and policies.

The department maintains the integrity of your community through the development and implementation of various plans that guide the decision making process when dealing with applications; Municipal Development Plan, Intermunicipal Development Plan, Area Structure Plans, and Land Use Bylaw.

The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) [PDF - 16.1 MB] is a policy to guide the evaluation of all proposals for land use, development and subdivision throughout the County. It is vital to decision making that all proposals be given complete evaluations to determine the implications of the development on the community.

The Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) [PDF - 12.8 MB] is a mutual agreed upon framework between two adjoining municipalities, adopted by both councils, to foster coordination of land use planning, economic development, servicing and transportation needs of the areas adjoined by the municipal boundaries. The County currently has an IDP in place with the City of Grande Prairie.

Area Structure Plans (ASPs) provide a framework for the subdividing and development of a specific area. They outline the sequence of which development will proceed, the land uses and densities proposed within the area, and the locations of major transportation and utility routes.

The Land Use Bylaw (LUB) regulates the use and development of land and buildings within the County. It sets out the various zoning districts, the uses acceptable under each district, and the method for making decisions on development permit applications.

The County of Grande Prairie Design Guidelines [PDF - 10.9 MB] are intended to provide options for enhancing new development and existing communities. 

Sustainability Plans