Land Use Bylaw Review



The Land Use Bylaw controls development by dividing Rocky View County into land use districts, prescribing the uses of land and buildings, and establishing a system for issuing development permits. The County is in the process of a full review and update of the current Bylaw.

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The County has completed the full review of the Land Use Bylaw with the final bylaw and accompanying new Direct Control Bylaws to be considered by County Council available in the links below. Thank you to all the residents and stakeholders who participated in the project. The Public Hearing has been scheduled for June 25, 2020. Beginning Monday, June 22, standard public access operations resume for County Hall. Therefore, public hearing procedures will return to normal, while following provincial guidelines for a limit of 50 people maximum for indoor gatherings. Additional information is available in the following document:

Since first reading of the bylaws on January 28, 2020, there have been revisions made to the bylaws. Changes within these bylaws are illustrated through a redline version of the document. For clarity, text to be removed is indicated with a strikethrough and text that has been added is highlighted in red.

Redline changes to the Bylaws are summarized as follows:

  • Clerical, syntax, and minor text revisions;
  • Minor revisions resulting from the requested CAO Workshop; and
  • Addition of Lot 1, Block 1, Plan 0713500 within SW-03-28-26W04M to DC-166 to align with Council’s approval of PL20180057 on February 25, 2020.

To ensure ease of reading, changes related to numbering are not identified in the redline.

In addition to the redline changes, there are additional amendments that will be presented to Council for consideration through separate motions. These additional amendments were not included in the redlining as they are more significant changes and redesignations approved by Council since first reading.

It is important to note that any Land Use District changes will not impact how you currently use your land. However, if you choose to change or develop your land in the future, you will need to follow any new or updated regulations of the Land Use District.

As part of the review, it was identified that there were numerous land use districts significantly similar to each other. To remove redundancy, these districts have been consolidated. The table below identifies which existing districts were consolidated.

Previous Items

The County hosted three Open Houses; Oct 7, 10, and 17, 2019; to hear from residents on the Draft Land Use Bylaw. Materials from the Open Houses are available for your review:

An online survey was also conducted from Oct 7-27, 2019 for those that were unable to attend the Open Houses.

The County has prepared an Engagement Summary Report, which presents the feedback received during the Phase 3 Public Engagement. The report is includes a summary and analysis of the feedback received through the three Open Houses held in October and the online survey.


The County last adopted a revised Land Use Bylaw in 1998. Although the bylaw has been amended over time, a comprehensive review has not been undertaken since its enactment.

In October 2016, County Council approved a Terms of Reference for a comprehensive bylaw review.

The County, along with a third party consultant, has undertaken the review of the content and structure of the Land Use Bylaw to:

  • Consider land use regulation best practices
  • Align with existing County policies and Provincial requirements
  • Provide clarity to existing development regulations
  • Improve readability and reduce misinterpretation of regulations
  • Simplify the development permit process
  • Keep current development/subdivision rights
  • Consolidate, simplify, and rename regulations
  • Remove unnecessary regulations
  • Modernize regulations to reflect current development trends
  • Minimize red tape for residents and stakeholders

This process has resulted in the new Land Use Bylaw C-8000-2020.

Project Timeline

The review will be completed in five phases:

Phase 1 Background Review and Analysis 2016-2018
Phase 2 Drafting changes to the Land Use Bylaw 2019
Phase 3 Public Engagement October 2019
Phase 4 Finalize Land Use Bylaw 2019
Phase 5 Presentation of Final Land Use Bylaw to Council 2020

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There are several ways to get involved in this project.

  • Contact us at or 403.230.1401.
  • Fill in the form below and we will send you regular email updates.
  • Follow the project on this webpage. We will post updates and upcoming events.


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