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 has completed a full review and update of the Bylaw, which has been approved by County Council.

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County Council gave third and final reading to the new Land Use Bylaw C-8000-2020 and associated Direct Control Districts at the July 28, 2020 Council Meeting.

The bylaws, which come into effect on September 8, 2020, have been consolidated based on the amendments made by Council prior to final approval. The bylaws are available for review:

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.

It is important to note that any Land Use District changes do 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.

The table below identifies which old districts were consolidated into the new districts.


The previous Land Use Bylaw was adopted in 1998. Although the bylaw was amended over time, a comprehensive review had 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 was 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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