(Cochrane, AB) – Following nearly four years of research, consultation and public engagement, the Town of Cochrane has formally adopted a new modernized land use bylaw.
The Land Use Bylaw review and rewrite project was initiated by Town Administration in 2018 to ensure the bylaw meets the land use and development need of Cochrane amid rapid growth, and to reflect the unique character and natural landscape of the town. The previous Land Use Bylaw was adopted in 2004.
“The Land Use Bylaw impacts all Cochranites,” said Mayor Genung. “This updated version is a user-friendly document that simplifies the development process, responds to modern trends in development, and allows us to plan and mange future growth.”
The Municipal Government Act (MGA) requires every municipality to adopt a Land Use Bylaw. Essentially, the bylaw controls and regulates what can and cannot occur on a parcel of land and how a building can be placed and constructed on that parcel. In addition, the bylaw also includes other development considerations, such as parking, landscaping, signage and lighting.
The team worked to develop a bylaw that achieved five key goals:
Key highlights of the new bylaw include:
More information and a copy of the bylaw is available at Cochrane.ca/LUB.
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