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The Land Use Bylaw is a document which divides the town into districts (zones), prescribes land uses that are permitted or discretionary in each zone and provides rules for what, where and how development can occur.
Essentially, the Land Use Bylaw controls and regulates what can and cannot occur on a parcel of land and how buildings can be placed and constructed on that parcel. It is one of Cochrane’s most important documents and has far-reaching implications for how the community is shaped.
The current Land Use Bylaw (LUB) was adopted in 2004, and since then the town has undergone immense growth and changing development patterns. The LUB is being updated to ensure it is meeting the land use and development needs of Cochrane today and into the future, while reflecting the unique character and natural landscape of the town.
The updated draft LUB has been amended to create efficiencies in the development process where needed, to make the bylaw more user-friendly and accessible, and to respond to modern development trends and create flexibility for future growth.
New districts have been created to ensure that every property in town is zoned appropriately. A summary of major changes can be found on LetsTalkCochrane.ca/LUB, as well as video recordings of previous Council workshops which explain new additions and changes to the bylaw in detail.
All districts have been renamed, and in some cases the rules that apply to them have been amended. To see the new district that will apply to your property visit cochrane.ca//LUB and view the Future Zoning Map, which will allow you to search your property and view the new zoning. You can then view the draft of the new Land Use Bylaw and see all the rules that apply in your particular district.
Throughout the LUB review project residents and stakeholders have been consulted to ensure that the final document reflects the needs of the community. Over 35 in-person and online public engagement opportunities have been held throughout the course of the project, which are all outlined on LetsTalkCochrane.ca/LUB as well as in What We Heard reports summarizing all feedback received.
All public engagement has now closed, however input can be provided through the Council process at the Public Hearing.
The Public Hearing is being held February 14, 2022 at 5:30pm at the Cochrane Ranchehouse, where any member of the public may attend to provide or hear comments. If you would like to speak at the Public Hearing (5 minute time limit) you must arrive before the start time and sign the speakers list. If you’re making a presentation, please send us a copy by 10am February 10, 2022 to Town of Cochrane, 101 RancheHouse Rd or firstname.lastname@example.org (quote Bylaw 01/2022). Questions can be directed to LUB@cochrane.ca.