Subdivision & Development Appeal Board (SDAB)

About the Board

The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) is a quasi-judicial board established in accordance with the Municipal Government Act and Town of Cochrane Bylaw 17/2024 (Procedural Bylaw) and Bylaw 21/2024 (Subdivision and Development Appeal Board). 

The SDAB hears appeals regarding decisions made by the development officer, the Development Authority or the Cochrane Planning Commission with respect to subdivisions, development permits or stop orders issued by the Town. The Board's decision is founded on fact-based evidence, applying legal rules as per legislation and planning documents such as the Municipal Development Plan and the Town of Cochrane Land Use Bylaw.   

The Board is independent from the Town of Cochrane Planning Department and is comprised of public-at-large members and a member of Council.  Once appointed, Board members and clerks must complete training approved by the Minister before they can hear an appeal. Approved refresher training is required every three years. 

The SDAB meets in the evening within 30 days of receipt of a valid appeal. Hearing dates will be advertised in the Cochrane Eagle with a minimum of five days notice.

Prior to submitting an appeal, please review our Preparing for your SDAB Appeal Hearing document.

Filing an Appeal

The SDAB Clerk  must receive the completed SDAB Notice to Appeal form and $200 fee in accordance with Sections 678 and 686 of the Municipal Government Act. The SDAB will determine the validity of any appeal that is incomplete, filed after the deadline or without the required fee.

SDAB Notice to Appeal form (PDF)

You can can submit your Notice of Appeal and the fee in the following ways:

By mail to:Town of Cochrane
Clerk, Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
101 RancheHouse Rd.
Cochrane, AB T4C 2K8
Pay by cheque payable to “Town of Cochrane”
Deliver in person to:Town of Cochrane
Clerk, Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
101 RancheHouse Rd.
Cochrane, AB T4C 2K8
Pay by cheque payable to “Town of Cochrane”, cash, debit, Visa, or Mastercard. 
By email to:

Attn: Clerk, Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
legislative@cochrane.ca
Pay with Visa or Mastercard by phoning 403-851-2500 between 8:30 am 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

DO NOT include credit card information in the email.

Group Appeals 

A group of affected parties may file one appeal together. Each member of the group must complete the Notice of Appeal form. The Notice of Appeal forms must be submitted together and only one appeal fee is required for a group appeal. The appeal deadline is the same for individual appellants and group appellants. 

The group must select a spokesperson to represent them to the Board. Only the spokesperson speaks to the Board at the hearing unless the hearing’s Chair requests otherwise. The spokesperson is the group’s main contact for SDAB communications, excluding the Notice of Hearings and decision. Individual members may still submit written evidence. 

What Happens After My Appeal is Submitted?

The SDAB clerk schedules an appeal hearing within 30 days of receiving the appeal form and fee.  You and any other party required to be notified under the Municipal Government Act or the Town of Cochrane’s Land Use Bylaw will receive a written Notice of Hearing. 

Hearings of the SDAB are open to the public and documents filed as evidence in respect of an appeal will form part of a public record. Your name and address provided will not be severed and the presentation/submission in its entirety will be posted to the website, shared publicly at the SDAB hearing and retained permanently in the Town of Cochrane’s archives. Under the FOIP Act, public bodies are accountable for adhering to the privacy protection rules.  Please provide the Town of Cochrane written consent authorizing you to use any other party’s personal information in the SDAB presentation/submission; otherwise personal information relating to the other parties will be severed per section 34(1) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. 

Contact Information

Legislative Services, SDAB Clerk
Phone: 403-851-2987
Email: legislative@cochrane.ca
Physical address: 101 RancheHouse Road Cochrane, AB T4C 2K8

Planning Services
Phone: 403-851-2570
Email: planning@cochrane.ca
Physical address: 101 RancheHouse Road Cochrane, AB T4C 2K8