When making decisions about land use in Cochrane, Council considers how a proposed development aligns with provincial legislation, local plans and relevant bylaws.
For example, a resident who wants to add a garage to their property must first apply for a Development Permit. The Development Permit must meet requirements outlined in the Land Use Bylaw. The rules in the Land Use Bylaw are established by Council’s vision described in the Municipal Development Plan, which in turn follows the regulations in the Municipal Government Act.
Cochrane's statutory documents can be changed through our statutory plan amendment process.
Every municipality must compile and keep updated a list of policies that may be considered in making planning decisions.