Statutory plans guide planning and development in Cochrane. If you are proposing a development that does not align with current planning policies, you may need to request an amendment.
The following statutory plans can be amended:
- Land Use Bylaw
- Municipal Development Plan
- Intermunicipal Development Plan with Rocky View County
- Area Structure Plans and Area Redevelopment Plans (see the Planning Documents page)
If your project requires an amendment to a statutory plan, the general process is as follows:
- Consult with Cochrane's Planning department. Staff can help provide guidance, walk you through the process, and make sure that an amendment is what you need.
- Complete and submit a Statutory Plan Amendment Application and pay the application fee.
- Review the checklist to make sure your application is fully complete.
- Cochrane Administration, outside agencies and the Cochrane Planning Commission (CPC) review the application and provide comment.
- Council prepares an amendment bylaw for first reading. Given first reading, a public hearing date is set and announced so members of the public can provide input.
- Council reviews all input and considers the proposal’s before making a decision.
If Council agrees to the proposal, the amending bylaw is adopted. If Council sees no merit in the decision, it will defeat the adoption of the bylaw; this decision is final and not subject to appeal.