Statutory Plan Amendments

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: 

Amendment process

If your project requires an amendment to a statutory plan, the general process is as follows: 

  1. 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. 
  2. Complete and submit a Statutory Plan Amendment Application and pay the application fee.
  3. Review the checklist to make sure your application is fully complete.

Once submitted:

  1. Cochrane Administration, outside agencies and the Cochrane Planning Commission (CPC) review the application and provide comment. 
  2. 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. 
  3.  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.