Word on the street is the new Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB) came into effect March 1. I consulted my rumour stick and it turns out this one is true!
What does this mean for Drumheller? These new, modernized documents will put the river at the heart of the planning process with a renewed focus on how a building fits in a neighbourhood. Changes will also mean a reduced number of land use districts with greater flexibility and a new online permit application process. Enabling development, greater flexibility and faster permits — that is good news for all of us!
What are some key differences in the new Land Use Bylaw (LUB)?
The new LUB puts the river at the heart of development, making the community more flood aware. Floodplain development regulations have been strengthened to reduce overall risk of loss of life, property damage, economic harm and environmental impact caused by flood events.
A key difference with the new LUB is how development permit applications will be assessed. The new Bylaw is a “form-based code,” which means the development officer or Municipal Planning Commission will consider how a development is going to look. This is based on the understanding that the specific use of a property – whether it’s a duplex, dwelling or a hair salon – is less important than how it fits into the neighbourhood. The way the building is situated, how high it is, what materials are used, where the parking is located (if required), and how the site is landscaped make a major difference in how a new development is perceived. Overall the new LUB encourages economic growth through greater flexibility for new development in the Valley.
Learn more about the MDP, LUB and permit application process at Drumheller.ca.