Planning, Development & Industry

Municipal Planning Commission (MPC)

The County’s MPC normally meets monthly and is the body charged with the County’s Land Use Bylaw (LUB) administration as well as all developments such as subdivision approvals and development permits.

Monthly meetings are open to the public and are listed below, along with previously approved minutes from earlier meetings.   To request an item be placed on the agenda, please contact the Development Officer no later than the Friday preceding the meeting date.

2018 MPC Meeting Dates:

August 14

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) Decision

The SDAB tasked with adjudicating the appeals of 10 wind turbines recently issued their decision to the County, the appellants, and to the project developers Capital Power.  It states that there were no planning issues that the SDAB could hear that were not already addressed and approved by the AUC – Alberta Utilities Commission – from their 3 day merits hearing held back in November 2017.  And as such, the authoritative power of the provincial agency prevails over local municipal development authorities (our MPC and SDAB boards) as provided for in Section 619 of the Municipal Government Act.  This meant that the SDAB had to uphold the permits issued to Capital Power back in August of 2017, and now allows Capital Power to seek provincial funding approval for construction as their final hurdle to completion.  These type of dual or competing approval agencies pose complexities beyond normal development permit processes as the County is subject to the higher powers of the Province – which means the County as well as our local residents do not have the local autonomy we are used to seeing on development approvals.  This SDAB period was a long and often adversarial process and the County is hopeful that community relationships may be able to take a step towards reconciliation with residents in the affected area.

View full SDAB decision

Development Permit Applications Approved

Notice is herby given that the following Development Permit Applications have been approved:

DP1823 Longyuan Canada Renewables NW36-36-13-W4 Ground LIDAR unit
DP1824 Longyuan Canada Renewables SE3-36-13-W4

Ground LIDAR unit

DP1827 Barry and Kathy Brigley SW3-37-10-W4

Manufactured home

Any person claiming to be affected by such decision may appeal by giving Notice in writing to the Secretary, Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, County of Paintearth No. 18, Box 509 Castor, AB TOC OXO not later than 4:30 p.m., August 24, 2018.  The Notice must contain the reason for the appeal and pursuant to Bylaw No. 580-09 include the $200.00 fee.

Dated: August 2, 2018                                         Todd Pawsey, Development Officer


The Alberta Government has mandated every municipality must create an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) with its neighbouring municipalities, both urban and rural.

The County of Paintearth and the M.D. of Provost have created a draft IDP that defines a Fringe Area between the two municipalities along their border.  Development within this Fringe Area will be subject to the land use regulations and conditions of referral in this IDP upon effect.

The County will hold a public meeting on August 14th, 2018 at 1-2 pm at the County Administration Office to gather input from interested and affected parties.

The draft IDP is online at and comments may be forwarded to the Development Officer at (403) 882-3211 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. preferably no later than August 24, 2018.

View MD of Provost - Paintearth IDP Final DRAFT

Crowfoot Crossing Industrial Subdivision Opportunities

The County of Paintearth has developed and serviced prime industrial lands located at the heavily trafficked intersection of HWYs 36 and 12.

The information package here contains the layout of lots sold and remaining, as well as the Land Use Bylaw zoning and development regulations for the lands.

For any inquiries please contact the Development Officer.

View Crowfoot Crossing Full Info Package

Land Use Bylaw 593-09

The County’s LUB is the overall regulation for lands contained within the County boundaries.  All uses, subdivisions, and development procedures and regulations are defined by land use districts for certain areas within the County.  It is to provide sound and orderly development within the guidelines as developed and authorized by County Council and the Municipal Development Plan. Anyone wishing to purchase or develop land within the County is encouraged to become familiar with the regulations contained within.  The County prides itself on being an open and accessible development environment, thereby enabling our residents and farming communities to prosper and enjoy rural living.

View Land Use Bylaw 593-09