Community Engagement

Round 3 – Public Engagement on the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) Update

The County Land Use Bylaw summary of updates and amendments as derived from the community engagement sessions conducted in the previous Rounds 1 & 2 from 2020 (and early 2021) is presented for public information and gathering of feedback.  County residents are encouraged to download it here or read online at their convenience.  It is of significant length and content reaching approximately 60+ pages.

This summary reflects directions presented at the engagements about landowners having autonomy over developments on their lands, considerations of impacts on neighbouring lands, more permitted uses in districts (as long as they meet all district and general LUB regs) which results in less “red tape”, a redistricting of land in Fleet, industrial uses in rural areas, aeronautics, kennels, fines and penalties, wind energy, residential development and subdivision, and many more.   It also contains some planned updates for grammatical and clerical corrections to ensure the LUB has correct cross references to other County planning documents such as Intermunicipal Development Plans.

This summary is posted for feedback which is to be directed to the County in written submissions by mail to Box 509 Castor T0C0X0, fax to 403-882-3560, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Feedback on this draft of amendments will be accepted until Wednesday March 31, 2021. Feedback received may be considered for the final draft which will be submitted to Council at the April 7, 2021 Council meeting.

A public hearing for the amendments as incorporated into a new overall County LUB will be held on Wednesday April 202021 at 1 pm.  Details on the public hearing will be published prior and subject to the current covid regulations pertaining to public gatherings.  Pending outcomes of feedback and responses at the public hearing, it is anticipated that the new LUB may be adopted at the May 4, 2021 Council meeting.

The County would like to thank all the participants in the engagement sessions, surveys, and other public input sessions for your contributions over the last year or so.  Those contributions will allow the County to move forward with a Land Use Bylaw that works for all residents and landowners alike.

Stay tuned as the Round 3 Engagement for the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is also arriving soon.

County Public Engagement - MDP & LUB Update

Round 2 Survey Results have been compiled.

Thankyou for your input!

The County of Paintearth thanks all residents and landowners who took the time to complete the survey and provide feedback based on the data collected last January. For any questions or more information please contact the County office at 403-882-3211.

Round 2 is now complete. Click the link to view the Round 2 Survey Results.
Round 1
is now complete. Click the link to view the Public Summary Report.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you want my input?
Landowners and land users are asked to participate because your experience and values as they pertain to how you interact with the land is an important guide for the County in determining what the future of land development looks like in the County of Paintearth. We want your input so we can work at developing community together.

How will my input be used?
Values and ideas provided by participants will be incorporated into the policy statements in the new Municipal Development Plan; the County’s goal is to produce a document that closely reflects how citizens want lands to be developed.

Input on Land Use Bylaw regulation will be used to provide options for regulatory frameworks. Residents will have the option of voting for the regulations that suit the County’s future land users best.

A number of topics will be presented in the form of multiple choice questions. These questions will be derived from options that were discussed and shared during the first round of consultations.

What is an MDP?
The Municipal Development Plan is a guide that provides future direction on development matters for the entire municipality. Ideally, the plan is created with end-users in mind; landowners, ratepayers, community groups etc. These are the people who will live and work here, and it is their vision of how development should proceed that a carefully prepared plan should consider.

What does a Land Use Bylaw mean to me?
Planning decisions made by the County are based on regulations contained within the Land Use Bylaw. Zoning designations, land uses and enforcement rules are established within the Land Use Bylaw, all of which impact local landowners and potential developers. 

Landowner Values Survey

The Landowner Values Survey can be filled out electronically by following the link below. Once you have completed the the survey, submit it to be included in the thematic maps.

Landowner Values Survey