Community Engagement

Workbook Surveys

Thank you for your interest in the County’s Community Engagement program for updating the County Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw.

This is a “never been tried in the County before” process that worked very well for the County of Lacombe in 2016-17 and hopefully will be replicated here. The success will largely result from your contributions and participation!

Our program consists of 3 rounds of public participation:

  • Round 1 - Facilitated community engagement and feedback sessions in January 2020 held across the County in community halls during evening working sessions.
  • Round 2 - Establishment of priorities and directions by electronic voting means of tabulated data and feedback gathered, in Spring 2020 across the County in community halls in evening working sessions.
  • Round 3 - Presentation of draft documents prepared from priorities and directions selected in Round 2 for further feedback, in Fall 2020, at Drop-In open houses in Castor and Coronation during daytime and evenings.
3 surveys were created upon content from the workbook used during the Round 1 facilitated community engagement and feedback sessions. They featured a number of exercises put forth in a questionnaire format and where posted for online submissions until January 31, 2020.
The online submissions of the workbook surveys is now closed. However if you wish to submit a Landowner Values Survey, you can do do by following the link below:

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you want me to come?

The County is inviting landowners and land users 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 you to attend 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 in an upcoming session in the spring where residents will have the option of voting for the regulations that suit the County’s future land users best.

During the second session, a number of topics will be presented in the form of multiple choice questions. These questions will be derived from options that are to be discussed and shared during the first round of consultations.

Can I attend more than one session?

Due to catering considerations, we ask that you consider attending the event in your area (see invitation letter here).  If you are unable to attend the event in your area on that day, you are welcome to attend the next closest event. Individuals who choose to attend more than one will be asked to wait until everyone else has finished serving their supper, but attendance is welcomed. Alternately, you may participate by completing the online survey which will be available on the County website from Jan 13 - 31. The online surveys will be collected and added to the participant feedback from the sessions.

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. 

Municipal Development Plan & Land Use Bylaw Review

The County will be undergoing a very involving and detailed community engagement process in reviewing our MDP and LUB for updates in 2020. The process is planned over 3 rounds of public engagement starting this coming January.

Round one will see the County hosting four community sessions where County landowners, impacted business owners and community groups will be invited to participate. The evenings will consist of a working supper and facilitated table sessions where all participants will be asked to review and contribute to planning processes, documents, and land use considerations. Materials developed at these evenings will be compiled, organized, and prepared for presentation during round two.

Round one community sessions will be hosted regionally as below, and participants may attend the session for their zone, as defined by the attached map. Invitations will be sent out in December with a required RSVP for caterer planning.

#1 Monday, January 13 Brownfield Community Hall 5:30 – 9:30 pm For residents north of 599 and east of RR120
#2  Tuesday, January 14 Coronation Community Center 5:30 – 9:30 pm For residents south of 599 and east of RR123
#3  Wednesday, January 15 Halkirk Community Hall  5:30 – 9:30 pm For residents in Ranges 15 and 16
#4  Thursday, January 16 Castor Community Hall           5:30 – 9:30 pm For residents in Ranges 14, 13, and 12 west of RR120/123

Click map to enlarge

Round two sessions are tentatively planned for late April 2020 and will feature the participants being able to electronically vote for options or directions presented, which will then be moved forward into the draft MDP and LUB updates. Shorter evening sessions are anticipated where refreshments will be available.

Round three will see the prepared drafts of the updated MDP and LUB hosted during open houses around the County, on a drop in basis. The current plan is to have these two documents ready for public review around late September or just prior to Thanksgiving.

 Public Participation Plan

MDP/LUB Update 2020

Public Participation mapping for the Municipal Development Plan policy updates and
Land Use Bylaw regulation updates, taking place in 2020 for the County of Paintearth No.18

Click the image to download the plan