Camrose County MDP and LUB Review and Update
Camrose County has engaged ISL Engineering and Land Services (ISL) to assist with a review and update of its Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB). The MDP and LUB are the most important land use planning documents for a municipality. The MDP sets the future vision for the County, while the LUB guides day-to-day review planning and development activities.
The County’s last major update to its MDP and LUB was in 2016. Over the last six years the document has been revised and amended in response to emerging issues.
County Council and Administration now want to update the MDP and LUB to create clear and concise documents that reflect current community needs and provides Council, Administration, developers, builders, and the public with continued confidence in the development process.
This review is targeted and does not involve re-writing the documents. The review is focused on ways to improve specific policies and regulations, namely those related to the following topics:
- Accessory buildings;
- Alternative energy (such as bio-fuels);
- Confined Feeding Operations (CFOs) adjacent to recreational lakes;
- Emergent industries (such as crypto currency);
- RVs and camping in agricultural areas and the Lake Resort District; and
As part of Phase 1, ISL will be conducting stakeholder interviews, background research, and an online community survey.
Throughout the process of review the MDP and LUB, residents and stakeholders will be provided with opportunities to share their input through various engagement methods, including online surveys and open houses in Fall 2022.
We want to hear from you! Share your thoughts on the key focus areas for the MDP and LUB review and update through the Phase 1 Community Survey. The survey is available from September 20 to October 4, 2022.
In March 2022, Camrose County administration put out a Request for Proposal to update our Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaws. These documents were last reviewed in full in 2016. Administration likes to review these documents every 5 years to ensure that they align with any changes to the County’s strategic plan, community values and to update any emergent planning issues and legislative changes.
In response to the RPF we received submissions from 6 planning firms offering to carry out the work. The RFP outlined a weighted evaluation criteria based on 5 separate factors. Administration reviewed the proposals using the evaluation matrix and ISL received the highest score, so administration recommends that Council select ISL.