Bylaw 1504: Amend Land Use Bylaw to allow data processing centres

BYLAW 1504

Pursuant to Section 606 of the Municipal Government Act, the Council of Camrose County gives notice that it has given First Reading to Bylaw No. 1504 to amend Land Use Bylaw No. 1373.

The purpose of this Bylaw is to amend Land Use Bylaw No. 1373 to include “Data Processing Centres” into the Land Use Bylaw by adding a definition, general regulations, and the use as discretionary in the Agricultural District and permitted in the Rural Industrial and Commercial District.

Anyone affected by this Amendment may make written submissions before 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The Public Hearing for By-law No. 1504 will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. in the County Council Chambers, 3755 – 43rd Avenue, Camrose, Alberta T4V 3S8. Written submissions will be heard first, oral submissions will be heard as time permits.


Proposed Text Amendments:

  1. Section 102 “Definitions” be amended by adding the following:

“Data Processing Centre” means a building, dedicated space within a building, or a group of buildings used to house computer systems and associated infrastructure and components for the digital transactions required for processing data. This includes, but is not limited to cryptocurrency, digital currency processing, non-fungible tokens, and blockchain transactions.

  1. In “Part 6: General Regulations”, adding Section 646 Data Processing Centre regulations as follows:

646.1  The period for a development permit for the operation of a Data Processing Centre shall be at the discretion of the Development Authority based on the scope of the project in the A – Agricultural District to a maximum of 5 years. In the RCI – Rural Commercial Industrial District there shall be no maximum time limit; the Development Authority can set any limit it deems appropriate.

646.2  The quality of the exterior treatment and design of all buildings shall be to the satisfaction of the Development Authority and shall be compatible with other buildings in the vicinity.

646.3  The Development Authority may require additional landscaping in addition to the regulations described in Part 8 of this Bylaw.

646.4  A noise impact assessment may be required by the Development Authority. If deemed necessary, a noise mitigation plan that may include a noise monitoring system may also be required.

646.5  A Data Processing Centre that includes a power plant shall provide written notice from the AUC that the power plant meets all the AUC requirements. If the AUC exempts the proposal from their regulations, then Section 646.6-8 will apply to the proposed development.

646.6  The Data Processing Centre and associated power plant shall have a minimum setback of 800m from a wall of an existing dwelling unit.

646.7  Notwithstanding the above, the setback distance may be reduced with no variance required if a noise impact assessment and noise mitigation plan is deemed sufficient to the satisfaction of the Development Authority.

646.8  Any development shall be designed to mitigate all off-site nuisance factors including excessive noise, odour, traffic, dust, and other impacts to the satisfaction of the Development Authority. A mitigation plan shall be provided at the time of development permit application to demonstrate that these nuisance factors have been mitigated.

  1. That “Data Processing Centre” be added to Section 702.2 A – Agricultural District as a discretionary use.
  2. That “Data Processing Centre” be added to Section 709.2 RCI – Rural Commercial and Industrial District as a permitted use.


Mar 08 2022


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