Planning and Regulatory Services


Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw

View the Municipal Planning Strategy  or Land Use Bylaw .

Building and Development Permits

A development permit is required for any construction, alteration, replacement, relocation or addition to any structure and any change or alteration in the use of land, buildings or structures. A building permit may or may not be required. To apply for a building/development permit please complete the application form below and submit, along with the required fees, to the Planning Department.

Planning Applications

The following will guide you through the steps involved in the development agreement or land use bylaw amendment process.

  1. Application

    A completed application form along with the fees and required plans is received by the Planning Department. Click here  to download the application form.

  2. Public Information Meeting

    A Public Information Meeting (PIM) will be scheduled where the applicant, in consultation with Planning staff, will present the proposal to the public.

  3. Application Review

    Staff will review the application and the comments made at the PIM and determine if the application is major or minor as described below:

    Major Application – ExampleMinor Application – Example
    Significant community concern is identified at the PIM. No significant community concern identified.
    Is of an industrial or large scale commercial nature. Deals with home occupations.
    Involves the creation of new streets or more than 5 new lots. Small additions to properties within Architectural Guideline areas.
    Is concurrent with a major plan amendment.  
  4. Alternative Dispute Resolution (Major Applications Only)

    For major applications that garner significant public concern, an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process would be encouraged; however it would be a voluntary process undertaken at the request of the Town. The cooperation of the developer is required and the intent of the ADR process is to find a solution that all can live with before the application is reviewed and decided upon by Council.

  5. Design Review Committee

    If the application falls within the architectural control areas of Town staff may require that the application be reviewed by the Design Review Committee.

  6. Staff Report

    Planning staff will prepare a staff report which outlines the proposal; identifies issues and public concerns; and provides a recommendation to the Planning Advisory Committee.

  7. Planning Advisory Committee (PAC)

    The PAC will review the staff report and forward a recommendation to Council.

  8. Initial Consideration / First Reading

    Council will review the application and set a time for the Public Hearing.

  9. Public Hearing

    The public has an opportunity to voice their concerns or provide comment to Council regarding the proposal.

  10. Second Reading and Council Decision

    Council will give their decision.

  11. Appeal Period

    Council’s decision may be appealed to the Utility and Review Board within 14 days of the Notice of Passing being published in the local newspaper.