Subdivision and Land Use Planning
Municipal Development Plan (MDP)
The Municipal Development Plan outlines the objectives and long-range goals for the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass in regards to future growth and development matters. The subdivision and development approval authority must consider the objectives and policies of the MDP in its decision process. The current MDP and Municipal Development Plan - Background Report were completed in 2001. The Municipality of Crowsnest anticipates that the Municipal Development Plan review process will commence in 2014.
Land Use Bylaw (LUB)
The Land Use Bylaw is a regulatory document that implements the policies set forth in the Municipal Development Plan and other policy documents. The LUB divides the Municipality into Land Use Districts that regulate development type and form by prescribing uses (permitted & discretionary), setbacks, parcel coverage, building height, parking requirements and other performance measures. The LUB also sets forth the procedure for processing, deciding on and appealing development permits.
Area Structure Plan (ASP)
An Area Structure Plan (ASP) proposes a sequence of development for an area, the future land uses, the density of population, and the general location of transportation and public utilities. The plan is a statutory document that must be passed by bylaw. Contact the Municipality for a list of approved ASPs. See the Area Structure Plan Applications Policy or contact the Development Office at 403-563-2218 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details about creating an ASP.
Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP)
An Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) is a detailed long range plan that coordinates the conservation of existing neighborhoods from unsympathetic development proposals, and sets forth policies for the redevelopment of land and buildings within the plan’s boundaries. The plan is a statutory document that must be passed by bylaw. There are currently no approved ARPs in the Municipality.
Outline Plans & Conceptual Schemes
Outline Plans & Conceptual Schemes provide a more specific planning and development framework for an area usually included with an Area Structure Plan. These documents are also used to provide supporting rationale for the potential subdivision or rezoning of land.
Rezoning is the process of changing the land use that applies to a property or parcel of land. Rezoning is required if you wish to develop your site in a manner that is not allowed by the current zoning. A completed application along with an application fee of $750 (per title) and supporting information to the satisfaction of the Municipality must be submitted for consideration. See the Land Use Bylaw Amendment Procedure.
Subdivision approval is the process to legally create new land titles. Subdivision approval is required when: 1) Creating lots for new neighborhoods, 2) Creating separate land titles for each unit of a duplex or row housing, 3) Creating separate land titles for each dwelling on a single parcel, 4) Redefining the property boundaries between two parcels. The subdivision process ensures that proposals are consistent with municipal bylaws, policies and future development goals for the Municipality.
The subdivision authority approval from the Municipality and the plan prepared by the land surveyor are sent to Land Titles. Land Titles registers the plan and creates the new Certificates of Title which the Landowner can then sell to the public. The Oldman River Regional Services Commission administers subdivisions for the Municipality.
When a land developer is proposing a new development within the Municipality, they must enter into a Development Agreement with the Municipality. The agreement details the contractual relationship between the Developer and the Municipality. It is a detailed document which lists the Developers obligations to the Municipality and the Municipality’s obligations to the Developer for the development of land within the Municipality. Any fees, levies, charges, or security amounts that the Developer owes to the Municipality are listed in this document.
Construction Completion Certificate (CCC)
The Construction Completion Certificate (CCC) documents the official completion date of the construction work within a development. The date on the CCC is used to establish warranty periods on all of the work that was completed by the Developer’s Contractor.
The Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC)
The Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) is a document which marks the end of the warranty period on any part of the construction work. When this document is signed, the Municipality officially accepts responsibility for the noted infrastructure work that is covered by the FAC.