Land Use Bylaw

Land Use Bylaw Refresh

The City of Fort Saskatchewan is in the process of advancing its Land Use Bylaw (LUB).

What is a LUB?

The Land Use Bylaw regulates use, buildings, signs, and overall development in the City.

Our City is divided into land use districts, or zones, (e.g. commercial, industrial, and residential). A LUB is used to determine what land uses are permitted in each district. These regulations are based on the goals and objectives outlined in City’s policy planning documents. The LUB regulates everything from sheds and decks to large industrial developments.

Why is the City updating Land Use Bylaw? 

To respond to industry trends and based on community feedback and address concerns.

The LUB Refresh project is identified as a Strategic Initiative under the Positioned for Growth goal in the City’s 2018 to 2022 Strategic Plan. The primary objective of this year’s update is to strengthen interpretive and administrative provisions to facilitate effective decision-making.

What are the main topics/themes to be reviewed?

Topics of interest/concern are:

  1. Pragmatic changes enabling development in the downtown:
    • No longer requiring development permits for certain changes of use (Business Support Service (e.g. printing); Personal Service (e.g. hair salon); Professional, Financial and Office Service (e.g. accounting office); Retail Store Convenience; Retail Store General; or Eating and Drinking Establishment to any of these same uses).
    • No longer requiring development permits for changes in restaurant seating within the Core Commercial (Downtown) district.
    • Consolidating Uses and regulations;
    • Allowing greater tolerance pertaining to design, character, and appearance of buildings.
  2. Facilitating effective decision-making and clearly articulating development rights:
    • Adding Fundamental Use Provisions (FUP) to every Land Use District. FUPs are an effective tool to modify particular uses to more appropriately align with the district in which the use is located. FUP also provides certainty of development rights.
    • Clarifying interpretation clauses.
    • Consolidating Residential Land Use Districts (R1, R2 and R3 into a new R1; R4 and RC into a new RC).
    • Consolidating two Commercial Districts (C2 and C3 into a new C2).
    • Updating signage provisions.
  3. Updating terminology, resolving minor errors, and making structural changes:
    • Definitions moved from back of the document to the front.
    • Formatting and typographical changes (consistently with “uses” being labeled in Districts, using capitals and being placed alphabetically).
  4. Responding to development/industry trends and community interest:
    • Allowing for Garage and Garden Suites in certain residential Districts subject to fundamental use provisions.
    • Adding a use class for Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries.
    • Reducing side yards for residential developments from 1.5 metres to 1.2 metres except for Semi-detached Housing and Multi-attached Housing in the RC District will remain at 1.5 metres.
    • Allowing signage on show home properties.
    • Regulations aimed at reducing visual clutter for signage.
  5. Adding Agricultural South Land Use District:
    • New land use district that incorporates newly annexed lands.
    • Accommodates existing land uses and regulations from Strathcona County’s Land Use Bylaw.
    • Adding a Cottage Industry use class. This use class allows for certain start-ups and innovative rural-based economic development opportunities.

View the current Consolidated Land Use Bylaw C10-13

Proposed Bylaw resources

View the proposed Land Use Bylaw C6-20 - Schedule A

View the Special Topics Rationale - Schedule D

View the Annotated Draft Land Use Bylaw with rationale on proposed changes - Schedule E

Public Hearing

A Public Hearing for Bylaw C6-20 Land Use Bylaw is scheduled for April 14, 2020 at 2:00pm.

Public Engagement Sessions

The City held Public Engagement sessions in the fall of 2019. View the 2019 Land Use Bylaw Engagement Summary Report.