Land Use Bylaw

Land Use Bylaw Refresh

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

View the current Consolidated Land Use Bylaw C10-13

View the current Land Use Bylaw C10-13 Land Use Map

Public Hearing for Bylaw C23-20

A Public Hearing is planned for:

Date: August 25, 2020
Time: 3:00pm
Location: To be determined

Some of the significant changes being proposed in this refresh, in addition to the minor omnibus changes, include:

  • Garage and Garden Suites in residential districts in a limited fashion
  • Secondary Suite tandem parking changes
  • Consolidation of certain residential districts and two commercial districts
  • 1.2m side yard setback for residential districts
  • Signage in commercial and residential areas
  • Creating a new use class specific to the Downtown (Retail, Office, and Entertainment), consolidating six uses into one
Speaking at the Public Hearing

If you are interested in speaking to City Council in regards to these proposals at the Public Hearing, you can register by contacting 780-992-6154.

You can also submit your written feedback by 12:00pm (noon) on August 25, 2020 by mail or email:


Mail: Planning & Development, City Hall, 10005 – 102 Street, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 2C5

For additional information, please contact Planning and Development at 780-992-6198

View the proposed Land Use Bylaw C23-20 - Schedule A

View the Special Topics Rationale - Schedule D

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

What is a Land Use Bylaw (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 the LUB? 

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. Innovations to the Land Use Bylaw
    • Adding Fundamental Use Provisions (FUP) to every land use district. Removing the use of asterisks to modify applicability of uses and replacing with a formalized Fundamental Use Provisions (FUP). 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.
    • Adding a Cottage Industry use class. This use class allows for certain start-ups and innovative rural-based economic development opportunities.
    • Adding a use class for Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries.
    • Creating a new use class specific to the Downtown (Retail, Office, and Entertainment). This use class consolidates six uses into one.
  2. Pragmatic Changes
    • 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.
    • Consolidating regulations.
    • Allowing greater tolerance pertaining to design, character, and appearance of buildings.
  3. Facilitating Effective Decision-Making
    • Removing the use of asterisks to modify applicability of uses and replacing with a formalized Fundamental Use Provision (FUP).
    • Clarifying interpretation clauses.
    • Updating signage provisions.
  4. Removing Redundancy
    • Consolidating Residential Land Use Districts (R1, R2 and R3 into a new R1; R4 and RC into a new RC). As result of the consolidation, R5 becomes R2 (Semi-detached/Duplex district). DC(A)-14 is consolidated into the new RC; and DC(A)-15 is consolidated into the new R2.
    • Consolidating two Commercial Districts into one (C2 and C3 into a new C2).
    • Eliminating repetitive regulations within the Downtown Districts.
  5. Corrections and Formatting
    • 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).
  6. Responding to Trends and Community Interest
    • Allowing for Garage and Garden Suites in certain residential Districts subject to fundamental use provisions. Introducing these two new uses provides additional Affordable Housing opportunities in the community.
    • 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 in non-residential districts.
  7. Adding Agricultural South Land Use District

Public Engagement Sessions

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