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City of Wetaskiwin approves Land Use Bylaw amendment

These amended changes are effective immediately.

At their regular Aug. 16, 2021, city council meeting, Wetaskiwin city council approved Bylaw 1997-21, which amends Land Use Bylaw 1804-13. These amended changes are effective immediately.

The land use bylaw establishes rules and regulations that determine how properties can be used or developed in the City of Wetaskiwin.

The amendment provided updates to the Land Use Bylaw 1804-13 to make the permit application process more efficient, reduce red tape, and ensure development decisions are fair and consistent.

The city has a plan to do a complete overhaul of the City’s Land Use Bylaw in 2022 pending budget approval. The amendments made at last weeks meeting serve as a temporary fix to urgent issues within Land Use Bylaw 1804-13.

“Many aspects of the Land Use Bylaw haven’t been updated since it was first introduced 22 years ago,” said Andrew Chell, Manager of Planning and Engineering with the City of Wetaskiwin.

“Since then, processes and trends have changed, so many of these amendments are intended to keep up with the times in order for permits to be processed quickly and fairly.”

The amendments to Land Use Bylaw 1804-13 include the following changes:

• Developments exempt from permit requirements;

• Sign regulations within the Urban Services district;

• Clarification of parking and loading zone regulations;

• Language changes to include inclusive pronouns.

The city says resolving these issues allows their planning department to operate more efficiently, reduce permit turnaround, improve clarity for applicants, and reduce the risk of development appeals.

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