What is an Official Community Plan?
An Official Community Plan (OCP) is a municipal document that governs the strategic development of the municipality. The OCP is legislated through the Planning and Development Act, 2007. All development proposals must align with the OCP to be approved by Council.
The OCP was last updated in 2019. This update involved extensive community engagement, stakeholder conversations, and governance and planning review.
For a copy of the OCP and OCP Maps, please see the documents at the bottom of this webpage.
What is a Zoning Bylaw?
Whereas the OCP presents strategic goals for development in the RM, the Zoning Bylaw (ZB) outlines specific regulations and requirements for development. This includes setback distances, rules concerning signage and parking, permitted and discretionary uses, minimum and maximum site sizes, and zoning districts. The ZB is legislated through the Planning and Development Act, 2007. Altogether, all development proposals must align with the requirements outlined in the ZB to be approved by Council.
What are Zoning Districts?
Every parcel of land in the RM has a specific zoning designation that outlines what type of activities (or uses) are permitted on the parcel. All zoning districts also include discretionary uses that require Council approval.
Zoning districts are the RM's primary development tool to ensure adjacent land uses are compatible. Each zoning district includes specific development standards for development in that zone. Zoning districts are categorized into: agricultural, residential, commercial, and industrial.
For a copy of the ZB and ZB Maps, please see the documents at the bottom of this webpage.
What is a Sector Plan?
Considered a complementary document to the OCP, a Sector Plan provides additional direction for development within a specific geographic area. In late 2022, the RM adopted the Emerald Park Sector Plan to guide development and growth within the Emerald Park residential subdivision, and the Great Plains Industrial Park East and West subdivisions. All development within the Emerald Park and Great Plains Industrial Park area must conform to the OCP, the ZB, and the Emerald Park Sector Plan.
For a copy of the Emerald Park Sector Plan, please see the documents at the bottom of this webpage.
Note: All copies of the ZB, OCP, and Emerald Park Sector Plan on this website are for reference use only. Please contact the RM Planning Department at (306) 347-2975 or email@example.com for the most up-to-date version.