Project: Update the Land Use Bylaw

The Land Use Bylaw (LUB) is being reviewed over the next five years to provide greater clarity and consistency in an easy to read, updated document that reflects contemporary land use planning and development practices.
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Sign Section of the LUB – Review Update

The sign review is the first project in the LUB review. Council gave First Reading to the Land Use Bylaw amendment No. 3357/B-2018 to update the way The City regulates permanent and temporary signs at their March 5, 2018 meeting with the following changes from resolutions passed at their February 5, 2018 Council meeting:

  • 100 m minimum distance separation required between a Portable Sign and another Portable Sign; and
  • Dynamic Signs prohibited within 100 m of a residential district.

All of the information presented can be accessed at the following link, under Agenda Item #5.1:

March 5, 2018 Regular Council Meeting Agenda

Prior to consideration of Second and Third Reading (final reading) of Bylaw 3357/B-2018, Council must hold a Public Hearing, which provides an opportunity for anyone who feels they are affected by the proposed Bylaw to speak directly to Council. The Public Hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 in Council Chambers, second floor of City Hall. More information on the Public Hearing and how to submit comments, please visit our Public Hearings webpage.

Sign consultation

We are committed to ensuring everyone has their say in the review of signs and other sections of the LUB. Since April 2017, we have provided several engagement opportunities and have now drafted the signs section of the bylaw. Our consultation process is outlined in the Give Us a Sign infographic (pdf) .

Why is The City reviewing the Land Use Bylaw?

Since the Land Use Bylaw creates a “rule book” for development, it is very important it is regularly updated to make sure the rules are reasonable, effective, and reflect new trends in building and site design. As it is a multi-year project, the Land Use Bylaw review will be divided into projects (in no particular order):

  • Sign Review;
  • Parking Review;
  • Landscaping and Design Review;
  • Development Standards Review; and
  • Land Use District Review.

What is a Land Use Bylaw?

A Land Use Bylaw (or LUB) is a document developed by each municipality in Alberta that outlines the rules in which land can be used and developed. This is done by dividing The City into land use districts, or zones, (e.g. commercial, industrial, and residential) and lists the types of land uses that can happen in each district, where buildings can be located, how high buildings can be, the amount of landscaping and parking that must be provided, and much more.

How does the Land Use Bylaw review impact me?

Whether you are a resident, business owner or manager, or landowner in Red Deer, changes to the LUB may affect you in a number of ways. The LUB provides the rules on what you can build and where, and what types of uses may occur on your property and those next to you, and shapes the future of the city. For these reasons, it is very important that you be involved throughout the LUB review and provide your comments and suggestions.

How to participate in the LUB review

We are committed to ensuring everyone has their say in the review, and that feedback is considered along with other factors updating the LUB. Your ongoing input is encouraged:

  • Check back here regularly to learn what’s new and how you can provide your input.
  • Keep an eye out in local media to learn about input opportunities.
  • Registered landowners will receive mail outs when the topic is specific to their area.
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Jolene Tejkl, Senior Planner
LUB Review Project Lead
Phone: 403-406-8700