Since the new County Council began their term in October, a key priority has been to review, and potentially amend – the legacy Land Use Bylaw.
The County’s foundational legislative document, the Land Use Bylaw regulates the use, stewardship and development of land, buildings and road systems in alignment with statutory plans and Federal legislation.
“There is a new Council, and this Council has a new vision for collaboration – both internally and with all County stakeholders,” remarked County Reeve Joe Blakeman. “By reviewing the existing Land Use Bylaw, we’re looking for ways to resolve or mitigate a variety of issues that affect ratepayers. Changes are coming; Council is working closely with Administration to determine just what these changes look like and how quickly they can be implemented.”
County administrators have provided Council with the current Land Use Bylaw for review and determination of future direction. Council is in the process of examining the legacy bylaw document to look for greater efficiencies, better alignment with evolving Federal regulations, and land use regulation that work for the residents and business owners of the County.
“Our twin goals on Council are to help preserve the things that make Lac Ste. Anne County great; and to foster planned, efficient and beneficial development that makes us even better,” continued Reeve Blakeman. “A sensible, relevant Land Use Bylaw will allow us to do just that.”
Amendments to the County’s Land Use Bylaw are added on a regular basis as required. Ratepayers are encouraged to take part in the process by attending Public Hearings and Open Houses to discuss the Land Use Bylaw and proposed changes thereto. Any public engagement activities will be advertised via the County website and the Lac Ste. Anne Bulletin. Pending amendments to the existing Land Use Bylaw, if and when they are directed by Council, are slated to be in place by early fall.