Planning & Development
Planning and Development Services ensures the orderly and maintainable development of the Town of Stettler.
The Planning and Development Department:
- Assists with matters pertaining to development, plans of subdivision, site plan reviews, certificates of compliance, zoning bylaws and other planning and land use related matters.
- Monitors and updates various regulatory planning documents for the Town of Stettler including the Growth Study, Municipal Sustainability Plan, the Municipal Development Plan, various Area Structure Plans and the Land Use Bylaw.
- Provides professional planning services to Town Council, the Municipal Planning Commission and the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board as well to external agencies, builders, developers, and landowners.
Plans, Bylaws, & Policies
A Statutory Plan is one described in the Municipal Government Act (MGA). It includes Intermunicipal Developments Plans, Municipal Development Plans, Area Structure Plans and Area Redevelopment Plans. Statutory Plans are regulated by the MGA and are required by municipalities at different times; some plans are dependant on size of municipality while others are influenced by bordering municipalties.
Municipal Development Plan: The overall purpose of the Stettler Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is to guide future growth and development by laying out a plan of future land use and ensuring growth in the community is sustainable, orderly, appropriate, complementary, efficient, and that it enhances the quality of life for the citizens of Stettler. The MDP provides Council the oppertunity to evaluate immediate situations or proposals in the context of a long range plan for Stettler.
Intermunicipal Development Plan: The Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is the result of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Town of Stettler and Stettler County No. 6, public input workshops, and several negotiation sessions between the two Councils. This plan was created to outline a framework for cooperativley moving forward with growth, long range plannign and areas of common planning interest, annexation of lands in the short and long term, economic development, servicing and transportation, preservation of natural capital, and other matters that are of joint interest for the Town and County of Stettler.
Town and County Memorandum of Understanding: On January 13, 2009 the Councils of the Town of Stettler and the County of Stettler No. 6 agreed to enter into a memorandum of understanding regarding matters related to; (1) maintaining a relationship of cooperation, collaboration and coordination; (2) the preparation of an Intermunicipal Development Plan; (3) the annexation of Land by the Town of Stettler and compensation for annexation, and; (4) recreation cost sharing.
Sustainability Plan: In undertaking this plan, the Town of Stettler has chosen to build upon its positive experiences and projects by examining the challenges and opportunities for the region through the lens of sustainability, with the intent of enhancing its operations to address new provincial and federal directions with respect to the five dimensions of sustainability. Through future policy directions, this will ultimately lead to a corporate strategy that will move the Town along the path toward a more sustainable future.
Growth Study: The purpose of this study is to review current and future growth trends and to identify recommended future urban growth areas for the Town of Stettler. This study is not intended to establish Council’s policy for future growth, but will be used as input to the Town’s existing Municipal Development Plan, future joint planning activities with the County of Stettler, and future annexation considerations.
Area Structure Plans: The purpose of an Area Structure Plan (ASP) is to act as a guide for future subdivision and development within the site area. ASPs, like MDPs, are used to guide future growth, land use and servicing but on a smaller scale as they typically target one subdivision. The Area Structure Plans should be interpreted as conceptual only. The exact layout of the roads and lots will be determined at the time of development following engineering standards as well as applicable bylaws and regulations. To view the Area Structure Plans please click the links below:
The following bylaws are relevant to the planning, development and subdivision processes:
The following policies are relevant to the planning, development and subdivision processes:
Building Permit Information
Application for Building Permit Information
Applications can be made at the Town of Stettler Office.
If not provided at the time of development permit application, three sets of building plans are required that describe the following:
- Architectural approval stamp (if required)
- Elevations (Front, Side, and Rear)
- Floor Plan, including the room sizes and window sizes
- Cross Section
- Foundation details
The following information may be required for manufactured components of construction or for smaller scaled developments without engineered plans:
- Letter from Supplier
- Roof Truss Schematics
- Mobile Home Information Form
- Foundation Layout/Materials Form
- Sample Cross Section Information Form
- Construction Details Form
- Wood Burning Information Form
Fees for building permits are calculated at $5.00 for every $1,000 of construction costs plus a 4.0% safety codes levy. Construction Values are calculated in accordance with the most current fee schedule (see fee schedule on right). Work may commence when appropriate information and fees have been obtained from the applicant.
For further information on Building Code standards, and what types of development require building permits contact the Town’s Safety Codes Officer (IJD Inspections).
All other construction permits (Electrical, Gas, and Plumbing) must be obtained from a certified inspector.
Development Permit Information
Development Permit Process
Typical development requiring a permit includes all structural buildings, accessory buildings, relocations, additions, renovations, covered decks, signs, change of building use, and home occupations. All development that is considered a permitted use under the current Land Use Bylaw requires approval from the Town of Stettler Development Authority. Development that is considered a discretionary use under the Land Use Bylaw requires approval from the Towns Municipal Planning Commission.
Application for Development Required Information
- Site Plan: (Please Include the Following)
North Arrow, Scale, Legal Description, Civic Address
- Property lines shown and labelled, location of sidewalks/curbs
- Location of any all buildings dimensioned to property line existing/proposed
- Landscaping existing/proposed, parking existing/proposed
- Abutting lanes and streets shown and labelled
- Location of all utilities, light standards, and easements if known
If possible provide floor plans, elevations, perspective views of the building (including exterior finishing materials), and proof of ownership or authority to apply for development Important reminders: Location of property pins, lot grading information, number off-street parking stalls provided, and location of services/utilities
Development Permit Fees
|Residential Development Permits||$75.00|
|Multi Family Development Permits||$75.00(+25.00/unit)|
|Commercial Development Permit||$125.00|
|Industrial Development Permit||$125.00|
|Institutional Development Permit||$125.00|
|Municipal Planning Commission Required||$50.00|
Timelines Required for Development Process
A decision by the Development Authority for a development must be given in writing within 40 days of receiving an application. If required information is provided at time of application processing time may be reduced. Approved development permit applications are advertised as required by the Municipal Government Act. Approved applications are subject to a 14 day appeal period. Following the 14 day appeal period a Building Permit must be obtained if construction is involved.
Land Sale Information
The newest phase of the Emmerson Subdivision has been designed with the concept of providing mixed residential land uses and emphasizing a safe family community. Emmerson is located within walking distance to Stettler’s schools, the west end commercial district, and downtown. All new lots in this subdivision will have park frontage. This park will include two ponds, a tot lot, and paths that will tie into 2000 meters of the Towns newly created trail network, which will link Emmerson to West Stettler Park.
The Meadowlands is Stettler’s newest residential subdivision, which has been designed with the concept of providing a safe family community. The Meadowlands is conveniently located near a brand new twin ice Recreation Centre Complex that also houses a newly developed Public Library and Swimming Complex. Within walking distance is the West Stettler Park, which has a stocked fishpond, picnic area and walking path around the pond.
This is a great place to take the opportunity to view a variety of waterfowl that inhabit the Stettler area. The Stettler Lions Park Campground is located to the east of the West Stettler Park and adjacent to the Campground is the Stettler Elks 9-hole golf course. For those who enjoy browsing through museums the Stettler Town and Country Museum is located across the street to the north of the Meadowlands which lends itself to a very eye appealing view. Further development in this area will include the Town of Stettler’s District Sports Park, which will include three official size ball diamonds, two soccer fields, RV parking, and will be tied into the Towns extensive trail network.
If you would like to obtain further information on purchasing a lot or future development in Meadowlands or Emmerson, please contact:
Leann Graham at 403-742-8305.
Note: Lot prices are subject to change without notice; please confirm with the Town of Stettler at time of sale
What is Subdivision?
A subdivision is required when a piece of land is divided into two or more titles. Examples of this might include instances where a commercial land owner wishes to split their lot in half to develop another business or when a developer wishes to create a multi-lot subdivision for the construction of several homes.
In order to allow for the subdivision to occur there are several administrative and legal changes that must take place, therefore, a process is in place to ensure that these changes are accurately implemented.
A homeowner might apply for subdivision where:
- A boundary adjustment is desired and the owners of both affected properties are in agreement;
- The owner wishes to split two or more separate properties into separate titles where two or more properties are on the same title and the subdivision was registered at Alberta Land Titles prior to 1950;
- The owner wishes to split a parcel into one or more new parcels and all of the resulting parcels would comply with the requirements of the Land Use Bylaw respecting minimum lot size.
Subdivisions are subject to the requirements of the Municipal Government Act, Subdivision and Development Regulations, Land Use Bylaw, Municipal Development Plan and other legislation and regulations.
Consolidation might be requested where an owner has two or more adjacent properties and wishes to combine them to accommodate a development or sale of the property.
The fees associated with subdivision applications are as follows:
|Subdivision Application|| $200.00 + $100.00
for each newly created parcel
Please see the Subdivision Application Form and requried information on the right hand side of this page.
If you have any questions pertaining to subdivisions please contact Leann Graham at the Town of Stettler by e-mail at email@example.com or by calling the office at (403) 742-8305.
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