What is the Land Use Bylaw (LUB)?

Alberta's Municipal Government Act requires that all municipalities in the province adopt a Land Use Bylaw (LUB). The LUB regulates the use and development of land and buildings within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

The purpose of the LUB is to:

  • Divide the Municipality into land use districts
  • Determine the set of rules for each land use district, including permitted and discretionary uses
  • Establish the development permit and rezoning process
  • Regulate standards for the height, size, and location of buildings
  • Determine parking, signage, landscaping, and urban design standards
  • Implement the vision of the Municipal Development Plan and Area Structure Plans

Land Use Bylaws are regularly updated by municipalities to ensure the regulations align with current provincial legislation, development trends and strategic planning priorities. These comprehensive reviews usually occur every 5-10 years.

Why update the LUB?

The current LUB (Bylaw No. 99/059) was adopted in 1999. Although several amendments have been made since then, the bylaw requires updates to better reflect the region's needs. An update to the LUB is necessary to:

  • Align with the Municipal Development Plan and Area Structure Plans
  • Remove inconsistencies
  • Consider new development trends
  • Create a document that is user-friendly


Why are we talking about this again?

Engagement on this draft LUB first began in 2016, however progress on the project was interrupted by delays including the Horse River Fire, 2020 flood, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The changes in this draft bylaw are based on feedback from residents, developers, entrepreneurs, businesses, and Indigenous partners over many years. The draft LUB is expected to go to Council in fall 2024 and, before it does, we wanted to take this opportunity to check in with the public and targeted groups.

Want more information about how updates to the LUB will impact your community? Please review the Summary of Changes documents in the Documents section.




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