April 2020

COVID-19 Update to Yellowhead County Land Use Bylaw Rewrite

Given the ongoing situation around the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person public engagement events for this project have been paused. During the Issue Identification stage of this project, the project team will be evaluating the current Land Use Bylaw based on research, best practices and comparison to neighboring municipalities. Until clearance has been granted by public health officials, the project will collect resident feedback via interactive online surveys, email updates, social media posts and mail-outs.

Yellowhead County Land Use Bylaw Rewrite

Yellowhead County is updating its Land Use Bylaw. The Land Use Bylaw is the main tool that County Council and administration have to manage development on private lands within the County. The current Land Use Bylaw has over 40 land use districts that each include a list of permitted or discretionary uses that are allowed on properties of that district. It also includes general regulations on topics like parking, building setbacks, storage and signage. Finally, it defines the process that landowners can use to change the use of their land and undertake development on their property.


The new Land Use Bylaw is envisioned to be a more streamlined set of regulations that allow the County to be more flexible and innovative when approving developments while protecting the rural lifestyle valued by residents. When this project is finished, Yellowhead County will have a new Land Use Bylaw that supports good development, is easy to use, and supports applicants through the process.

Project Update


In early 2020, the Yellowhead County Planning & Development department began the process to rewrite the current Land Use Bylaw, which was adopted in 2013. The project will include multiple opportunities for members of the public to learn about the changes and provide their input on the bylaw before it is approved by Council.

Next Steps

Green Space Alliance, as the retained consultant, is beginning initial analysis and background research in collaboration with County staff.

Upon clearance from the Government of Alberta, a public open house will be planned to gather input from residents about the topics and changes that they think are important to consider moving forward.


Winter 2020
Issue Identification


Summer 2020
Technical Review


Fall 2020
Bylaw Preparation


Winter 2021
Bylaw Adoption