Thank you to everyone who provided feedback!

Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback and input on the Land Use Bylaw Project. The First Reading Draft of the Land Use Bylaw is now available for the public to review. Please click here to access the document.

August 2021

On July 27, 2021, Yellowhead County Council gave First Reading to the Land Use Bylaw (Bylaw 09.21). Council approved Administration’s recommendation to bring the Land Use Bylaw to public hearing on September 14, 2021.

The public hearing is your opportunity to share your feedback on the Land Use Bylaw with Council

Thank you to everyone who participated in Survey #3!

April 2021

Thank you to the 540 people who took the time to give us their thoughts on the proposed bylaw regulations for secondary suites, additional dwellings, sea cans, home businesses and gravel pits. Your input is greatly appreciated as we finish drafting the bylaw.

Please see the Survey #3 Response Summary for detailed survey results.

Survey #3 is now live!

March 2021

The project team is proceeding with public engagement on the proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw. Please complete the survey online or request a copy at the County offices to provide your input on some of the key changes being considered by the team.

Focus Group Results

November 2020

The results of the four focus groups that were held at the end of October in Hinton and Edson are available online now. Have a read through them to see what local residents and industry stakeholders had to say about specific land use bylaw topics. The document is available here.

Thank you to the almost 600 people who took the time to complete our online survey #2!

September 2020

The project team is now busy analyzing responses and will be using the information from this survey, plus the focus groups hosted at the end of October to help develop a first draft of the new bylaw. Keep an eye out here and on the County website and social media channels for up-to-date information on the project as it proceeds.

“Citizen Survey #2 is now closed. Please see the Survey #2 Response Summary for the detailed survey results.”

Public Focus Groups

October 2020

The land use bylaw rewrite is proceeding into Phase 2 with precedent research and engagement on project opportunities now completed. The result of work completed to-date can be found on this website under the Documents Tab.

Phase 2 of the project includes additional engagement with industry stakeholders as well as members of the public about the specific issues that were identified in Phase 1. More information about planned public consultation events can be found here.

West Focus Group

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: People’s Centre, Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre, Hinton (805 Switzer Dr.)


East Focus Group

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Galloway Station Museum and Travel Centre, Edson (223 55 St. Edson)

COVID-19 Update

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.

Project Documents

Survey #3 Response Summary

Focus Group Summary Results

Transect Precedent Review

Background Panels

Survey #2 Response Summary

Steering Committee Meeting #1

Survey #1 Response Summary

Background and FAQ

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 is in the process of analyzing specific land use bylaw topics and beginning the process of developing draft bylaw regulations.
The project team will also be hosting a public survey as well as a series of public focus group sessions in October 2020. More information on the survey and focus groups can be found in the Project Information Tab of the website.

Winter 2020
Issue Identification


Summer 2020
Technical Review


Fall 2020
Bylaw Preparation


Winter 2021
Bylaw Adoption