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M.D. of Bonnyville initiates land use bylaw review and update

The Municipal District of Bonnyville has commenced a comprehensive review and update of the Land Use Bylaw No. 1667, signalling a proactive approach to aligning municipal regulations with evolving community needs and development trends. 


As mandated by provincial legislation, all municipalities are required to maintain a Land Use Bylaw alongside other statutory plans, such as Municipal Development Plans and Area Structure Plans. Recognizing the necessity for periodic revisions to accommodate changing circumstances, the M.D. has embarked on this initiative to ensure that its regulatory framework remains relevant and effective.  


The current land use bylaw, adopted over seven years ago, has undergone minor amendments and additions over time. However, an overarching update is now deemed essential to integrate recent revisions to other statutory plans, address emerging development trends, and meet the evolving needs of the community. This endeavor also aims to ensure compliance with provincial legislation and incorporate best practices in land use planning.  


The M.D. has engaged Stantec Consulting’s expertise to facilitate this comprehensive review. The undertaking is expected to span nine to twelve months, during which Stantec will collaborate closely with municipal stakeholders to gather input, analyze data and draft proposed revisions.  

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Community engagement lies at the heart of this initiative, with the M.D. emphasizing the importance of soliciting input from residents to shape the updated Land Use Bylaw. Two open houses have been scheduled in May to provide opportunities for public participation.  


Wednesday, May 8 – Eastbourne Hall, 6 pm to 8 pm 

Thursday, May 9 – Riverhurst Hall, 6 pm to 8 pm 


In addition to these events, the M.D. will keep residents informed through various channels, including the M.D.’s residents’ newsletter Rural Review, local newspapers, the official website and social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram @mdbonnyville and X @mdbville. The public is encouraged to actively engage in the process and provide feedback directly to the project team throughout the review period.  


Regular updates on the progress of the Land Use Bylaw review will be provided at council meetings, which are open to the public and accessible for viewing on the M.D.’s YouTube Channel. 

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