Land Use Bylaw 1808

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Let us know what you think about the proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw.Land Use Bylaw 1808 Postponed

Kneehill County’s Land Use Bylaw has been reviewed and revised in order to reflect Council’s current Strategic Plan and vision for the County. Some changes to the Bylaw include new land use districts, new definitions, changes to subdivisions and new regulations that allow for RV storage facilities in the County, and hens in Kneehill County hamlets.

Read through some highlights of the proposed changes below, and email your comments, questions or concerns to the Planning Department.

Please note: The Draft Land Use Bylaw Open House scheduled for April 2, 2020, has been postponed due to COVID-19. Please provide your comments through our online form, or email the Planning Department.

Use the side arrows to scroll through some of the proposed Land Use Bylaw changes.

HensHens

Under the new Land Use Bylaw, Hens
will be permitted in Country Residential,
Ex-Hamlet, Hamlet Residential, and Hamlet General Districts.


Please note:

  1. Hen License and Premises Identification Number is required.
  2. Hens are permitted in:
    • County Residential,
    • Ex-Hamlet,
    • Hamlet Residential, and
    • Hamlet General Districts.
  3. Applicant must reside on the property.
  4. License not transferable.
  5. Hens must be kept in a “Coop.”
  6. Hens must be provided with space described in Land Use Bylaw.
  7. At least one nest box per coop and one perch per hen.
  8. Hens to be kept in the coop at all times.
  9. Hens not to be released into the wild or buried on the property.
  10. No person shall:
    • Keep a rooster.
    • Keep a hen that is not licenced.
    • Sell eggs, manure, meat, or other products.
    • Slaughter a hen on the property.
    • Dispose of a hen.
    • Keep a hen in any shelter other than a coop.
  11. Refer to Animal Control Bylaw for further information.

REFER TO THE DRAFT LAND USE BYLAW FOR MORE DETAILS.

Comments or questions about Hens in Hamlets? Council wants to hear from you.
Fill out our online form, or email your feedback to the Planning Department. 

Health and Public Services District

The purpose of this district is to provide areas where the uses and facilities are used by the public, or are essential services.  This includes but is not limited to health, religious and other institutional facilities and services.


Permitted Uses
(a) Accessory Building
(b) Massage Therapy Service
(c) Optometrist Services
(d) Personal Services Facility
(e) Move-on Building
(f) Office
(g) Public Library
(h) Solar, Private- Ground Mounted
Discretionary Uses
(a) Accessory Use
(b) Adult Care Facility
(c) Chiropractic Clinic
(d) Counselling Services
(e) Fire Service
(f) Group Home, Major
(g) Group Home, Minor
(h) Health Services Facility
(i) Medical Clinic
(j) Place of Worship


medical clinic

REFER TO THE DRAFT LAND USE BYLAW FOR MORE DETAILS.

Comments or questions about Health and Public Services Districts? Council wants to hear from you! Fill out our online form, or email your feedback to the Planning Department.  

Recreational Vehicle Storage 

MAJOR

  1. Lot must be 20 acres or more.
  2. Development application must include a site plan, screening and drainage plan. 
  3. Site to be bermed, with a screened fence on top.
  4. The site must be graded with top soil removed and stored on site.
  5. Minimum 4 inch gravel base on storage area.
  6. Trips to site restricted to:
  7. Monday to Saturday 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
  8. Sunday and Statutory holidays 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  9. Parcel shall include an occupied dwelling.
  10. No pumping or washing on site.
  11. Site to be reclaimed once it is no longer an RV storage site
  12. The development permit will indicate the maximum number of RVs on siteRV Storage
  13. RV storage sites are for storage only not occupation of the units.

MINOR

  1. Lot must be 20 acres or more
  2. Maximum 50 RVs
  3. The parcel shall include an occupied dwelling.
  4. Storage area must be located beside or to the rear of the dwelling.
  5. The development permit to include a site plan and a screening plan.
  6. No pumping or washing on site.
  7. The development permit will indicate the maximum number of RVs on site
  8. RV storage sites are for storage only not occupation of the units.

REFER TO LAND USE BYLAW FOR MORE DETAILS

Comments or questions about Recreational Vehicle Storage? Council wants to hear from you! Fill out our online form, or email your feedback to the Planning Department. 

Reduction of Subdivisions from 5 to 3
per Quarter Section

Density:

  1. Maximum of three (3) lots per quarter section,
  2. Only one dwelling unit per lot
  3. Maximum total area of subdivided parcels of 10 acres
  4. Applicant is required to build road if it is on an undeveloped road allowance
  5.  Approval may be given to an application for subdivision on a parcel of land that is separated from the balance of the land by a road, railway, creek or body of water
  6. Larger subdivisions, where the use is agricultural, may be considered when there are two or more well-defined existing uses

RV’s as Living Accommodation in Hamlets

  • RVs are NOT permitted for living or sleeping accommodation for longer than 14 days.

Manufactured Housing- Type 2

  • Relocatable industrial buildings are prohibited as dwellings
  • Park models are for seasonal use only unless four-season status is provided

REFER TO THE LAND USE BYLAW FOR MORE DETAILS

Comments or questions about these changes? Council wants to hear from you!
Fill out our online form, or email your feedback to the Planning Department. 

Land Use Bylaw 1808: Documents

The Draft Land Use Bylaw, Maps and documents detailing proposed changes are provided below for your reference.

Land Use Bylaw 1808:
New Definitions

  • “Amusement and Entertainment Services” means those developments, having a room area or building used indoors or outdoors for the purpose of providing entertainment and amusement to patrons on a commercial fee for admission/service basis.  Typical uses and facilities would include carnivals, and drive-in motion picture theatres.  This use class includes seasonal events.
  • “Animal Nuisance” means and includes any use of or activity upon any premises which is offensive to any person acting reasonably, or has or may be reasonably expected to have a detrimental impact upon any person or other premises in the neighbourhood or is an imminent danger to public health or safety, or materially depreciates the value of other land or improvements on adjacent land, and may include the following:
    • noise;
    • trespass upon property;
    • threat to public health;
    • accumulation of animal waste;
    • accumulation of material contaminated by animal waste;
    • inappropriate disposal of dead stock;
    • lack of adequate containment or shelter;
    • which in the opinion of an Enforcement Officer, having regard for all circumstances is obnoxious or likely to unreasonably detract from the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of persons or property within the boundaries of the County.
  • “Cabin” means a single detached dwelling with a maximum floor area of 65.03 m2 (700 ft2) which is used for a seasonal recreational residence.  This use does not include manufactured dwellings, holiday trailers, motor homes and similar recreation vehicles, boarding or lodging houses.
  • “Cannabis Micro Cultivation Facility” means the licensee can cultivate any variety of cannabis, produce cannabis seeds, cannabis plants, and fresh and dried cannabis. The area used for cultivation must be less than 200m2 (2152.78 ft2).
  • “Cannabis Micro Processing Facility” means a small scale production of cannabis products and/or the packaging and labelling of products for sale to the public. Small scale is defined as using less than the equivalent of 600 kilograms of dried cannabis a year.
  • “Cannabis Standard Cultivation Facility” means the licensee can cultivate any variety of cannabis, produce cannabis seeds, cannabis plants, and fresh and dried cannabis.
  • “Cannabis Standard Processing Facility” means a large-scale production of cannabis products (e.g. cannabis oil) and/or the packaging and labelling of products for sale to the public.
  • “Communication Tower” means a tower federally regulated by Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada under the Radiocommunication Act. Communications towers may include cell towers, wireless internet towers, and oil/gas communications towers.
  • “Community Garden” means a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. Community gardens utilize either individual or shared plots on private or public land.
  • “Counseling Services” means therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with specific life questions/issues.  Common services include but are not limited to: marriage and family, guidance and career, rehabilitation, mental health, substance abuse, and educational counseling.
  • “Culinary Herb Production” means the commercial production of ready-to-eat culinary herbs and spices.
  • “Data Centre” means a building, dedicated space within a building, or a group of buildings used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. It generally includes backup components and infrastructure for power supply, data communication connections, environmental controls (e.g. air conditioning, fire suppression) and various security devices. May include encryption and processing for blockchain transactions.
  • “Exempt” means development that does not require a Development Permit if it meets all requirements of this Bylaw.
  • “Gas and Oilfield Services Business, Minor” means a business that provides limited support services to oilfield and pipeline operations.  Typical services in this use include but are not limited to, hot shots, inspection, maintenance, testing, well conditioning, well logging, x-ray and diagnostic cathodic protection wireline services or other such similar services.  This use does not include the use or storage of toxic, explosive or radioactive materials.
  • “General Municipal Servicing Standard” Provides the minimum specific requirements to assist the County and a potential developer in the design, preparation and submission of plans and specifications for approval and/or construction of Municipal Improvements and Systems that will meet the servicing requirements for commercial, industrial and residential subdivision and development within the County.
  • “Group Care Facility” means a supervised residential dwelling unit, licensed or approved under Provincial legislation, for the accommodation of persons, excluding staff, referred by hospitals, courts, government agencies or recognized social service agencies or health professionals.
  • “Group Home, Limited” means a development consisting of the use of a building as a facility which is recognized, authorized, licensed or certified by a public authority as a social care facility intended to provide room and board for six (6) residents or less, excluding staff, for foster children or disabled persons, or for persons with physical, mental, social or behavioural problems, and which may be for the personal rehabilitation of its residents either through self-help or professional care, guidance and supervision.  The residential character of the development shall be primary with the occupants living together as a single housekeeping group and using cooking facilities shared in common.  The use class does not include treatment facilities such as detoxification centres.
  • “Group Home, Major” means a development consisting of the use of a building as a facility which is recognized, authorized, licensed or certified by a public authority as a social care facility intended to provide room and board for seven (7) residents or more, excluding staff, for foster children or disabled persons, or for persons with physical, mental, social or behavioural problems, and which may be for the personal rehabilitation of its residents either through self-help or professional care, guidance and supervision.  The residential character of the development shall be primary with the occupants living together as a single housekeeping group using cooking facilities shared in common.
  • “Hemp Processing” means the processing of industrial hemp into products used for textiles, cordage, paper products, animal bedding, garden mulch, fuel and an assortment of building materials.
  • “Hen License” means a license issued by the Development Authority authorizing the license holder to keep Hens on a specific property permitted as a use within this bylaw.
  • “Industrial Storage” means moderate to extensive open storage or stockpiling of raw materials, vehicles and machinery that may be partly or wholly visible off an industrial site.
  • “Landscaping, Commercial” means a business that encompasses a full spectrum of services that modifies the visible features of an area of land, including living elements, such as flora or fauna.  May include indoor and outdoor storage of products for purchase.
  • “Massage Therapy Service” means the use of massage for health-related purposes, including to relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and aid general wellness.  It involves manipulating the soft tissues of the body to manage a health condition or enhance wellness.
  • “May” is a discretionary term, providing notification that the regulation in question can be enforced if the County chooses to do so, and is usually dependent on the particular circumstances of the specific parcel and application.
  • “Meat Market/Butcher” means a person who may slaughter animals, prepare standard cuts of meat and poultry for retail sale.
  • “Mobile Vendor” means a self-contained vehicle, trailer or stand that is capable of being moved from one location to another that is equipped to prepare, serve and sell food, or goods.  The mobile vendor is on a specific location for a period of seven (7) consecutive days or more.
  • “Overlay District” means additional development regulations superimposed on specific areas of the County, which supersede or add to the development regulations of the District for which the land is designated under this Bylaw.  The Overlay Districts are contained in Part of this Bylaw.
  • “Recreational Vehicle Park” means a planned development for the short-term use of recreational vehicles with a higher level of service provided than in a campground.  The recreational vehicle park shall not be used as year-round storage or accommodation for residential use.  A recreational vehicle park may be developed in association with related recreational activities such as hiking or riding trails, picnic grounds, boating facilities and playgrounds.
  • “Recreational Vehicle Storage, Major” means a compound created for storage exceeding 50 units on a parcel of land greater than 8.1 ha (20 acres) for recreation vehicles and equipment such as boats, seadoos, trailers and ATVs.
  • “Recreational Vehicle Storage, Minor” means a compound created for storage limited to a maximum of 50 units, for recreational vehicles and equipment such as boats, seadoos, trailers, and ATVs.
  • “Relocatable Industrial Accommodation” means a building providing accommodation for an industrial workforce living and working in a temporary location, but does not apply to manufactured homes, prefabricated single-family dwelling units, or other types of prefabricated or manufactured buildings.  These Industrial Accommodations cannot be considered for a permanent dwelling or be located where the workforce will be at a permanent location.
  • “Secondary Suite” means a second self-contained dwelling unit located within a detached principal dwelling unit.  The secondary suite must have a separate entrance from the principal building, either from a common indoor landing or directly from the exterior of the building.  A secondary suite shall include a cooking area, a sleeping area, and sanitary facilities.
  • “Security/Operator Suite” means a secondary building or portion of a building used to provide on-site accommodation by the employer for persons employed on the property, a residence for the site caretaker or operator of a commercial or industrial establishment, or for the on-duty security personnel at a storage facility when permitted in the District.  No more than one Security/Operator Suite is permitted on a site.
  • “Shall” is a directive term that indicates that the actions outlined are mandatory and therefore must be complied with, without discretion.
  • “Should” is a directive term that provides direction to strive to achieve the outlined action but is not mandatory.  When the regulation is directed to the developer, the onus is on the applicant to justify whey the desired action/result is not proposed and/or will not be achieved.
  • “Similar and Compatible Uses” means those uses, which in the opinion of the Development Authority, are similar to one of the Permitted or Discretionary uses and which conform to the general purpose of the district.
  • “Solar, Generation Facility” means an energy resource created by solar panels where the capacity of the facility designed to be commercial is for the sole purpose of creating power to put back into the grid.
  • “Solar, Private” Ground Mounted – means a solar array designed to create an energy resource to power private use buildings only.  These arrays are fixed to the ground typically with screw piles.
  • “Storage Rental Facility” means storage facilities for rent or lease of space to individuals usually for storing of household goods or to small businesses usually storing excess inventory or archived records. 
  • “Wool Processing” means the method of using raw wool and converting it into cleaned, graded yarn or wool products for retail sales.