Directory of Planning and Development Policies and Resources

In making decisions regarding issues of planning and development, municipalities have much to consider, including federal and provincial legislation, environmental and historical impacts and the approved policies of the municipality itself. Section 638.2 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) requires all municipalities within Alberta to have a listing of all policies and bylaws not approved under Part 17 of the MGA that influence Planning decisions available on their public websites:

  • A listing of all the municipalities' approved policies which relate to planning and development (Part 17 of the MGA)
  • A summary of these policies, how they relate to each other and to other statutory plans and bylaws
  • Any documents incorporated by reference in any such bylaws

The following is a directory of all approved policies of the Town of Coaldale, which relate to planning and development (Part 17 of the MGA) within the town.

Master Plans and Development Bylaws and Procedures:

All local statutory plans must be aligned with the Provincial South Saskatchewan Regional Plan. At the top of the municipal planning hierarchy there are numerous master plans such as the Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) and the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) (referred to in Coaldale as the ‘Town Plan’)  that generally address the co-ordination of land use, future growth patterns and transportation and infrastructure.  These master plans are carried out through the adoption of other plans and bylaws that facilitate the implementation of these planning documents.

Subdivision and Development Authorities Bylaws:

Outside of the Land Use Bylaw, there are other bylaws that establish additional development authorities.  These authorities provide the ability for the Town to effectively administer and manage the regulatory framework represented by the LUB.

Additional Bylaws and Policies that Influence Development:

There are numerous policies and bylaws that relate to the finer details of land development and the issuing of development permits.  These policies are often related to construction practices and the enforcement of standards.  

Subdivision and Development Applications and Checklists


Checklists and Procedural Information

Area Structure Plans (ASP) and Concept Schemes: 

The purpose of ASPs, Outline Plans, and Concept Schemes is to provide a framework for subdivision and development (build-out) of a previously undeveloped area of land.  ASPs, Outline Plans, and Concept Schemes describe the orderly phasing of development, the land uses to be developed and their densities or intensity of development, and sets out the general location of major transportation routes and public utilities.  These plans would influence development permits and subdivisions applications. Policies may be taken into account when drafting these plans, or in some instances, the plans prompt the creation of new policies and procedures.  

Area Redevelopment Plans (ARP):

An ARP is a statutory plan that guides the redevelopment, preservation and rehabilitation of an existing neighbourhood.  ARPs provide a planning framework to guide redevelopment decisions within a defined area of the Town. While there are no ARP’s in Coaldale currently, once one or more ARP(s) is developed for a particular area, this is where they will be listed. 


Transportation is linked to all aspects of daily life in Coaldale, as are the provision, routing and planning of potable, storm, and sanitary water systems. The community’s economic and social wellbeing depends greatly on its infrastructure providing safe, efficient and sustainable servicing for the community.  The Town has a number of plans, studies and bylaws that aim to achieve safe, efficient and sustainable infrastructure as Coaldale grows and changes over the long term.  These plans may influence development permit applications, subdivision approvals, and the preparation of statutory plans. 

Parks and Recreation:

These plans help to provide guidance for passive and active recreational opportunities in Coaldale, and may be referenced in other planning documents such as ASPs, Outline Plans, Concept Schemes, and subdivision and development permit applications. 

Development Guidelines: