Red Deer County is hosting a series of four public open houses focussing on amendments to the Municipal Development Plan. The first two open houses were held on August 20 and 27. The purpose of the open houses is to give the public an opportunity to provide their input on various proposed amendments to the current Red Deer County Municipal Development Plan which was approved in 2012.
The proposed amendments ensure the Plan is current, relevant, and reflective of the community’s vision for the future development of the County. In addition, the Province recently amended the Municipal Government Act; therefore, the MDP must also be amended to reflect and comply with the revised Act.
The County recently conducted a rural survey and public input sessions in 2019 and 2020 focusing specifically on the subdivision of agricultural land. The results from that survey, which garnered immense interest and participation among rural landowners, also provided direction for proposed policy amendments to key areas within the Plan; specifically those related to rural subdivision. In response, a few minor but important amendments have been proposed to policies involving rural subdivision.
Other proposed amendments include the creation of a separate policy section for hamlets. There are also new policies to allow for use of new planning tools, such as Conservation Reserve and Brownfield redevelopment incentives that were recently added to the revised Municipal Government Act. Amendments to the future growth concept and Confined Feeding Operation exclusion maps are also being proposed.
If you were unable to attend the first two public open house sessions that were held in August, you still have an opportunity to do so on September 16 and 24. Both sessions are being held at Red Deer County Centre from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. If you wish to view the DRAFT Municipal Development Plan you may view it on the County’s website at www.rdcounty.ca/planningprojects or contact us at email@example.com. We sincerely appreciate your continued involvement in this important Planning matter.