Big Lakes County adopts development bylaws

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

A new municipal development plan and updated land-use bylaw for Big Lakes County is a reality after nearly two years of community consultation.
At its Apr. 26 meeting, county council adopted the bylaws for the MDP and LUB.
Among the additions to the land-use bylaw, the county introduces garden suites and allows a maximum of four hens and four ducks on residential properties in hamlets.
A medical marijuana facility has been added, to be allowed in the rural industrial district as a discretionary use for the purposes of propagating, storing, processing or distributing marijuana for medical purposes. Such facilities are strictly regulated by Health Canada.
Three new land-use districts were created: Communal Recreation, Highway Commercial and Rural Industrial. The Commercial Industrial district has been deleted.
Alternative energy and tourism are key drivers suggested in the draft MDP, to help sustain the county’s economy in the future.
“The county’s natural environment provides many opportunities for outdoor tourism activities,” the MDP states.
An analysis of tourism trends in the region indicates opportunities for growth in the tourism and recreation sector.

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