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Approval processes

Land Use Bylaw
The Land Use Bylaw is used to regulate the use and development of land and buildings within a municipality. Each municipality is divided into districts and each district allows for different uses of land and development. In order to change the land use of a parcel(s) of land or the description, the land use bylaw must undergo an amendment. The process is outlined below:

  1. Applicant must submit an application.
  2. The land use bylaw amendment will be taken to Council for 1st Reading.
  3. If Council passes 1st Reading, the land use bylaw amendment will be then be circulated to all affected parties and advertised in the newspaper for 2 weeks.
  4. A Public Hearing will be held for the land use bylaw amendment to allow any affected parties to give presentations or submissions.
  5. Council may then pass 2nd and 3rd Reading of the land use bylaw amendment.
  6. If 2nd and 3rd Reading of the land use bylaw amendment is passed by Council, the amendment will be endorsed.

Development Permits
Development permits are aligned with the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) which regulates the type of development that is permitted in each land use district. The development permit process is outlined below:

  1. The applicant must submit an application.
  2. The development plan will be reviewed and circulated.
  3. The Development Authority will make a decision on the application.
  4. If the application has to go through an appeal period, the application will be circulated to affected parties and advertised in the newspaper.
  5. If there are no appeals made, the application will be approved and a permit will be given.

Please note that all permits that require a waiver or are a discretionary use will be subject to an appeal period. Also note that any development permit can be submitted to the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) for review, recommendations, or a decision.

Subdivisions
Subdivision is the process of dividing a parcel of land into two or more parcels, each with their own legal title. All subdivision applications will be reviewed by the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) for recommendation and the MPC may also attach conditions to the approval of the subdivision. The Subdivision Authority in Taber is Town Council and the final approval for the subdivision will be made through them. The subdivision approval process is outlined below:

  1. The applicant must submit an application.
  2. The subdivision plan will be reviewed and circulated.
  3. The subdivision will be taken to MPC for recommendation.
  4. The subdivision will be taken to the Subdivision Authority for a decision.
  5. Once a decision is made, there will be an appeal period and the application will be circulated to affected parties and advertised in the newspaper.
  6. If there are no appeals, the applicant is responsible for addressing any conditions attached to the subdivision approval.
  7. Once conditions are met, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) will endorse the subdivision.
  8. Once endorsed the subdivision will be sent to Alberta Land Titles to be registered.

Appeals
Appeals can be made for subdivision and development permit applications. If an appeal is submitted, the appeal will be taken to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) for review and decision. The process for appeals is outlined below:

  1. An individual submits an appeal.
  2. The appeal will be brought to the SDAB for review.
  3. After review, the SDAB will make a decision to accept or reject the appeal.
  4. If the appeal is accepted, the subdivision or development permit application will be denied. If the appeal is rejected, the subdivision or development permit application will continue through the approval process. 

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