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Statutory Plans

A Statutory Plan is a legal document that must go through three readings and a public hearing before it is adopted. Once adopted, there is a legal obligation on the part of both the municipality and residents to adhere to the plan.

  • Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF)
  • Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDPs)
  • Municipal Development Plan (MDP)
  • Area Structure Plans (ASP)
  • Area Redevelopment Plans (ARP)

Non-Statutory Plans

Non-Statutory Plans are Bylaws passed by Resolution. They are often developed to help encourage a certain direction for development or growth in a particular area.

  • Municipal Sustainability Plan (MSP)

Hierarchy of Plans

  • Municipalities, except those that are members of a growth management board, must have an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) and each ICF must include an IDP.
  • Municipalities that are members of a growth management board are required to create an ICF with other growth management board members only in respect of those matters that are not addressed in a the growth management plan and must create an ICF with those municipalities with which they have a common boundaries that are not members of that growth management board.
  • IDPs are at the top of the hierarchy, where all other statutory plans relating to the area that an IDP covers must be consistent with the IDP. If there is a conflict or inconsistency with another statutory plan, the IDP prevails to the extent of the conflict or inconsistency. s.638(1)
  • An MDP must be consistent with any IDP that may be in effect for lands identified in both plans. s.632(4)
  • An ASP must be consistent with any IDP and MDP that is in effect for the lands identified in the plans. s.633(3)
  • An ARP must be consistent with any IDP and MDP that is in effect for the lands identified in the plans. s.634(2)

Subdivision Authority

  • A Subdivision Authority is bound by the hierarchy of Statutory Plans when reviewing an application for a subdivision. If a Subdivision Authority is of the opinion that there may be a conflict or inconsistency between Statutory Plans, then it is bound by the hierarchy and relationship of plans in making its decision. s.654(1)(b)

Appeals

  • The Municipal Government Board or the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) is bound by the hierarchy of statutory plans when hearing a subdivision appeal and rendering a decision. S. 680(2),
  • The SDAB is bound by the hierarchy of statutory plans when hearing a development permit appeal and rendering a decision. s.687(3)

What is an ICF?

An intermunicipal collaboration framework (ICF) is a tool to facilitate cooperation between neighbouring municipalities to ensure municipal services are provided to residents efficiently and cost effectively. ICFs reinforce existing collaborations and formalizes a process for municipalities to work together.

Five specific service areas; transportation, water and wastewater, solid waste, emergency services and recreation must be included in an ICF, plus any other deemed of benefit to the municipalities involved. ICFs must also contain an agreed to dispute resolution process to manage disputes that arise regarding the delivery and cost sharing of services after the ICF has been adopted. All municipalities party to the ICF must also have an intermunicipal development plan (IDP) that is compliant with the new MGA requirements.

What is an IDP?

An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a collaborative land use planning process for identified lands of mutual interest between two or more municipalities.

IDPs ensure that desired long-term growth and development looking beyond 20 years is not compromised by land use and development decisions made today or by future municipal councils. It also provides assurance to residents that live within the Plan area of future development plans. Both municipalities must agree to the policy direction put forward in the IDP and both municipalities must abide by the IDP. The IDP includes a dispute resolution process for disagreements on whether proposed land use and development proposals are consistent with the agreed to policies in the IDP.

 

IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ
Development Permit Process
 
1. Apply for a Development Permit from Village Office. Cost $25.00 if application is received within 2 weeks prior to start date.
      • Must provide a site plan, with proper setbacks according to Land Use By-law 2012-04.
      • All information must be completed on application in order for it to be considered for approval.
      • New construction may have other applicable fees attached such as: Water Meter cost + 10%
 
2. Await written approval of Development Permit from Village of Linden.
      • If a decision is not made on a development permit within 40 days, the applicant may deem it to be refused.
      • No construction may be started without written approval or a stop work order may be issued.
      • Development permit does not come into effect until 21 days after the decision is communicated.
      • Any development proceeded with by the applicant prior to the expiry of this period is done at the risk of the applicant.
 
3. If a development is not started within 12 months from the date of issue, the permit is deemed to be void, unless the Development Officer/Municipal Planning Commission has granted an extension.
 
4. Appeals may be received up to 21 days after a decision has been received by the applicant.
 
5. Development Permits are contingent on Building Permit approvals from Palliser Regional Municipal Services for which forms may be filled out, and sent along with permit fees (and 2 sets of blueprints).
 
If you have any questions that aren't answered here, please check the Municipal Affairs website. 
 

Planning and Development

It is the responsibility of Council to focus on the future of the community as a whole while balancing the current rights, needs and concerns of property owners and residents.  The purpose of planning is to achieve the orderly, economical and beneficial development, use of land and settlement without infringing on the rights of individuals, except as necessary for the community. 

Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework

An intermunicipal collaboration framework among two or more municipalities to provide for the integrated and strategic planning, delivery and funding of intermunicipal services, to steward scarce resources efficiently in providing local services, and to ensure municipalities contribute to funding to services that benefit their residents.

Intermunicipal Development Plan (creation of plan in progress)

Two or more municipalities must adopt an inter-municipal plan (IDP) to address issues of mutual concern with respect to designated lands. The plan must provide for the future use of land, the manner of and proposals for future development, the provision of transportation systems and environmental matters, the co-ordination of intermunicipal programs, or other matters relating to the area. 

Municipal Development Plan

The Village of Linden Municipal Development Plan has been prepared as a framework to fulfill community goals, enhance community strengths, and address the challenges and issues relating to the future use and development of land in the Village of Linden. The plan informs the general public, private developers and landowners of the overall strategy for development in the community.  Bylaw 2017-15 was approved with technical amendments to MDP Bylaw 2012-05 and is available as a consolidated version.

Area Structure and Redevelopment Plans (ASP)

An Area Structure Plan provides a framework for subdivision and development for a particular area.  It will generally describe the sequences of development, proposed land use, population density, and the location of major transportation route and public utilities.

Land Use Bylaw

The Land Use Bylaw of the Village of Linden, as amended, divides the town into land use districts, provides regulations for each district, prescribing permitted and discretionary uses for land and outlines procedures for development of any parcel within the corporate limits of the Village of Linden. This Bylaw provides a specific means of implementing the policies that are expressed generally in the Municipal Development Plan. 

Request for Compliance Certificate

Upon sale of a property, a lawyer, realtor or lending institution may require that you obtain a Compliance Certificate from the Village. A Compliance Certificate is a document provided by the Village stating whether or not the development on that parcel of land complies with the uses and regulations described in the Land Use Bylaw.

To request a Compliance Certificate, forward to the Village of Linden a Real Property Report (RPR) prepared by an Alberta Legal Surveyor that is less than six months old or with an Affidavit attached stating there have been no changes to the property.    Digital RPR files are encouraged; there is a charge for a Compliance Certificate. Please note that the Village of Linden does not require a Compliance Certificate; the lending agency, lawyer or realtor are the parties requiring this document.

Application for Development Permit, Building Permit and/or Business License

Before you may develop or build on a parcel of land in the Village of Linden, you are required (with certain exceptions as listed in the Land Use Bylaw) to obtain a development permit, building permit, and if a business or home occupation, a business license. See Permits/Licenses.

Application for Home Occupation Permit

If you are planning to develop a home occupation, you will need to submit a different application form. See Permits/Licenses.

Application for Secondary Suite (Basement or Garage)

If you are planning to rent out your basement or garage as a secondary suite, please fill out the appropriate application below and submit it to our Planning and Development Officer at the Village office

  • Secondary suite application

Application for Subdivision

The Council of the Village of Linden is the Subdivision Approval Authority within the corporate limits of the Village. In order to subdivide a parcel of land and register a legal plan, you will be required to submit an Application for Subdivision to the Village. The Authority ensures that the land to be subdivided is appropriate for its proposed use.  As this is fairly complex process, please contact the Development Officer.  Subdivision decisions can be appealed to the SDAB. While a subdivision is approved by the subdivision authority, any changes to zoning that accompany the subdivision must be brought to council for approval by Bylaw.  The fees for a subdivision application are as outlined in the Subdivision Processing Policy.

Subdivision or Development Agreements

Prior to subdivision or development having full approval, your municipality may require a developer to enter into a subdivision or development agreement as a condition of approval.  These agreements may address construction or payment of a road, walkway, public utility, parking/loading and unloading facilities, off-site levies and security to ensure that the terms of the agreement are carried out. 

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board

The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board is an intermunicipal board that acts as a quasi-judicial body to deal with subdivision, development and stop order appeals.  The SDAB must hold a public hearing to deal with an appeal.

 For information on any of the above, please contact:

Lynda vanderWoerd, Development Officer
T: 403-546-3888 E: 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or F: 403-546-2112
 
All dogs and cats must be licensed in the Village of Linden. Licenses are required for all dogs and cats over the age of three months. Licenses must be obtained within the first two weeks of purchasing, bringing into the Village or becoming in possession of any dog or cat, or in the first two weeks of becoming a new resident of the Village of Linden. The burden of proof that the dog or cat is not the property of the said owner shall rest upon the said owner. License renewal dates are February 1st of each year. 
Fees: Dog Unaltered: $40.00 Altered: $20.00.  Cat Unaltered: $25.00 Altered: $10.00.
Forms are located at the office and on our website under our forms tab.  Options for payment are: cheque, debit & cash. 
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Municipal Planning Hub

Statutory Plans

A Statutory Plan is a legal document that must go through three readings and a public hearing before it is adopted. Once adopted, there is a legal obligation on the part of both the municipality and residents to adhere to the plan.

  • Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF)
  • Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDPs)
  • Municipal Development Plan (MDP)
  • Area Structure Plans (ASP)
  • Area Redevelopment Plans (ARP)

Non-Statutory Plans

Non-Statutory Plans are Bylaws passed by Resolution. They are often developed to help encourage a certain direction for development or growth in a particular area.

  • Municipal Sustainability Plan (MSP)

Hierarchy of Plans

  • Municipalities, except those that are members of a growth management board, must have an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) and each ICF must include an IDP.
  • Municipalities that are members of a growth management board are required to create an ICF with other growth management board members only in respect of those matters that are not addressed in a the growth management plan and must create an ICF with those municipalities with which they have a common boundaries that are not members of that growth management board.
  • IDPs are at the top of the hierarchy, where all other statutory plans relating to the area that an IDP covers must be consistent with the IDP. If there is a conflict or inconsistency with another statutory plan, the IDP prevails to the extent of the conflict or inconsistency. s.638(1)
  • An MDP must be consistent with any IDP that may be in effect for lands identified in both plans. s.632(4)
  • An ASP must be consistent with any IDP and MDP that is in effect for the lands identified in the plans. s.633(3)
  • An ARP must be consistent with any IDP and MDP that is in effect for the lands identified in the plans. s.634(2)

Subdivision Authority

  • A Subdivision Authority is bound by the hierarchy of Statutory Plans when reviewing an application for a subdivision. If a Subdivision Authority is of the opinion that there may be a conflict or inconsistency between Statutory Plans, then it is bound by the hierarchy and relationship of plans in making its decision. s.654(1)(b)

Appeals

  • The Municipal Government Board or the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) is bound by the hierarchy of statutory plans when hearing a subdivision appeal and rendering a decision. S. 680(2),
  • The SDAB is bound by the hierarchy of statutory plans when hearing a development permit appeal and rendering a decision. s.687(3)