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    The Town of Westlock has adopted a new Land Use Bylaw. 

    The Land Use Bylaw is a vital document that shapes the community you work and live in by setting requirements and parameters for future development.

    The new Land Use Bylaw 2022-12 was adopted by Council on November 28, 2022 following the public hearing held earlier that evening.  The new Bylaw will be in force and effect on January 1, 2023.  Any development permit applications received on or after that date will be reviewed against the requirements of Land Use Bylaw 2022-12.

    The new Bylaw is now available in its entirety for review in the drop downs below. A paper copy is also available for review at the Town Office.  As this is the Town's largest bylaw, we have also prepared summaries of the highlights of Land Use Bylaw 2022-12. 

    View or Download the Land Use Bylaw 2022-12 Highlights

    For further information, please contact Development Services at 780-349-4444 or  planning@westlock.ca.

    What is the Land Use Bylaw?

    The Land Use Bylaw divides the Town into districts (Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Institutional)

    Town of Westlock Land Use Districts

    • Each district lists the types of Uses which can be developed as well as regulations on how those Uses are developed 

    • The Land Use Bylaw also sets out requirements for landscaping, parking, signs and exempts certain types of Uses from requiring development permits.

    Why was the Land Use Bylaw updated?

    • The previous Land Use Bylaw was adopted in 2015. Since then, it has had no significant revisions.
    • Land Use Bylaws are meant to be a living document and adapt as the Town’s vision and needs change over time.

    How does the Land Use Bylaw affect me?

    The Land Use Bylaw determines what you can develop on your property as well as the location, size and height of what you are developing.

    The Land Use Bylaw shapes your neighbourhood and the Town overall. It determines the look of your streetscape and what can be built near your home or business. 

    Public consultation ensures that the new Land Use Bylaw considers the needs of Westlock's residents, landowners and businesses.

    Feedback from this step was used in the drafting and refinement of the new Land Use Bylaw 2022-12.


    Online Survey - February 22 - March 11

    An online survey was held from February 22 to March 11.  We received a total of 58 responses from Town residents, businesses and stakeholders.  We hear that you want a Land Use Bylaw that is easy to navigate and understand, business friendly, and protects the use and enjoyment of private property.

    We have compiled a summary of the feedback we received:  

    Survey Summary Report (March 21, 2022)


    Open Houses - April 28th and May 5th

    Open Houses were held April 28th and May 5th.  Participants were able to view the proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw, give feedback and ask questions of Town staff.  

    We've compiled a summary of the feedback we received:

    Open House Summary Report (May 25, 2022)



    Project Contact:

    Development Services

    planning@westlock.ca

    (780) 349-4444


    Following the conclusion of Step 2 - Public Consultation, the project team began work on the final draft of the new Land Use Bylaw.  The new Bylaw incorporates the feedback received through all stages of public consultation as well as comments internally from Town Administration.

    Land Use Bylaw 2022-12 was presented to Council for their initial review and given first reading on October 24, 2022.

    A Public Hearing regarding the potential adoption of Land Use Bylaw 2022-12 was held on 6:30 p.m. on November 28, 2022.   Following the Public Hearing, Council gave second and third readings to Land Use Bylaw 2022-12 later that same evening.

    Land Use Bylaw 2022-12 will be in force and effect on January 1, 2023.  Any development permit applications received after that date will be reviewed against the requirements of the new Bylaw.

    A paper copy of Bylaw 2022-12 is available for review at the Town Office during business hours.

    Questions?  Email planning@westlock.ca or call 780-349-4444


    The previous Land Use Bylaw has been in use since 2015.  Over the past 7 years, we've identified revisions needed to correct errors, gaps and other issues that have come up through practical application.  The new Land Use Bylaw 2022-12 addresses those required revisions and incorporates the feedback we received from Town residents, business owners and stakeholders throughout our Public Engagement phase.


    The highlights of the new Bylaw as adopted can be found below.


    Land Use Bylaw 2022-12 Highlights


    We've also compiled a summary report of all the changes that have been made between the current and new Land Use Bylaw.


    Land Use Bylaw 2022-12 Summary Report


    It is important to note that all changes apply to future development after the new Land Use Bylaw comes into effect on January 1, 2023.  Existing permitted structures and developments would not have to make changes to meet new regulations.