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    The Town of Westlock is updating the Town’s 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.

    We are currently wrapping up Step 2 - Public Consultation of our Land Use Bylaw Update.  A public survey was held February 22 to March 11 and open houses were held April 28th and May 5th.  

    If you were unable to participate in the Open Houses, summaries of the proposed changes (handouts, videos and a complete summary package) are available in the dropdowns below.  If you would like to submit feedback, we ask that you provide your comments by June 30th.  You can send your feedback by email to planning@westlock.ca  or drop written submissions off at the Town Office.

    If you would like to sign up for updates on the project, please email planning@westlock.ca to be added to the list.

    The videos below provide the background of this project as well as how the Land Use Bylaw is structured and how it affects you.





    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 does the Land Use Bylaw need updating?

    • The current 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 will help us in the drafting and refinement of the new Land Use Bylaw.


    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)


    Couldn't make the Open Houses?

    You can view the proposed changes in the dropdowns below and contact the Project Team to discuss any concerns, comments or suggestions you want to provide for our consideration.

    We ask that you have any feedback to the project team by June 30th.  Feedback can be submitted to the email below or dropped off at the Town Office.


    Project Contact:

    Development Services

    planning@westlock.ca

    (780) 349-4444


    The current 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.  With the help of public feedback from the online survey, we've finalized the proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw.


    Handouts and videos of the key changes can be found in the dropdowns below.


    We've also compiled a summary report of all the proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw.


    Land Use Bylaw Summary Package


    It is important to note that all changes apply to future development after the new Land Use Bylaw is adopted by Council.  Existing permitted structures and developments would not have to make changes to meet new regulations.