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County of St. Paul Municipal Development Plan, Land Use Bylaw, General Municipal Servicing Standards, and Reserve Land Management Policy Review for Red Tape Reduction

The Government of Alberta has directed municipalities to reduce red tape inefficiencies – such as duplicate processes and rules– to save time, money, and resources while still protecting the environment, keeping Albertans safe and healthy, and upholding fiscal accountability.

Much like the Province, the County wants to make it easier for people to get the government services they need and reduce the regulatory burden on job creators to encourage investment, boost the local economy, and get more people back to work.

The County has engaged ISL Engineering and Land Services to review its Municipal Development Plan (MDP), Land Use Bylaw (LUB), General Municipal Servicing Standards (GMSS), and Reserve Land Management Policy (RLMP) to identify and minimize inefficiencies. Through this review, the County will have more streamlined planning and development policies and regulations, and will be able to provide a more efficient and effective service to landowners and businesses.

Project Process

This review process involves interviews with stakeholder groups, engagement with Council, Administration, local businesses, residents and landowners, a technical analysis of existing County policies and regulations, and preparation of draft policies and regulations.

The anticipated completion date of this review is fall 2021.

Phase 1 Engagement

A key component of this project is engagement with a wide range of interests, namely Council, Administration, key stakeholders, and the public, to obtain a diverse spectrum of thoughts about the barrier’s stakeholders have experienced when using the County’s planning documents.

Over the past several months, a variety of engagement activities have occurred:

  1. A workshop with County Council,
  2. A workshop with County Administration,
  3. Stakeholder interviews, and
  4. A public survey.

The complete engagement summary can be viewed here.

Next Steps

Now that the technical review and first phase of engagement has been completed, we have prepared updated/draft policies and regulations that focus on clarity of language and finding red tape reductions.

The draft MDP, LUB, and RLMP are attached below for your review. Proposed additions and deletion are shown within each document. Please review each and provide your feedback.

Municipal Development Plan (MDP)

Land Use Bylaw (LUB)

Reserve Land Management Policy (RLMP)

The General Municipal Servicing Standards (GMSS) will be completed later and reviewed by Council.


Lakeshore Developments

Property development is increasing on Alberta’s lakeshores. Shoreland development can have cumulative, detrimental effects on lakes and lakeshore areas.

An Alberta Government Temporary Field Authorization (TFA) will be required for placing a mooring structure for personal recreational use in Crown owned-bed and shore, for longer than 14 days.
Alberta Government Fact Sheet
Request for Client ID Application
Application for Temporary Field Authorization

Note:  This is an Alberta government requirement.  If you have questions regarding a client ID or the Temporary Field Authorization, please call Alberta Environment and Parks
at 780-623-5279. 
The County cannot advise individuals on what the province will require or approve. 

If you are not the waterfront landowner, the province requires written consent from the waterfront landowner before an authorization may be issued.  In many instances, this may be the local municipality if the waterfront property is a municipal or
an environmental reserve. 

If the applicant requires a Municipal Letter of Consent from the County, please fill in the Lakeshore Developments form by clicking here.

Permit Applications

It’s a busy time for planning and building. 
  The response time to requests is currently up to 5 business days. 
County staff would like to thank you, in advance, for your patience.


Send your completed documents as an attachment to
Chelsey Cartron [email protected]

Link to Development Permit Information

There are 6 key permit applications that may be needed in reference to your planning and development needs. 
You can find these below:

Development Permit
Building Permit
Electrical Permit
Gas Permit
Plumbing Permit
Private Sewage Disposal Permit
Subdivision Application Package (see below)

Planning & Development Process

Looking to build? Need a permit? See the link to the Development Permit Information and follow this 5 step process to a successful application:

1. Review the Bylaw

Please review this Land Use Bylaw.

2. Review Development Permit Information

Development permit information can be found here.

5. Fill Out a Permit Application

Complete your permit applications as required. The listing of permit applications can be found here.

6. Send Your Completed Documents

Send your completed documents as an attachment to Chelsey Cartron [email protected]

Subdivision Application Package

Please contact Municipal Planning Services (2009) Ltd. if you have questions about subdivisions or
if you are planning to apply for a subdivision.

Phone:  780-486-1991      Email  [email protected] 

All Subdivision Forms (download to access fillable form) 

Municipal Planning Service Subdivision Fees

Projects & Plans

The County of St. Paul has developed a number of municipal and inter-municipal development plans in accordance with the Government of Alberta Municipal Government Act (MGA). 

Inter-Municipal Development Plan: Rural

Inter-Municipal Development Plan: Urban

Area Structure Plans

The County of St. Paul is constantly evolving and two key areas currently under development are Garner Lake and the Lac Sante Area.

Lac Sante Area

In 2008, in response to the development that had occurred adjacent to the lake in the 1990s and 2000s, the Counties of St. Paul and Two Hills began work on an Area Structure Plan (ASP) for the Lac Sante area.

[View Plan]

Garner Lake

In early 2008 in response to the steady increase in interest toward lake-oriented development in Smoky Lake County and the County of St. Paul, as well as a growing awareness of the importance of local environmental stewardship and healthy watersheds, both Counties began work on revising the existing Area Structure Plan for the Garner Lake Area.

[View Plan]

Policies & Bylaws

Policies are created to guide decision-making on municipal matters.  These policies are approved by County of St. Paul Council.  In accordance with Section 638.2 of the Municipal Government Act, RSA 2000, c M-26, the following Planning and Development policies have been created and adopted:

Frequently Asked Questions


If you have a Planning & Development related question we invite you to contact the County of St. Paul using the contact information found on this page.

Contact Information

CHELSEY CARTRON, Development Officer
Email:  [email protected]
Phone: 780-645-3301 ext.1205

JEFF SYDORUK, Building Safety Codes Officer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-870-9020

RON MATIEJEWSKI, Building Safety Codes Officer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-489-4777

JACK KELLER, Electrical Safety Codes Officer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-870-9020

BRAD DINGMAN, Plumbing & Gas Safety Codes Officer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-489-4777

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