Planning & Development

COVID-19 Impact on Planning & Development

Due to Covid-19 the Alberta Municipal Government has made several temporary changes to the Municipal Government Act that directly affect Planning and Development. These changes may be subject to further clarification.

At this time Municipalities will continue to process applications but may have extended processing time frames. Please contact Planning and Development with any questions.

The Planning and Development department is responsible for all aspects of land-use planning, including long-range planning and subdivisions to ensure that growth and development occur in an organized and rational manner, while maintaining or enhancing the quality of life.   

The Planning and Development department processes and provides information on the following:

Development is guided by planning legislation and policies that consists of:

Land Use Bylaw

A Land Use Bylaw (LUB), is a Town bylaw that identifies a range of regulations that affect properties and land uses within the municipality.  Through a Land Use Bylaw, Planning & Development  regulates items such as lot size, building placement, building height, parking, landscaping, sign placement, fences and sometimes, architectural appearance of proposed developments. 
Town of Olds  Land Use Bylaw 01-23 includes:

  • Regulations for the use and size of lots, and buildings;
  • Land use districts (zones), and the development standards for each, such as building placement, building height, parking requirements, landscaping requirements, etc; and
  • Permitted and discretionary uses for each land use district.

Zoning/Land Use District

Zoning is a method of organizing a municipality into specific land use districts. That is, each land use district will have designated regulations attached to it. This means that only certain types of buildings or land uses will be allowed on specified parcels and areas within the municipality. Land use district definitions are municipally specific, they are not standard across the province.  See the Land Use Bylaw Land Use District map for Town of Olds land use districts.


If a parcel of land is not currently zoned for a certain use under the current land use district, a landowner may choose to apply to rezone the parcel to another land use district that may allow the proposed land use of the parcel. Depending on the proposed future use, an area structure plan or an area redevelopment plan amendment may also be required.

The rezoning process entails a Land Use Bylaw (LUB) amendment bylaw and all applications are reviewed by Council.  The process takes 6-8 weeks and requires a Public Hearing in order to provide all interested parties the opportunity to address Council.   The fee for a LUB amendment is $240.

Contact the Planning & Development Department for more information.
Land Use Bylaw Amendment Application