The Land Use Bylaw divides the County into land use districts. The predominant land use district in Brazeau County is Agriculture. Approximately two-thirds of all the beef farms in the County are cow-calf operations. Agricultural land use policies provide land for extensive and intensive agricultural activities and other compatible uses.
Residential land use policy provides for well planned and orderly residential developments to house a growing community.
Hamlet land use policy recognizes the importance of rural settlement centers and endeavors to improve the quality of life of people that reside in these areas.
Land use policies help to diversify the economy by providing a long-term supply of strategically located Commercial and Industrial development sites. Policy provides for a variety of resource extraction activities including sand and gravel, peat moss, timber, and the oil and gas while protecting the environment and adjacent land uses.
Policies are also intended to prevent development in hazardous areas and preserve environmentally sensitive or significant areas. The County provides open space for parks, trails and outdoor recreation. In addition, policy protects heritage, historic, cultural and archaeological resources.
The County works with Town of Drayton Valley and Village of Breton to ensure that land use on the fringe is compatible.