Planning and Development

The Planning and Development Department manages development, subdivision and land matters in the County.
Development is guided by Provincial, County and Federal statutory documents (Laws) and County policy. Examples of documents include:
The Municipal Government Act (Province of Alberta)
Water Act (Province of Alberta) Link to Water Act Essentials
Subdivision & Development Regulations (Province of Alberta)
Federal Aeronautics Act (Federal Government)
Intermunicipal Development Plan (Brazeau County & Town of Drayton Valley)
Municipal Development Plan (Brazeau County)
Land Use Bylaw (Brazeau County)
Groundwater Evaluation policy
Public Reserve Policy
Lease Road Access Policy
The Planning and Development Department reviews subdivision and rezoning applications and advises Council and the Municipal Planning Commission. The goal is to achieve orderly, economical and beneficial use of land to maintain and improve the quality of the physical environment.
With the recent adoption of the Modernized Municipal Government Act (MMGA), changes to the review process of Development Permit and Subdivision applications are now in effect. In summary, once an application is received, the County will have 20 days to determine if the application is complete with all of the information required to make a decision.  If the application is deemed complete, notice will be sent to the applicant and the processing period begins.  The processing period for Development Permits is 40 days, and the processing period for Subdivisions is 60 days.  If the application cannot be processed within the required timeline, the County may ask the applicant to enter into a Time Extension Agreement to extend this time period.
If the application is not complete, notice will be sent to the applicant with instructions regarding the information required.  If the additional information is not received within a prescribed timeline, the application will be deemed refused and the file will be closed.  Attached is a flow chart outlining the new process.  
Development permit application forms and other forms can be found here.
Developments are evaluated according to the Minimum Designs Standards, available here.
To see the policies the department considers in making decisions under Part 17 of the Municipal Government Act, please click here.
To learn more about Planning and Development Department and other Brazeau County workshops, click here.
For more information, contact the Planning Department at 780-542-7777.