Land Use Bylaw Open House

UPDATED: November 18th, 2015

The Town of Cardston held a open house on November 17th regarding the proposed changes to its Land Use Bylaw. The following information was distributed at the open house as a handout overviewing major changes to the bylaw.




5:00 p.m. To 8:00 p.m. – Council room at the Town Office

The Town of Cardston in the Province of Alberta hereby gives notice of its intention to have an open house to review the changes to the Land Use Bylaw:

There will not be a formal presentation so you can drop in any time between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to review the proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw.

DATED at the Town of Cardston in the Province of Alberta this 4 day of November, 2015.

Nolan Card
Development Officer
Town of Cardston
 Box 280
 Cardston, Alberta
 T0K 0K0

2015 Draft Town of Cardston Land Use Bylaw

Highlights of Major Changes

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In addition to numerous administrative, housekeeping and typographical changes, the new Draft Land Use Bylaw contemplates the following major changes to the current (2009) bylaw. Note that some of these changes stem from the recently adopted Town of Cardston Municipal Development Plan (2015) and the Province’s South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (2014).

The following is not a comprehensive list of all proposed changes. Further review and refinement, including the consideration of comments provided by the public at this open house, will be used to produce a final draft. The final draft will be available for public inspection prior to a mandatory public hearing held before Council in accordance with the Municipal Government Act.


  • Allow Development Officer the ability to approve certain discretionary uses
  • Expand ability to condition development permits and to take security to ensure the completion of the same
  • Detailed criteria for: suitability of sites and discretionary use development permit decision making
  • Provision for a “Voluntary Waiver of Claims” in order to allow development to commence prior to the expiration of the appeal period

Schedule 3 (Developments Not Requiring A Development Permit)

  • Exemption of requirement to obtain a development permit for: Temporary shipping containers (sea-cans), Home Occupation 1 (i.e. phone and office) and Day Home (up to 6 children)

Schedule 4 (General Standards of Development)

  • Expansion of items that may project into a required setback (i.e. an uncovered deck 5 ft into a rear yard)
  • Infill development applications requirements and guidelines
  • Decision making criteria for development adjacent to watercourses, riparian areas and regionally sensitive areas in accordance with the “Stepping Back from the Water” document (Province of Alberta)   

Schedule 5 (Use Specific Standards)

  • Inclusion of use specific standards for: Child Care Facilities; Bed and Breakfasts; Air Conditioners; Decks, Amenity Spaces and Privacy Walls; Balconies, Verandas and Porches; Gas Bars, Service Stations & Bulk Fuel Storage & Sales; Medical Marihuana Production Facilities; Secondary Suites; Shipping Containers; Solar Collectors; Small Wind Energy Systems; Alternative/Renewable Energy, Individual Accessory Sources;
  • Commercial/Industrial Alternative/Renewable Energy Sources; Kennels; Satellite Dishes; Telecommunication Antenna Siting Protocols; Warehousing Standards for Outdoor Storage; and Drive-In/Drive-Through Restaurants

Schedule 8 (Home Occupations)

  • Revised schedule for home occupations including the breakdown of home occupations into category 1 (phone and office only – no permit required) and category 2 (including client visits)

Schedule 9 (Landscaping & Screening Standards & Guidelines)

  • Minimum 10% landscaping requirement for commercial and industrial developments
  • Minimum 25% landscaping requirement for residential developments
  • Requirement of 1 tree to be planted for all new residential developments

Schedule 12 (Sign Regulations)

  • Allowance for electronic/animated signs provided the message remains completely static for a minimum duration of 8 seconds
  • Portable signs limited to 60 days

Land Use Districts
R1 (Residential)

  • 6000 ft2 minimum lot size; 13,050 ft2 (0.3 acre) maximum lot size
  • 18 ft maximum accessory building size (previously 16 ft)

R2C (Manufactured Home Residential)

  • New district exclusively for manufactured home communities (i.e. unsubdivided parks)

R2S (Manufactured Home Residential)

  • New district for manufactured homes on subdivided lots

R3 (Large Lot Residential)

  • 13,050 ft2 (0.3 acre) minimum lot size; 26,100 ft2 (0.6 acre) maximum lot size
  • 20 ft maximum accessory building size (previously 16 ft)
  • Allowance for detached garage suites and garden suites as a discretionary use

R5 (Estate Residential)

  • New district for oversize lots
  • 26,100 ft2 (0.6 acre) minimum lot size; 87,120 ft2 (2.0 acre) maximum lot size
  • Allowance for detached garage suites and garden suites as a discretionary use

RC-SL (Residential Comprehensively Planned Small Lot)

  • New district for smaller sized lots with comprehensive design requirements (reduced front yard setback, required front yard amenity space (i.e. porch) and driveway width restriction)
  • Only to be applied where part of a comprehensive development plan and not for isolated re-zonings
  • 36 ft x 100 ft (3600 ft2) minimum lot size; 4800 ft2 maximum lot size
  • RC-M (Residential Comprehensively Planned Medium Density)
  • New district for a mixture of medium density forms of development
  • Only to be applied where part of a comprehensive development plan and not for isolated re-zonings

C2 (Drive-In/Highway Commercial)

  • New district consolidating the previous C2 (Drive-In Commercial) and C3 (Highway Commercial) districts

A (Agricultural)

  • Existing district that functions like an “urban fringe” type holding district
  • Decision making criteria for discretionary uses and use limitations     

G & C (Gateways & Corridors Overlay)

  • “Overlay” district that functions as an additional later of development control over the primary entrance corridors to town (lands adjacent to Highway 2 and Highway 5)
  • Purpose is to ensure a high aesthetic standard including design/appearance, landscaping and storage requirements
  • Specific design requirements for “downtown” areas

Please submit any questions or comments to:

Ryan Dyck | Planner | | 403-329-1344

Nolan Card | Development Officer | | 403-653-3366