The hierarchy of documents within the Village of Delburne’s land use planning framework is established by the Province of Alberta’s Municipal Government Act (MGA). The MGA requires that each level is consistent with the level above and below it, and that the policies and regulations within planning document(s) at each level may be implemented by those below them in the decision-making process.
The MGA provides the legislative authority for municipal land use planning and decision-making, while the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) regional plan (or Land Use Policies in their absence) provides broad-based policy directions and principles for municipal land use planning which are affected through statutory plans and bylaws. The statutory plans provide future direction for development and use of lands at the fringe areas of the Village of Delburne’s boundaries (Intermunicipal Development Plans), or within the whole Village of Delburne (Municipal Development Plans), or small areas of the Village of Delburne in greater detail (Area Structure Plans).
The Land Use Bylaw (LUB) regulates the use and development of land based on the policy directions of statutory plans, while the Subdivision and Development Regulations regulates subdivision planning in conjunction with the MGA, applicable statutory plans, and the Land Use Bylaw. The policies, other bylaws, and documents contain additional or specific requirements outside statutory plans and the Land Use Bylaw documents for reviewing and making decisions on applications for development permit and subdivision, either in general or for certain types of developments and subdivisions, or for developments and subdivisions at certain locations.
Where there is a conflict or inconsistency between a higher-level planning document and a lower-level planning document, the higher-level planning document prevails to the extent of the conflict or inconsistency.
Land Use Bylaw:
Delburne's Land Use Bylaw outlines regulations for the use and development of land and buildings in the Village of Delburne.