The Planning & Development Department manages and guides development in the City of Airdrie. This includes responsibility for all land use, policy, and development planning activities. The department works with the public and stakeholders in municipal land use. We are here to answer any questions you have about:
• Subdividing Land
• Land Use Bylaws
• Municipal Development Plan
• Area Structure Plans
• Intermunicipal Development Plan and all other planning matters.
Land Use Bylaw
The Land Use Bylaw regulates activity on properties in Airdrie, and regulates items such as: lot size, building placement, building height, parking, landscaping, sign placement, fences and architectural appearance of proposed developments.
The term ‘Land Use Bylaw’ is used in place of zoning due to the unique history Alberta has with both zoning and development control models. The term has its origins in the Planning Act, 1977 which introduced the concept of a hybrid regulatory system in which both zoning and development control were permitted in a single bylaw through the use of conventional zoning districts and direct control (DC) districts.
Zoning is a method of organizing a city into districts. That is, each district will have a designated zoning regulation attached to it. This means that only certain types of buildings or land uses will be allowed on specified parcels and areas within the city. Zoning codes are city specific, they are not standard across the province.
If a parcel of land is not currently zoned for a certain use or could not be subdivided under the current land use district, a landowner may choose to apply for rezoning the parcel to another district that may allow the proposed land use or to allow subdivision of the parcel. Depending on the proposed future use, an Area Structure Plan or an Neighbourhood Structure plan may be required. You can contact the Planning Department for more information.
In order for Council to approve a rezoning, the proposed land use must comply with the Airdrie City Plan.
As part of the rezoning process, all applications are forwarded to a Public Hearing in order to provide all interested parties the opportunity to address Council
Planning & Development