Okotoks’ new proposed Land Use Bylaw is now available on the Town’s website for the public to review. This is a key document in shaping how Okotoks will grow in the future to achieve the vision of the recently updated Municipal Development Plan.
“The proposed new bylaw dramatically simplifies the number of land use districts and the types of uses allowed within these districts. The rewritten bylaw focuses more on the appearance and placement of buildings rather than their specific use and is designed to support long-term change when new and redevelopment occurs,” said Colin Gainer, senior planner.
As well as decreasing the number of districts from 34 land use and 33 direct control to nine more inclusive districts, other significant changes include a greater focus on pedestrians, bicyclists and other active transportation users, flexibility to allow for innovation that can adapt to market changes and simplified regulations.
Residents and business owners are invited to a live webinar on November 17 at 7 p.m. to learn more about what has changed in the Land Use Bylaw and what this means for Okotoks’ future growth.
The project team will showcase the updated approach to zoning in Okotoks and highlight how community feedback influenced the new bylaw. There will be a question and answer period for participants to gain a better understanding of how the bylaw has changed and the process involved in creating it.
The webinar will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. and will be recorded for anyone who is unable to attend.
An opportunity for further public feedback on the new bylaw, through an online survey, will be available in the next week.