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Land Use Planning Info

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Guidelines and Procedures

Land use planning in the Province of Manitoba is guided under the Provincial Land Use Policies and governed under The Planning Act. These guidelines and procedures are reflected in the Municipality’s two primary planning documents – the Development Plan and the Zoning By-law.

The Development Plan lays out the overall policies for land use, and the Zoning By-law provides the technical specifications of how those policies are to be administered. Both of these documents undergo a formal review approximately every five years.

The adoption and amendment of these documents involve a lengthy process that includes provincial review and approval, public notice and hearings. This process can take four to eight months depending on the required public and government review requirements.

Applications for amendments to the development plan or zoning by-law must be made in writing (letter of intent) to the Municipality.

The application form must be completed and signed and the application fee of $1,000.00 paid at the time of application. Because the documents contain detailed mapping and graphics that may be subject to change, they are not available on-line.

Anyone interested in receiving a copy of the complete documents is asked to contact the Municipal Office (photocopying charges may apply).

Other Land Use Processes and Application Information

Conditional Uses

Every type of zone within the Municipality (Agriculture, Commercial, Residential, etc.) has a list of permitted uses or conditional uses. The conditional uses require the proponent to make application for Council approval prior to commencing the use. The timeframe for the conditional use process is four to six weeks from time of application.

The application form must be completed and signed and the application fee of $275.00 paid at the time of application. Process:

Variation Orders

Like permitted and conditional use requirements, each zone also has a list of lot size specifications and building setback information. If someone wanted to vary the requirement to allow for a situation that doesn’t meet the standard requirements, they may make application for a variation order. The applicant is required to make application for Council approval prior to commencing the construction of a structure. The timeframe for the variation order process is four to six weeks from time of application.

The application form must be completed and signed and the application fee of $275.00 paid at the time of application. Process:

Building Requirements and Permits

If you are considering constructing, moving or demolishing a building in the Municipality, you should contact the Municipal Office to determine what building requirements or permits may be required. All structures over 120 square feet are required to have a permit.

Before the start of construction, applicants must provide a letter of intent and site plan to the Municipality explaining the type, size and use of the structure and the proposed placement of the structure on the property. Based on that information, the staff will determine what type of permit is needed and the cost.

The Building Inspector may also require further information like engineered stamped drawings or sketches. Structures under 120 square feet do not require a building permit but must meet the Zoning By-law building setback requirements.