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There are a number of land use plans which help to direct the use of land within City boundaries. These plans follow the Land Use Framework established by the government of Alberta and regulated through the Municipal Government Act (MGA). The plans vary by location, reflecting the unique aspects and opportunities available across the city. However, all the localized land use plans are united through three documents: 

  1. Intermunicipal Development Plan
  2. Municipal Development Plan
  3. Land Use Bylaw

Changes to, and the adoption of new land use plans requires approval by City Council. Applicants are encouraged to meet with the department to discuss proposed changes in advance of a formal application being submitted. Staff will work with the applicant to review and provide comment on proposed amendments so that the application may be supported by Council.

Changes to, and the adoption of new land use plans requires three readings by City Council with a public hearing scheduled one month after the first reading. The proposed change must be advertised for the two consecutive weeks in advance of the public hearing.

Under these overarching plans falls Area Structure Plans, Area Redevelopment Plans and Outline Plans. 

Area Structure Plans (ASP) provide long-range land use planning for large areas within the city, usually encompassing several sections of land. The plans identify major roadways, land uses, infrastructure requirements, parks, trails and school sites.  ASPs are approved and adopted by Council and must conform to the City’s MDP.

Outline Plans seek to deliver the overarching goals established in as ASP by providing a more detailed planning framework for an area, including specific zoning types and development considerations.  

Area Redevelopment Plans (ARP) guide the redevelopment of existing developed areas. The City of Lacombe currently has one ARP, the Downtown Area Redevelopment and Urban Design Guideline Plan (DARP), which identifies plans for improvements to the existing neighbourhoods within the plan area. ARPs are approved and adopted by Council and must conform to the City’s Municipal Development Plan.

 

Land Use Plans


Description
 DATE Adopted LAst Amended
Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP)
A joint plan with Lacombe County prescribing future land uses and relevant policies within an urban fringe area two miles out from the existing city boundary.

June 12, 2017


Municipal Development Plan

Provides the general framework for the future growth and physical development of the entire community. June 2015

Land Use Bylaw

Regulates and controls the use and development of all lands and buildings in the city of Lacombe. October 24, 2016 October 10, 2017

       

Area Structure Plans


Description
 DATE Adopted Last Amended
North Area Structure Plan
  Provides for planning control in the north section of the city including recently annexed areas. April 2000
May 9, 2016
South East Area Structure Plan
  Provides planning direction and control for the south east quadrant of Lacombe (south of Highway 12 and east of Highway 2A). December 1999
May 2017
Southeast Expansion Area Engineering Servicing Report   

Supplemental document to the South East Area Structure Plan, providing recommendations for utility servicing. 

April 2000   
West Area Structure Plan
  Provides planning direction and control for lands west of the Lacombe Golf and Country Club to the Highway 2, and North of Highway 12. May 2001
 May 9, 2016

Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (Part 1)

 

Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (Part 2)

  Provides planning direction and control for the downtown area of Lacombe. January 2013
 
 
       

Outline Plans


Description
 DATE Adopted Last Amended
 

Outline plans of the North Area Structure Plan

East REHDI Outline Plan

This non-statutory plan identifies land uses and densities for 45.80 hectares of land in the northeast section of the city.
October 2008
 
College Heights Outline Plan
  This non-statutory plan identifies land uses and densities for the area west of C&E Trail. The plan area comprises of the existing residential area of College Heights and expansion areas to the south and east. The west portion of the plan allocates some commercial uses. April 2001
October 2012
Cranna Lake & Lake Anne Area Outline Plan
  This plan provides a framework for subsequent subdivisions. Low density residential is the proposed use for the major portion of the lands with one multi-family site earmarked for townhouses. There are a number of open space areas throughout the plan area.  June 2002
February 2005
Elizabeth Park Outline Plan
  Defines the development of an area within the North Area Structure Plan (NASP) west of C&E Trail. 1999
April 2005
Northwest Outline Plan
  This non-statutory plan identifies development patterns and densities for the area north of Fairway Heights and west of 58 Street.  November 2000
January 2016
Terrace Heights Outline Plan
  The plan for the Terrace Heights residential area, which lies east of the C& E Trail immediately north of Hearthstone subdivision, establishes the location of the collector road (Terrace Heights Drive which will intersect with College Avenue and Brownstone Road) and provides for traditional residential housing as well as a school site (Public K-8 facility). 
May 2001
August 2001
Trinity Crossing at Terrace Heights
  This northern area will be developed by Laebon Developments and will contain a mixture of single-family homes and an apartment complex. May 2013
 
Rosemont Estates and Bowett Ridge Outline Plan    This non-statutory plan identifies land uses and densities for 5.804 hectares of land located between Elizabeth Lake and Lake Anne.  The plan location is SW 31-40-26 W4  March 2014   
Henner Heights Outline Plan    This non-statutory plan identifies land uses and densities for the northern most portion of Lacombe. The plan area is bounded by Highway 2 to the North, C&E Trail to the East, Burman University to the West and Henner Pond to the South.  March 2017   
Outline plans of the South East Area Structure Plan
Iron Wolf Outline Plan
  The plan provides overall subdivision and development control for the lands, consisting primarily of single-family dwellings and some multi-family units. The plan introduces mixed-use commercial, which provides for live/work units and dwelling units above commercial, retail and offices. February 2007
 
MacKenzie Ranch Outline Plan
  The plan provides the framework for residential development within the SW 1/4 20-40-26-W4. It calls for a 30-acre mobile home community and a mix of housing densities. May 2000
January 2015
Wolf Creek Crossing / Lacombe Market Square Outline Plan
  This plan provides planning direction and control for the development of NW 20-40-26 W4. The area will be developed as a large commercial (including a ‘Towne Centre’), mixed residential and light industrial development. June 2012
December 2014
Metcalf Ridge Outline Plan    The plan provides the framework for a commercial development and diverse residential neighbourhoods within part of NE 20-40-26 W4  July 2014   July 2015
         
Other outline plans
Len Thompson Phase 2 Outline Plan
  This plan provides planning direction and control for the development of an industrial park located in part of SW and NW 29-46-26 W4. November 2012   
East Lacombe Industrial Park Outline Plan
  This plan allocates industrial uses for lands north of Highway 12 and east of 34 Street. May 2008  
Outline plans for the West Area Structure Plans
Midway Centre Outline Plan
  This non-statutory plan provides details for the development of SE 26-40-27 W4, located at the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 12. April 2012   
Midway Centre Urban Design Framework   This supporting document provides details for the design of the Midway Centre development. This document was not adopted by Council.     

Other PLANS


Description
 DATE Adopted LAst Amended
         
Natural Spaces Management Plan
  This plan provides a program for the long-term management of natural areas that will be integrated into the City's planning and development process. It creates a balance between development and the need for preservation of natural habitat and biodiversity. March 2002  
Quality Management Plan
  This plan provides a program for the long-term management of natural areas that will be integrated into the City's planning and development process. It creates a balance between development and the need for preservation of natural habitat and biodiversity. March 2002  
Municipal Sustainability Plan   “Imagine Lacombe” is the City of Lacombe’s Municipal Sustainability Plan, adopted on January 13, 2014.  Imagine Lacombe is the City of Lacombe’s highest level of guiding policy, a report which sets out the community’s vision for what it hopes to be, and achieve, by 2040.  Imagine Lacombe will be used to provide direction and develop future policy to guide the community to a more sustainable 2040.  January 2014
 
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