Thorhild County Land Use Bylaw Rewrite

Thorhild County is updating its Land Use Bylaw (LUB). The Land Use Bylaw is the main tool that County Council and Administration have to manage development on private lands within the County. The current Land Use Bylaw has 20 land use districts, each of which includes a list of permitted or discretionary uses that are allowed on properties of that district. It also includes general regulations on topics like parking, building setbacks, storage and signage. Finally, it defines the process that landowners can use to change the use of their land and undertake development on their property.

Project Documents
  • Land Use Bylaw Draft

  • Land Use Bylaw Draft Maps

  • Thorhild County LUB

  • Thorhild County MDP

  • Thorhild County Maps

Steering Committee #1

Focus Group Meetings

Survey #1

Steering Committee #2

Open House #1

Steering Committee #3 and Open House #2

Project Update


The Land Use Bylaw is the set of regulations that govern land use and development on private property within the County. The current Land Use Bylaw was approved in March 2015 and has received many amendments, which indicates that the LUB is due for a complete rewrite. The process of rewriting the LUB that Thorhild County is embarking on includes multiple opportunities for members of the public to learn about the changes and provide their input on the bylaw before it is approved by Council.

Next Steps

An opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the project was made available during the public hearing process on January 10, 2023. Members of the public provided their comments on the Land Use Bylaw in front of County Council.

Summer 2021
Project Initiation


Fall 2021
Evidence Gathering and Policy Review


Spring – Summer 2022
Land Use Bylaw Preparation


Summer – Winter 2023
Bylaw Finalization

Project Information

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee will consist of the County’s Municipal Planning Commission and community members selected by County Council and bring new ideas for discussion and test proposed regulations as they are drafted

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The new Land Use Bylaw will support the County’s efforts to achieve many of the community’s and Council’s goals of promoting vibrant communities that embrace environmental stewardship and strong economic development, including finding the right

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Contact us

David Blades

Manager of Planning & Development
Direct: 780-398-3741 ext. 2825

Marcelo Figueira

Associate, Urban Planning & Urban Design
Green Space Alliance
Office: 780-409-1767