Planning and Development
Big Valley is located close to major towns and cities and we are accessible by excellent road systems. Our community has quality education, recreation and health services, combined with a unique sense of community spirit. Fuse this with an excellent quality of life, low cost of living and a small-town atmosphere and you have many excellent reasons to relocate to our Village.
The Municipal Government Act identifies the hierarchy and relationship of statutory plans, so that each plan will be consistent with the plans above it and, in the event of an inconsistency, which provisions in what plan will prevail.
Land use planning in Alberta must follow plans at both the provincial and municipal level of government.
With the implementation of the Provincial Land Use Framework and the Alberta Land Stewardship Act, some planning decisions will be made at the regional level as well. Land use may also be subject to other federal and provincial regulations.
The graph below outlines the Village of Big Valley’s hierarchy of land use planning decisions with links to the documents below.
MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT ACT (MGA)
The MGA is the guide to how municipalities operate. The MGA affects everyone in Alberta, the private sector and every ministry in the Government of Alberta. Virtual copy of the MGA can be found on here. The MGA, as a high-level provincial plan, mandates the creation for IDPs , MDPs, and LUBs when needed.
PROVINCIAL LAND USE FRAMEWORK (LUF)
The Land-use Framework (LUF) sets out a new approach to managing our province’s land and natural resources to achieve Alberta’s long-term economic, environmental and social goals. The LUF establishes seven new land-use regions and calls for the development of a regional plan for each. Pages – default (alberta.ca)
INTERMUNICIPAL COLLABORATION FRAMEWORK (ICF)
Municipalities that share a common boundary must create an ICF with each other, unless they are members of the same growth management board. The County of Stettler borders the Village’s boundary and adopted an ICF with the County, to view the ICF please see below.
INTERMUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (IDP)
Intermunicipal Development Plans are made when municipalities share borders to address cooperation regarding planning matters of joint interest, addressing land use concerns, procedures for dealing with development proposals, and other matters related to the physical, social or economic development of the area. Big Valley currently shares an IDP with the County of Stettler please see below.
MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (MDP)
A Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is a statutory document mandated by the Municipal Government Act (MGA). MDP’s are created to set out general plans, goals and to guide policies for the future land development for the Village of Big Valley. An MDP was created and can be found below.
LAND USE BYLAW (LUB)
A Land Use Bylaw (LUB) is a planning document that regulates the use and development of the land and buildings within the Village. The LUB is consistent with all of the above planning documents. Control measures, such as, development permits, rezoning and subdivision applications, are directly reviewed against the LUB before approval or refusal. The Village’s LUB can be found below.
Development Permit Application
Village of Big Valley Land Use Bylaw
Village of Big Valley Land Use District Map
Big Valley IDP
Village of Big Valley and County of Stettler Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework
Key Contacts for Business or Economic Development:
Mr. Nate Horner (UCP)
MLA for Drumheller-Stettler
Current Member 0921
MLA Contact Information
300 South Railway Avenue East
Canada T0J 0Y0
4905 – 44 Avenue
Canada T0C 2L0
513H Legislature Building
10800 – 97 Avenue NW
Canada T5K 2B6
If your call to your MLA is long distance, please dial 310.0000 then the area code and the phone number you would like to reach in order to receive toll free access.