Planning Documents

Bylaw 2020/20 – Town of Rocky Mountain House Municipal Development Plan

Received Second and Third Reading on January 19, 2021.

The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is the vision planning document that all other statutory documents, and ultimately, the Land Use Bylaw, is derived from. It acts as the road map for long-term development of the town. It establishes a shared vision for the future and outlines a path for getting there.

The Municipal Government Act states that an MDP must address future land use and development, the provision of municipal services and facilities, school and municipal reserves, and the coordination of transportation systems and infrastructure.

Bylaw 2020/19 – Town of Rocky Mountain House Land Use Bylaw


The Land Use Bylaw (LUB) is the document that designates land into different zoning districts, and regulates the purposes for which land and buildings may be used in each district. The LUB provides clear regulatory direction for land use and buildings to ensure successful implementation of the Municipal Development Plan (MDP). While the MDP provides the road map, the LUB provides the guidance to see it through by regulating use and development of land and buildings within the Town. It sets out various zoning districts, acceptable uses within each area, and how decisions on development applications are made.

The LUB is the most specific planning document, and is the primary document referred to in development permit decisions. For any new development in Town, reference the appropriate section or zoning district to ensure the proposed development will conform with the Land Use Bylaw.  

Please see the Land Use Bylaw Zoning Map and find your property on the map to determine your zoning.

Overtime, the Land Use Bylaw may be amended. Click here to view the list of Land Use Bylaw amendments (as of January 24, 2024)).

Area Structure Plans are statutory documents approved by Town Council that provides the long-term plan for development in new growth areas. Area Structure Plans provide more detail than the overall Municipal Development Plan, but not the extent of detail as in the Land Use Bylaw. Area Structure Plans provide the actual land uses that are to be designated to newly developed lands prior to subdivision.

For undeveloped areas within town, developers are required to prepare an outline plan that conforms with the associated Area Structure Plan prior to subdivision approval. For developed areas within town that are undergoing infill development, developers are required to conform to the requirements of the Area Redevelopment Plan that are established (if any).

Below are the Area Structure Plans and Area Redevelopment Plans all lands found within the Town of Rocky Mountain House:            

Bylaw 07/19LU - Intermunicipal Development Plan

The Intermunicipal Development Plan is a planning document signed by both the Town of Rocky Mountain House and Clearwater County, that guides the future development of the land within, and surrounding the Town's boundaries. It plans for the orderly expansion of the town's boundaries through annexation or joint development and provides a long term plan for the growth of the town.

Outline Plans

An Outline Plan is a non-statutory plan that provides land use and servicing frameworks for future subdivision and development within neighbourhoods. Below is a list of current Outline Plans for the Town of Rocky Mountain House;

Augoustis Outline Plan

Creekside Outline Plan
Falcon Ridge Outline Plan
Mud Lake Outline Plan
North East Outline Plan
Riverview Outline Plan
RVB Outline Plan

Architectural Guidelines        

Architectural guidelines have been in place since December 2011 to encourage new developments to conform to the Town's Historical Hudson's Bay Trading Fort theme.  The purpose of this theme was to tie into the town's unique trading fort history that founded the town in 1799. 

For more information on the town's history through being the westernmost post along the North Saskatchewan River, please see the about Rocky section.

For questions on the architectural guidelines document, please contact the Planning and Community Development Department at 403-847-5260.

All planning-related bylaws documents and policies currently in effect

Click here for an alphabetical list of these bylaws, documents and policies with descriptions. 
These documents are published in accordance with Municipal Government Act Sec. 638.2.

The Addressing Bylaw
For the orderly numbering of lots on the streets and avenues and for the renumbering of them from time to time as the Council considers expedient.

Business License Bylaw
A Bylaw for the regulation and licensing of all businesses carried within the municipality.

Compliance Certificates Policy 003/2002
To establish a written policy, approved by Council, to outline the procedure for issuing
Compliance Certificates.

Design Guidelines, Town of Rocky Mountain House 
The Design Guidelines Manual provides information regarding the Town of Rocky Mountain House's (Town) standards governing the subdivision design, servicing standards, the design and construction approval process, and the as-constructed drawing submission requirements.

Development Agreement Policy 001/2015
To establish a written policy that outlines the policies and procedures for
Development Agreements for the Town of Rocky Mountain House.

Election Signage Policy 020/2020
To establish a written policy, as approved by Council, regarding Election Signage guidelines. The Town of Rocky Mountain House wishes to ensure that Election Signs are placed in a manner that regards the amenities of existing developments, the respect of other Candidates, the safety of the traveling public, and the timeframe that Election Signs can be displayed

Encroachment Policy 005/2011
The Town of Rocky Mountain House is committed to the equal and consistent
process for dealing with encroachment issues. First and foremost, in dealing with
encroachments is to ensure the safety for all vehicular and pedestrian traffic within
our community.

Fees, Rates and Charges Bylaw
Bylaw which outlines the Town of Rocky Mountain House’s various rates & fees for each department including Planning & Development, Bylaw Enforcement and Fire Services and Fireworks Bylaw.

Historical Mural Incentive Program 004/2016
To establish a written policy, approved by council, to clarify expectations and determine criteria for a matching grant incentive program for businesses and commercial locations to partake in the development of a historical mural, with funding provided by Town Council.

Land Lease Rates Policy 006/2012
To establish a written policy to provide land lease rates that would be incorporated
into agreements for leasing of Town lands.

Off-Site Levy Bylaw  2017/04
A bylaw to provide for the imposition and collection of off-site levies.

Off-site Levy Policy Framework 004/2017
An update of the existing offsite levy bylaw. Provides further guidance and direction on issuing offsite levy costs. Related to Off-Site Levy Policy 005/2004.

Policy on the Sale of Town-Owned Lands 015/2014
Policy which governs and directs the sale of Town owned properties.

Request for Road Closure and Sale Policy 012/2014
To establish a procedure for the submission, review, and approval of applications for road closures, and the associated sale of land within Road right-of-ways. The procedure established is developed in accordance with Section 22: Road Closure of the Municipal Government Act Chapter M-26.

Requirements of an Outline Plan 003/1999
Written policy on requirements for submitting an Outline Plan to the Town of Rocky Mountain House.

Storefront Improvement Program 003/2024
To establish a written policy, approved by Council, to clarify expectations and determine criteria for a matching grant program for improving/renovating storefronts in the Downtown area, with funding provided by Town Council.

Street Naming Policy 006/2009
The provision of uniform and orderly street numbering and naming policy enables geographic locations to be found quickly and without incident. Names for streets, including avenues, are generally proposed by the developer, or named in relation to a natural geographic feature or land mark, or to a name of an individual or family in relation to a historic event or significant community contribution.

Telecommunication Facilities Protocols Policy 014/2021

To establish parameters, specific to the Town of Rocky Mountain House, to guide the proponent for a telecommunication facility and the Town in participating in the review process established by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISEDC).

Temporary Use of Public Property Policy 004/2011
To establish a written policy regarding the Temporary use of public land or a public road right of way for the commercial purposes of street vending, events, sales, and/or temporary patio usage.

Town of Rocky Mountain House - Utility Master Plan

The purpose of this report is to provide the Town of Rocky Mountain House with the information and the necessary tools to manage long-term infrastructure needs based on the Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) Future Land Uses Map. Four components are included in the scope of services: Water, Wastewater, Stormwater Management, and Transportation.

Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Bylaw
Bylaw to establish and maintain a system of the construction, control, and operation of water and sewer as a service.