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Planning Documents

The Town of Rocky Mountain House is preparing a new Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw to guide growth and development over the next 20 years. These documents establish how Rocky Mountain House grows, what development looks like, and how to best support the daily needs of residents, visitors and businesses alike.

Report: What we Heard during the Imagine phase of public engagement.

We will be seeking input from residents throughout the process to ensure that these new documents reflect your vision for the future. The next engagement period will begin in January 2020. Check back for details.



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.

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 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 town's land use zoning map and find your property on the map to determine your zoning.

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:            


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.



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 policies currently in effect

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

Building Permit Fees Policy 001/2012
To establish a written policy, as approved by Council, to outline the procedure for
building permit fees for the Town of Rocky Mountain House.

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

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.

Development Permit Fees Policy 002/2015
To establish a written policy, as approved by Council, to outline the procedure for
the collection of fees associated with the application of Development Permits in
conjunction with the Town of Rocky Mountain House’s Land Use Bylaw.

Election Signage Policy 006/2010
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 and the safety of the traveling public.

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.

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 Policy 005/2004
To establish a written policy, approved by Council, to provide Administration guidance
for collection of Off-Site Levies. Related to Offsite Levy Policy Framework (004/2017).

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.

Parking Cash in Lieu Policy 011/1996
Outlines procedure for requesting cash-in-lieu for required onsite parking stalls as per the Land Use Bylaw.

Policy for permitting for Sea Cans 001/2010
Policy regarding permitting requirements for sea cans.

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

Procedure for Development Permits and Advertising 001/97
Policy and procedure on dealing with development permit applications.

Procedure for Exemption of Building Permits 008/1999
Establishes a written policy, approved by Council, to deal with applications for residential improvements (providing there are no structural alterations), decks below 2 feet above grade, basement renovations (providing there are no structural alterations), retaining walls and miscellaneous.

Procedure for Landscaping Requirements 008/96
Policy and procedure for dealing with landscaping requirements as set out in the Land Use Bylaw.

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 002/2012
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 Facility Guidelines 012/2004
To establish a written policy to limit the impact of telecommunications facilities within the boundaries of the Town of Rocky Mountain House and lands contained within the Inter-Municipal Development Plan.

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.

Yard Relaxation Policy 003/95
Gives the Municipal Planning Commission and Development Officer power to grant relaxations on all yard requirements that are 20% or less than the provisions of the Land Use Bylaw and meet the intent of the Alberta Building Code.