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Land Development Process

​The Land Development Process outlines the chronological procedures for converting a section of raw land into an occupiable structure.

Greenfield / Brownfield

Description: A Greenfield site is an area of land that has never been developed or built on, and is often found surrounding urban areas. Some Greenfield sites have previously been used for agricultural purposes, but most are fields or vacant lots.

Description: A Brownfield site is a formerly developed plot of land that is abandoned or underused. Brownfield sites are often characterized by disuse, decay, and remaining evidence of development, such as paved areas.

Business Unit: Planning & Development
Key Contact: Mitchell Comb, Senior Community Planner: 403-320-4286
E-mail: mitchell.comb@lethbridge.ca

Municipal Government Act (Part 17)

The MGA defines the broad powers and general jurisdiction of municipalities. In regards to planning and development, the development of land demands strict adherence to legislative authority. The designated use of property affects all property owners, homeowners, and business owners and when a municipality makes bylaws and regulations in this area, everyone is affected to some degree. The MGA dedicates Part 17, section 616 to 708, to regulating land use, the development of lands, and appeal processes.

Integrated Community Sustainability Plan / Municipal Development Plan

Description: The Integrated Community Sustainability Plan / Municipal Development Plan (ICSP/MDP) is the primary planning document for the City of Lethbridge. The plan is a statutory document that has been adopted by council through bylaw. It is based on a creative consensus surrounding the social, cultural, economic, built and natural environment, and governance dimensions of sustainability. The resulting document strategically addresses the community’s immediate needs while at the same time develops long-term goals for guiding future development. In sum, the City of Lethbridge ICSP/MDP is the embodiment of the community’s vision for the future of our City.

Business Unit: Planning & Development
Key Contact: Robert McKay, Senior Community Planner: 403-320-4041
E-mail: robert.mckay@lethbridge.ca

Area Structure Plan

Description: The Area Structure Plan (ASP) proposes a sequence of development for an area, the future land uses, the density of population, and the general location of transportation and public utilizes.  The plan is a statutory document that must be passed by bylaw.

Business Unit: Planning & Development
Key Contact: Mitchell Comb, Senior Community Planner: 403-320-4286
E-mail: mitchell.comb@lethbridge.ca

Area Redevelopment Plan

Description: The Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) is a detailed long range plan that coordinates the conservation of existing neighborhoods from unsympathetic development proposals, and sets out the policies for the redevelopment of vacant and underutilized parcels of land and buildings. The plan is a statutory document that must be passed by bylaw.

Business Unit: Planning & Development
Key Contact: Robert McKay, Senior Community Planner: 403-320-4041
E-mail: robert.mckay@lethbridge.ca

Outline Plan

Description: Outline plans provide a more specific planning framework for an area included within an Area Structure Plan and conforms to the general principles and concepts established in the ASP.

Business Unit: Planning & Development
Key Contact: Barry Peat, Senior Subdivision Planner: 403-320-3927
E-mail: barry.peat@lethbridge.ca

Rezoning

Description: A greenfield site is an area of land that has never been developed or built on, and is often found surrounding urban areasRezoning is the process of changing the land use that applies to a property or parcel of land. Rezoning is required if you wish to develop your site in a manner that is not allowed by the current zoning.

Business Unit: Planning & Development
Key Contact: Mitchell Comb, Senior Community Planner: 403-320-4286
E-mail: mitchell.comb@lethbridge.ca

Key Contact: Robert McKay, Senior Community Planner: 403-320-4041
E-mail: robert.mckay@lethbridge.ca

Subdivision

Description: Subdivision approval is the process to legally create new land titles. Subdivision approval is required when: 1) Creating lots for new neighborhoods, 2) Creating separate land titles for each unit of a duplex or row housing, 3) Creating separate land titles for each dwelling on a single parcel, 4) Redefining the property boundaries between two parcels. The subdivision process ensures that proposals are consistent with future development goals in the city.

Business Unit: Planning & Development
Key Contact: Barry Peat, Senior Subdivision Planner: 403-320-3927
E-mail: barry.peat@lethbridge.ca

Land Titles Registration

Description: The subdivision authority approval from the City of Lethbridge and the plan prepared by the land surveyor are sent to Land Titles.  Land Titles registers the plan and creates the new Certificates of Title which the Landowner can then sell to the public.

This is an external process from the City of Lethbridge, and it is the land owners resposibility to initiate registration with Land Titles.

Key Contact:  Survey company as contracted by Landowner

Detailed Design: Infrastructure

Description:  Land developers must engage the services of a Professional Engineer to design their development.  The engineer will design all infrastructure necessary to allow the proposed usage to take place within the new development.  The detailed design will include a water distribution system, a wastewater collection system, a stormwater management system as well as any required surface features such as grading, roads, sidewalks, lanes and landscaping.

This design must conform to City of Lethbridge Design Standards.  When the drawings are complete, they are submitted to the City for review by Infrastructure Services to ensure that the design is compliant and fits well into the adjacent areas of the City.  Once the review has been completed the City will approve the drawings for construction.

Business Unit: Urban Construction
Key Contact: Leanne Schroyen, Construction Coordinator: 403-329-7316
E-mail: leanne.schroyen@lethbridge.ca

Service Agreement

Description: When a land developer is proposing a new development within the City of Lethbridge, they must enter into a Service Agreement with Infrastructure Services.  The agreement details the contractual relationship between the Developer and the City.  It is a detailed document which lists the Developers obligations to the City and the City’s obligations to the Developer for the development of land within the City.  Any fees, levies or charges that the Developer owes to the City are listed in this document.

Business Unit: Urban Construction
Key Contact: Leanne Schroyen, Construction Coordinator: 403-329-7316
E-mail: leanne.schroyen@lethbridge.ca

Civil Construction

Description:  The Developer is responsible for constructing all infrastructure as per the approved Detail Design Drawings.  The developer hires a Civil Construction contractor to work under the supervision of the Engineer.  The Contractor builds the infrastructure as shown in the detailed drawings.  All watermains, storm and sewer mains and roadways must be completed before building construction can begin in a new development.

Business Unit: Urban Construction
Key Contact: Leanne Schroyen, Construction Coordinator: 403-329-7316
E-mail: leanne.schroyen@lethbridge.ca

Construction Completion Certificate (CCC)

Description: The Construction Completion Certificate documents the official completion date of the Civil Construction work within a development.  The date on the CCC is used to establish warranty periods on all of the work that was completed by the Developer’s Contractor.

Business Unit: Urban Construction
Key Contact: Leanne Schroyen, Construction Coordinator: 403-329-7316
E-mail: leanne.schroyen@lethbridge.ca

Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC)

Description:  The Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) is a document which marks the end of the warranty period on any part of the Civil Construction work.  When this document is signed, the City officially accepts all responsibility for the noted infrastructure and the Developer no longer has any obligation to the City for work that is covered by the FAC.

Business Unit: Urban Construction
Key Contact: Leanne Schroyen, Construction Coordinator: 403-329-7316
E-mail: leanne.schroyen@lethbridge.ca

Land Use Bylaw

Description: The land use bylaw is the means of regulating the use and development of parcels of land. The Act defines “development” as an excavation or stockpile, construction, renovation, or repairs to a building, a change in the use of land or intensity in the use of land. The current Land use Bylaw is LUB 5700, effective September 1, 2011.

Business Unit: Planning & Development
Key Contact: Gepke Stevenson, Senior Development Officer: 403-320-4193
E-mail: gepke.stevenson@lethbridge.ca

Development Approval

Description: A Development Permit is needed for just about any activity on an individual parcel of land.  A Development Officer reviews a development application for compliance with Land Use Bylaw 5700 which sets out land use districts and the allowable land uses.  The Land Use Bylaw also has site development rules such as building setbacks and heights, parcel coverage, parking requirements, landscaping, etc.

Most development decisions are made by the Development Officers but some, like applications for a bar or nightclub are made by the Municipal Planning Commission.  If the Development Permit grants a waiver of the development rules or is for a discretionary use the permit is subject to an appeal period.  Anyone who is affected by the permit may appeal it to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.

Business Unit: Development Services
Key Contact: Jason Price, Development Officer (commercial/industrial): 403-320-3852
E-mail: jason.price@lethbridge.ca

Key Contact: Angie Olsen, Development Officer (commercial/special use): 403-320-4950
E-mail: angie.olsen@lethbridge.ca

Key Contact: Pam Colling, Development Officer (residential):  403-320-4140
E-mail: pam.colling@lethbridge.ca

Building Permit

Description: Building Permits are required for, but not limited to, any new construction, demolition, alteration or addition to a structure, accessory building, garage, deck more than 600mm (2ft) above grade, swimming pool/hot tub, and retaining walls 1.2m or higher. A Building Permit is required before any work commences on the project and may be applied for by the registered property owner, or an agent for the property owner.

A Safety Codes Officer will review the application for compliance with the Alberta Building Code and referenced documents. Once all required information has been submitted, the SCO will issue the permit to the Applicant at which time construction may begin. A Building SCO will perform inspections throughout the construction process verifying that the structure is being built in accordance with the approved plans and Code requirements.

Business Unit: Building Inspection Services
Key Contact: Darrin Harsch, Senior Building Inspector: 403-320-3134
E-mail: darrin.harsch@lethbridge.ca

Heating & Ventilation, Plumbing, Electrical and Gas Permits

Description:  Additional permits for heating & ventilation, plumbing, drainage, gas, and electrical work are to be applied for by a sub-trades contractor with valid trades qualifications, and a current business license with the City of Lethbridge. In most cases, a Building Permit must be issued prior to the sub-trade permits.

A homeowner and occupier of a detached single family dwelling may obtain a permit to do his own work by completing a permit application form and paying the permit fee. The city reserves the right to determine whether the applicant is capable of doing such work safely and in compliance with City of Lethbridge Bylaws. As the construction project proceeds through the various stages, inspections are conducted by Safety Codes Officers. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to contact Building Inspections to request an inspection.

Business Unit: Building Inspection Services
Key Contact: Lawrence Unser, Senior Mechanical Inspector: 403-320-3834
E-mail: lawrence.unser@lethbridge.ca

Key Contact: Ken Forbes, Senior Electrical Inspector: 403-320-3839
E-mail: ken.forbes@lethbridge.ca

Developer / Builder Applies for Site I.D.

Description: A site I.D. is a unique identifier for each electric service and is required to secure an electrical installation in Alberta. To apply for a site I.D. you will need to provide the installation address, electrical permit number and the service characteristics. This is normally coordinated through the electrical contractor. The electrical and gas service are installed once the home foundation is completed. The site is then energized once the final inspection occurs. The electrician may need to coordinate the site energize with the line shop.

Business Unit: Utility Services
Key Contact: Utility Customer Care: 403-320-3111
E-mail: utilitycustomercare@lethbridge.ca

Key Contact: Line Shop: 403-320-3940

Crossing Permit

Description:  A vehicle crossing can be described as a driveway, connecting your property to the street or road. A Vehicle Crossing Permit is to be obtained prior to any works being undertaken on an existing vehicle crossing, or construction of a new vehicle crossing. The area between your property boundary and the curbside is the section that requires a permit if you wish to construct a driveway. This section is part of the road reserve. Construction of the driveway is your responsibility as the property owner requiring vehicle access to the street.

Business Unit: Infrastructure Services
Key Contact: Stan Maier, Infrastructure Construction & Survey Coordinator: 403-320-4063
E-mail: stan.maier@lethbridge.ca

Occupancy Permit / Change of Use

Description: Occupancy permits are documents that signify that Safety Codes Officers are satisfied and have approved your building as being suitable for occupation. An occupancy permit is not a statement that all the building work is necessarily complete. Nor is it a certificate that states that all building work complies with the relevant legislation or contract.

An occupancy permit is issued when your building is "suitable to occupy" from a health and safety point of view. An occupancy permit will only be issued to you when items affecting health and life safety are in place and operational. These include potable water supply, provisions for firefighting, sanitary & cooking facilities, smoke alarms, safety glass, handrails and balustrades. It does not mean that all the painting is done or that the carpet is laid, for example.

Safety Codes Officers work in conjunction with Fire Prevention and Alberta Health Services, and at least one week is needed to coordinate the inspection.

Business Unit: Building Inspection Services
Key Contact: Darrin Harsch, Senior Building Inspector: 403-320-3134
E-mail: darrin.harsch@lethbridge.ca

Owner / Tenant Applies for Site I.D.

Description: At this step, responsibility for the utilities shifts to the occupant. If a water meter has not been previously installed, an installation will be requested at this time. A garbage cart for refuse removal can also be ordered from Public Utilities.

Business Unit: Utility Services
Key Contact: Utility Customer Care: 403-320-3111
E-mail: utilitycustomercare@lethbridge.ca

Key Contact: Public Operations: 403-320-3850
E-mail: publicoperations@lethbridge.ca

Owner / Tenant Occupancy

Description: At this stage, all life safety and health components of the building are completed, and the owner or tenant has had all final inspections and their occupancy permit approved. All meters and utility hook ups are completed and the structure is ready to be occupied.