1 Purpose & Authority

1.1 General Purpose

The purpose of this Bylaw is to allow sustainable development based on Smart Growth Principles as they relate to the surrounding built and un-built environment. To accomplish this, the Bylaw organizes sustainable development patterns along a rural-to-urban sequence based on the pedestrian experience and with the knowledge and expectation that development decisions made today will impact future generations.

In order to ensure this Purpose is achieved, all planning applications, including land use, subdivision and development permit applications, will be evaluated using the following Principles:

A Pedestrian as the Universal Measure of Design:

The Town of High River is to be designed based on a scale that is comfortable to people, encourages walking, accommodates a variety of functions, can change, and adapt over time, and will foster an environment that supports and reinforces the social aspects of the TownTownTown means that Town of High River, a municipal corporation in the Province of Alberta, or the area within the corporate limits of the Town of High River, as the context requires..

Stewardship through Sustainable Design:

The TownTownTown means that Town of High River, a municipal corporation in the Province of Alberta, or the area within the corporate limits of the Town of High River, as the context requires., the community, and the development industry act as stewards for the High River of tomorrow. All development shall focus on long term quality over short term gains.

1.2 Authority

1.2.1
The action of the Town of High River, hereby known as the “TownTownTown means that Town of High River, a municipal corporation in the Province of Alberta, or the area within the corporate limits of the Town of High River, as the context requires.", in the adoption of this Bylaw is authorized under the Municipal Government Act, as amended.
1.2.2
The adoption of this Bylaw is necessary to promote the health, safety, convenience, and general welfare of the citizens of the TownTownTown means that Town of High River, a municipal corporation in the Province of Alberta, or the area within the corporate limits of the Town of High River, as the context requires. and to assist in the coordinated, efficient, and economical development of the TownTownTown means that Town of High River, a municipal corporation in the Province of Alberta, or the area within the corporate limits of the Town of High River, as the context requires.. This Bylaw is implemented in order to advance the objectives and policies of the Town PlanTown PlanTown Plan means the Municipal Development Plan adopted by Council in accordance with the Municipal Government Act..
1.2.3
This Bylaw shall be referred to as the "Town of High River Land Use Bylaw".

1.3 Applicability

1.3.1
This Bylaw shall apply to all lands contained within the municipal limits of the TownTownTown means that Town of High River, a municipal corporation in the Province of Alberta, or the area within the corporate limits of the Town of High River, as the context requires..
1.3.2
Provisions of this Bylaw are activated by “shall” when required; “should” when recommended; and “may” when optional.
1.3.3
The provisions of this Bylaw, when in conflict, shall take precedence over those of other local bylaws, regulations, and standards except the Municipal Engineering Standards.
1.3.4
Any Federal and Provincial legislation, regulations, approval processes, licensing or permitting shall be applied to DevelopmentDevelopmentDevelopment means:
(a) An Excavation or stockpile and the creation of either of them; or
(b) A Building or an addition to, or replacement or repair of a Building, or the construction, Demolition, removal, or placing in, on, over, or under, land of any of them; or
(c) A Change of Use of land or a Building, on an act done in relation to land or a Building, that results in, or is likely to result in, a change in the Use of the land or Building; or
(d) A change in the intensity of Use of land or Building, or an act done in relation to land or a Building, that results in, or is likely to result in, a change in the intensity of Use of the land or Building.
applications as required, specifically, the Alberta Safety Codes Act.
1.3.5
If any provision of this Bylaw is held, by court of competent jurisdiction, to be invalid, then the validity of the remaining provisions of this Bylaw shall not in any way be affected or impaired.
1.3.6
Words and terms used in this Bylaw shall have the same meaning as given to them in the Municipal Government Act unless otherwise defined in Part 5 Definition of Terms. Where no definition is provided in the Municipal Government Act, the Alberta Interpretation Act or this Bylaw, Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary shall be used.
1.3.7
Where in conflict, numerical metrics shall take precedence over graphic metrics. Graphics are to support the regulations in this Bylaw.
1.3.8
For the purpose of confirming compliance with this Bylaw, measurements shall be rounded off to the same number of significant figures as set out in this Bylaw.
1.3.9
A legal StructureStructureStructure means anything constructed or erected, the use of which requires more or less permanent location on the ground, or attached to something having permanent location on the ground. Can include a Building., UseUseUse means the utilization of a parcel of land for a particular development activity., or LotLotLot means an area of land described in a Certificate of Title or described in a Certificate of Title by reference to a Plan filed or registered in a Land Titles Office and includes a Bareland Condominium unit created under a Condominium plan. that conformed to all previous Land Use Bylaw requirements prior to the date this Bylaw came into force, is deemed to be in conformance with this Bylaw.