Final Draft of Intermunicipal Development Plan with Vulcan County ready for Public Hearing

The municipal councils for Vulcan County and the Village of Arrowwood have given First Reading to the enacting bylaws for their Intermunicipal Development Plan. Vulcan County Council addressed this item in August followed by the Village Council in September.

The plan sets out a collaborative development strategy. While public consultation was sought in the development and negotiation phase of this draft plan, there is a legislated requirement for each council to undertake an advertised Public Hearing prior to considering Second and Third Reading of their enacting bylaws to finalize it.

Public Hearing at Vulcan County for Bylaw 2020-021 will occur on October 7, 2020, at 11:15 AM in the Vulcan County Council Chambers. It received First Reading on August 19, 2020.

Public Hearing at Village of Arrowwood for Bylaw 477 will occur on October 13, 2020, at 6:00 PM in the Village Office. It received First Reading on September 8, 2020.

Participation in Public Hearings at Vulcan County Council is explained HERE. Similarly, participation in Public Hearings at the Village of Arrowwood can be requested by contacting the Chief Administrative Officer.

This document covers a number of planning matters, including transportation and community growth initiatives, among others. Concerns were raised during initial public consultation regarding the Confined Feeding Operation (CFO) exclusion zone, building upon the planning framework already established by Vulcan County’s Municipal Development Plan of 2012. As a result of this consultation, section 2.5.3 (on page 10) was added, making the future potential to amend these exclusion zones clear. Ultimately, jurisdiction over CFOs rests with the Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) and their standards regarding size, scale and environmental impact. While the NRCB will consider planning input from municipalities, it will give more weight to  plans formally adhered to after a public hearing and bylaw process rather than less-formalized responses that are reactionary toward specific applications.  The NRCB deliberates upon and decides each CFO application that comes before it, as well as standards of development that will mitigate environmental impact.

The final draft of the Intermunicipal Development Plan can be downloaded, HERE, as well as viewed below.



Planning & Development

The Development Officer for the Village of Arrowwood is the Chief Administrative Officer. Please contact the Village Office to discuss all prospective development.

While the Development Officer can approve all “Permitted Use” applications, they retain the right to refer ANY application to the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) for decision. The Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) is appointed by the Village Council, consisting of two members of the Village Council and a Member-at-Large. This body will review and decide upon all “Discretionary Use” applications, as well as permit and determine any context specific “waivers” of standards that are otherwise required.

Decisions of the Municipal Planning Commission can be appealed to the Chinook Subdivision Development Appeal Board (SDAB) by the applicant, by adjacent landowners or other interested parties. This avenue of appeal is established under Bylaw 466 which can be found HERE. As a last resort, application can be made to the courts to overturn the decision of any Subdivision Development Appeal Board which, in this case, would be a lawsuit against the Village of Arrowwood once the Chinook SDAB has rendered a decision.

The Village of Arrowwood is a member-municipality of the Oldman River Regional Services Commission (ORRSC). This means that the village is a shareholder and part owner of this organization and, as such, appoints a representative to their Board of Directors. The services of this commission are necessary for compliance with governing legislation and a planner is assigned to Arrowwood to act on the village’s behalf. Over and above direct planning advice and direction, ORRSC also provides Arrowwood with a Geographic Information System (GIS), an Assessment Complaint Review Board, as well as managing the Chinook Subdivision Development Appeal Board.

More information on the services provided to Arrowwood by ORRSC can be found HERE, along with the contact information for Arrowwood’s Planner.

The Land Use Bylaw can be found HERE.
Arrowwood Land Use Bylaw 451 October 2015 (consolidated to Bylaw 464)

The Map for the Land Use Bylaw can be found HERE.
Arrowwood Land Use Bylaw 451 October 13 2015 (Map Amended to Bylaw No 464)

The Amendments to the Land Use Bylaw from 2019 can be found HERE.
Arrowwood Land Use Bylaw 451 - AMENDMENTS

The Municipal Development Plan Bylaw 465 can be found HERE.
Arrowwood Municipal Development Plan Bylaw 465 January 2019

The 2019 Background Report to the Intermunicipal Development Plan with Vulcan County can be found HERE.
Vulcan County & Village of Arrowwood Intermunicipal Development Plan Background Report 2019 January 2019

The 2020 Intermunicipal Development Plan with Vulcan County can be found HERE. Vulcan County & Village of Arrowwood Intermunicipal Development Plan Bylaw No. 2020-021 and Bylaw No. 477, December 2020(1)