All of the land within the Town of Bashaw is zoned for a particular use. Zoning involves dividing the land in our community into districts. This process of defining districts also dictates the permitted and discretionary uses for an area. Zoning is used to separate districts with incompatible uses from each other. Zoning regulations will include the types of developments that are allowed and the minimum setback requirements for each property line. Zoning is part of the Town’s Land Use Bylaw and is approved by Town Council.
Rezoning your land may be necessary in two situations: you wish to develop your land without subdividing in a way that is not possible under your current zone; or you wish to subdivide land into parcels used for a different purpose. Therefore, in many cases, a rezoning application may be accompanied by a subdivision or development permit application.
For example: Your property is currently zoned as Low Density Residential (R1), and you wish to construct a four-plex on the property. The property must then be rezoned as Medium Density Residential (R3).
Concurrent Rezoning and Subdivision Applications
If you are planning on subdividing your land, and are required to rezone your land, both applications can be dealt with concurrently. However, before receiving subdivision approval, Town Council must approve the rezoning application. If the rezoning application is not approved, the subdivision application will not move forward for approval. In the case of a rezoning application being refused, any fees paid for rezoning will not be refunded; subdivision fees may be refunded upon request.
If the rezoning application is approved, the subdivision will go before the subdivision approval authority, the Bashaw Town Council, at its next meeting date. Please note that rezoning and subdivision approval will not occur on the same day.
Further Zoning Information
For further information, please view our Rezoning Application Information document: