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Municipality asks for input on two key guiding documents for the region

IMAGE. Supplied the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Two of the municipality’s key guiding documents are under development.

The municipality is asking for engagement and input on the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and the Land Use Bylaw (LUB).

The MDP sets out the vision and blueprint for how sustainable growth and development will happen in the region over the next 20 years.

It focuses on current social, cultural and economic conditions in the region.

The current MDP was completed in 2011 when there was a very high growth rate throughout the region.

Due to the global drop in oil prices, economic downtown and Horse River Wildfire, the anticipated growth didn’t happen.

You can share your thoughts by Oct. 23.

The Land Use Bylaw guides what can take place and be built on any piece of land across the region.

It can affect issues like parking, signage, home businesses and accessory buildings.

The current LUB was put in place in 1999 and has been amended several times.

While discussion surround the LUB has been ongoing, the municipality wants to engage on whether it meets residents expectations.

This input is the final step before the bylaw is presented to council for approval.

Share your thoughts on the LUB by Oct. 18.

You can also engage in person on Oct. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Shell Place, or on Oct. 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Doug Barnes Cabin.

While registration for in-person engagement isn’t required, you can do so by calling Pulse at 780-743-7000.