M.D. of Acadia No. 34 2023 Land Use Bylaw Re-Write Public Survey 
Available Background Information: Thank you for taking the time to participate in the re-write of the M.D. of Acadia’s Land Use Bylaw. The M.D. released the full draft of the Land Use Bylaw for public review on the municipal website (www.mdacadia.ab.ca). A set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have also been prepared and posted on the website. Review of these items is not necessary but encouraged prior to completing the survey or submitting written comments. Additionally, project inquires can be addressed to the M.D. using the contact information on the cover page.

Survey Structure: The following survey provides several open-ended questions to highlight major changes and encourage discussion on these topics. All survey responses received by the deadline (see front page) will be considered, regardless of if all questions are answered or just one. If you require more space to write your response, please attach extra pages to your survey and number each response.

Written Submissions: In addition to the survey, written comments can be mailed, emailed, or faxed (contact information is provided on the front page) and must be received by the M.D. on or before the deadline.

Next Steps: Survey responses and written submissions will be summarized and presented in a ‘What We Heard’ report (WWHR). The WWHR will be made available to Council prior to first reading of the bylaw. First reading is anticipated to occur in early 2024 (see timeline below); however, please note 1st reading, and the public hearing dates are tentative, with the exact dates to be confirmed a minimum of two weeks in advance. Dates will be posted on the municipal website.
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1. Where do you live?
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2. Have you reviewed the Draft Land Use Bylaw or related materials?
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3. Do you support the three project goals of the draft land use bylaw?

The 3 Goals are:

1. Ensuring compliance with the 2020 Intermunicipal Development Plan, the 2022 Municipal Development Plan, and changes to the provincial Municipal Government Act.

2. Updating to best practices which include amending land use districts to allow more permitted uses, ensuring parcel dimensions are sufficient to support properties when piped services are unavailable, and updating the general and specific regulations to reduce potential for land use conflicts (i.e., requirements for home occupations, kennels, autobody shops, etc.).

3. Clarifying and simplifying regulations by reducing the defined use terms, adding graphics and quick links, adding details to the development permit process, and restructuring the organization of the bylaw to clarify when and where regulations apply to developments and subdivisions. 

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3d) If you answered (c) to the above question, please explain here:
4. In the Agriculture General District, the draft Land Use Bylaw proposes to allow landowners more subdivision potential, permitting up to three (3) extra parcels on a quarter section (four (4) parcels in total). The current Land Use Bylaw only permits one (1) extra parcel (1st parcel out) before a landowner would have to rezone to another district.

Do you support this proposed change?
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4d) If you answered (c) to the above question, please explain here:
5.   In the Agriculture General District, the draft Land Use Bylaw proposes to allow two (2) permitted dwellings, with additional dwellings being discretionary. Currently only one (1) dwelling is permitted.

Do you support this proposed change?
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5d) If you answered (c) to the above question, please explain here:
6. To reduce red tape for residential development in the Hamlet of Acadia Valley, the draft Land Use Bylaw proposes to merge the Hamlet General Residential (HGR) District and the Hamlet Single Residential (HSR) District into one new district called, the Hamlet Residential (HR) District.

Do you support this change?

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6d) If you answered (c) to the above question, please explain here:
7.  To reduce red tape for non-residential development in the Hamlet of Acadia Valley, the draft Land Use Bylaw proposes to merge the Hamlet Commercial (HC) District and Hamlet Industrial (HI) into one new district called, the Hamlet Business (HB) District.
 
Do you support this change?
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7d) If you answered (c) to the above question, please explain here:
8. To reduce red tape for land uses with little to no potential for impact on neighbouring properties, Section 3 of the draft Land Use Bylaw proposes several uses that will be exempt from a development permit. Uses are only exempt from a permit if they comply with all aspects of the Land Use Bylaw (including setbacks, building height, etc.). These proposed uses include a Day Home (childcare with 6 or less non-resident children), Home Occupation – Phone & Desk (e.g., accountant), and installation of Renewable Energy Systems for private use (such as roof mounted solar panels). 

Do you support these proposed changes?
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8d) If you answered (c) to the above question, please explain here:
9)  Do you think anything is missing or should be changed in the draft Land Use Bylaw?
10.  Is there anything in the draft land use bylaw that you would like more information about? 
11. May we contact you? If yes, please provide your contact information below (name, phone or email)
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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