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Changing Land Use Designations in the City of Medicine Hat
Rezoning is required if you wish to develop your site (engage in a land use) in a manner that is not allowed by the current zoning. If you are a property owner, or an agent acting on behalf of a property owner, and wish to rezone a property, the process is described below.
The rezoning of a property involves changing a portion of the Land Use Bylaw. Therefore, an application must be made to the City Clerk to amend the Land Use Bylaw. Applications will be referred by the City Clerk to the Municipal Planning Commission and the General Manager of Planning & Development Services for comments.
TIP: It's advisable to contact Planning & Development Services as a first step. A Planning or Development Officer can let you know whether or not the department will support or discourage the application, based on feasibility and potential impacts to the neighbouring properties. This is not an indication of the final decision of City Council, but it may provide you with a measure of guidance in whether or not you wish to continue forward with your application.
Planning & Development Services
Second floor, City Hall
580 1st Street SE
What you need to apply for rezoning
1 - A completed Land Use Bylaw Amendment Application form ;
2 - A short written statement describing the reason for the application. Note: If the application is for a redesignation to Direct Control District, provide written reasons why particular control should be exercised over the site and why another land use designation is not appropriate;
3 - If you are not the registered owner of the site, you must provide satisfactory evidence that the application is authorized by the registered owner;
4 - A copy of the Certificate of Title for the site issued by a registry office less than 30 days before your application submission;
5 - A drawing of an appropriate scale showing: location of the site, its relationship to existing land uses and developments within 60 metres, and proposed zoning;
6 - Application fees are payable when you apply. 2020 rates: Rezoning $4,758.70; Text amendment or Direct Control rezoning $6,155.55. View all current fees.
7 - Submit your application (in person or by mail) to:
3rd floor - Medicine Hat City Hall
580 1st Street SE
After you have submitted your application
While there is no official time limit to rezone a property, the total time may take between 4 to 12 months, depending upon the complexity of the application.
If City Council is of the opinion that the rezoning benefits the community at large, Council may direct that the application fee be returned to the applicant.