Planning & Development

Planning and Development (P&D) plays a central role in the change and development of our community by establishing and administering the Village of Nampa’s land use planning framework (Land Use Planning Framework). P&D aims to ensure orderly, economical and beneficial development, and to maintain and improve the quality of the Village’s physical environment through the application of tools and services under the land use planning framework. The scope of P&D services include:

Land Use and Sustainability Planning

Land Use and Sustainability Planning involves the creation and administration of long-term, community vision plans, such as statutory plans (e.g., Municipal Development Plan, Intermunicipal Development Plans and Area Structure Plans), and the Land Use Bylaw, which together provide direction and the regulatory mechanism for implementing the desired change.

Development Permitting and Subdivision Planning

This includes processing and issuing decisions on development permit and subdivision applications, based on approved plans, the Land Use Bylaw, and other applicable municipal and provincial legislation.

Development Control

Development Control involves the use of tools such as Development Agreements, inspections and Land Use Bylaw enforcement mechanisms to achieve desirable development outcomes.

Special Projects

Examples of special projects undertaken though P&D include Park Design and Special Studies (e.g. Lot Availability Study).

Other services

These are services provided to the public for a fee outside the core P&D services (e.g., Compliance Report or Certificate).

The Village of Nampa works closely with the Mackenzie Municipal Services Agency  to implement its land use planning framework.

Up-coming Public Hearings

Not at this time

General Inquiries

General inquiries about Planning and Development can be directed to Dianne Roshuk, CAO of the Village of Nampa, by phone at (780) 332-3852 or by email at

Municipal Government Act 

The Municipal Government Act (MGA) is the key provincial legislation from which the Village of Nampa derives its authority to undertake planning and development. The MGA establishes the powers and responsibilities of Council and administration in creating policies, plans and bylaws to regulate land use and development within their municipality, to ensure orderly physical, environmental and economical beneficial development. Specifically, the MGA allows a municipality to create four (4) types of statutory plans—namely, Municipal Development Plan (MDP), Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP), Area Structure Plan (ASP) and Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP)—and the Land Use Bylaw. These provide a framework for coordinated land use planning and decision-making. The MGA also provides municipalities with enforcement mechanisms to ensure conformity between development and approved plans and bylaws.

Alberta Land Stewardship Act

The Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) is a 2009 provincial legislation that establishes a regional approach to land use planning through the implementation of the Alberta Land-use Framework (LUF). It aims to achieve Alberta’s long-term economic, social and environmental goals through the efficient management of public and private lands and natural resources. The ALSA divides up the province into seven “land-use regions”, based on the LUF, which correspond to Alberta’s major watersheds, and contemplates a regional plan for each region. The Village of Nampa is located within the Lower Peace Region. Once adopted, the Lower Peace Regional Plan will provide high-level policy direction for the land use planning and decision-making within the Village of Nampa.

Provincial Land Use Policies

The province’s Land Use Policies were created in 1996 under the MGA to guide municipalities in harmonizing provincial and municipal policy initiatives at the local land use planning level. The policies establish high-level principles, such as a collaborative approach to addressing planning issues, for better land use planning. The Provincial Land Use Policies will be replaced by regional plans once in effect.

Subdivision and Development Regulation

Enacted in 2002 and amended in 2017, the Subdivision and Development Regulation outlines a number of requirements, procedures and guidelines for the referral and decision-making process on subdivision applications in Alberta, in addition to the requirements of the MGA. The Subdivision and Development Regulation prescribes the following setback distances:

  • 100 metres from gas and oil wells;
  • 1.5 kilometres from sour gas wells and facilities (depending on the level of the sour gas facility and the intensity of the proposed use);
  • 300 metres from the working area of a wastewater treatment plant;
  • 300 metres from the disposal area of an operating or non-operating landfill, or the working area of an operating storage site; and
  • 450 metres from the working area of an operating landfill, the working or disposal area of a non-operating hazardous waste management facility or the working area or disposal area of an operating hazardous waste management facility.

The Subdivision and Development Regulation also requires that an applicant for subdivision or for development permit (except when the proposed building is less than 47 square metres) supply information regarding abandoned oil and gas wells on the subject parcel. If an abandoned well is identified during the application process, Alberta Energy Regulator Directive 079 (Surface Development in Proximity to Abandoned Wells) prescribes minimum setbacks and may require the applicant to contact the licensee of record.

Intermunicipal Development Plan (2017)

An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a statutory plan prepared collaboratively between two (or more) municipalities to provide direction for the future development of lands of the mutual importance. The Village of Nampa has only one IDP with Northern Sunrise County, which was adopted in 2017. Providing a cooperative framework for land use planning and development decision-making for lands around the boundaries of the two municipalities, the IDP contains policies that address land use, environmental matters, transportation, economic development and intermunicipal infrastructure, as well as procedures for administering and amending the plan

Municipal Development Plan (2012)

The Village of Nampa’s Municipal Development Plan was adopted by Council in 2012 to provide a cohesive framework to guide local decision making that is necessary to achieve the Village’s long term vision. The MDP guides future land use, infrastructure, environmental, social and economic policy decisions within the Village’s corporate boundaries in a manner that reflects the municipality’s vision. The guiding principle of the MDP is that all future growth in the Village of Nampa will occur in an orderly, efficient and economically sound manner through efficient land use planning.

Northwest Sector Area Structure Plan (1993)

An Area Structure Plan (ASP) provides a framework for future subdivision and development of land, resulting in the creation of a new neighbourhood or commercial area. ASPs identify where residential, commercial, institutional and other land uses will be located and how services such as water, electricity, sewer systems, telecommunications, schools, fire protection and parks will be provided. Currently, the Village of Nampa has one ASP for the Northwest portion of the Village, known as the Northwest Sector Area Structure Plan. The Northwest Sector ASP is aimed at guiding the Village and the private sector to ensure orderly, rational and economic development of the Plan Area.

Land Use Bylaw No. 421 (Consolidated 2016)

The Land Use Bylaw can be described as the “rule book” for development within the Village of Nampa. It regulates the development of land and buildings on a site-specific basis, based on the policy directions set by the MDP, IDP and ASP. The LUB defines what constitutes development (or land use); divides up the Village into land use districts and lists the land uses allowed in each district; separates all the land uses enabled in each district into permitted and discretionary uses; and sets the development standards (e.g., size of land and buildings, building heights, setbacks and site coverage) for each land use district. It also lists the requirements for a development permit application and timelines for decision; outlines the process for appealing a development permit decision; and the process for amending the Land Use Bylaw

Additional Land Use Bylaw Amendments (not in consolidated document)

Amending the Land Use Bylaw

A person may apply to amend the Land Use Bylaw, in writing, to the Development Officer by completing the Land Use Bylaw Amendment Application Form together with the application fee as established by Council. All applications to amend the Bylaw shall include the following:

  • A certificate of title for the subject property;
  • An indication of the applicant’s interest in the subject property;
  • A statement of the proposed land uses;
  • Reasons  in support of the amendment; and
  • Any supporting drawings subject to the satisfaction of the Development Officer.

All amendments to the Land Use Bylaw shall be made in conformity with the provisions of MGA and any applicable ststutory plans. The Village of Nampa may, at any time, also initiate an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw.

Public Participation Policy

In addition to provincial legislation, statutory plans and the Land Use Bylaw, the Village of Nampa has a Public Participation Policy, which may be used when considering applications for development permit and subdivision. The Public Participation Policy outlines the Village’s approach to public participation. It defines the role of Council and Administration in informing and engaging stakeholders in the municipal decision-making process.

Lot AvailabilityStudy

The Lot Availability Study provides a factual inventory of existing vacant lands within the Village of Nampa as of 2016. It identifies the current number of vacant lots, divided into private and municipal owned lots. It also identifies which lots are unserviced for future infrastructure upgrading requirements. The Lot Avalibility Study may be considered when determining the approval conditions for a development or subdivision, based on the level of services available to the land.

Development and Subdivision Application Process

Applying for a Development Permit

Unless exempted by the Land Use Bylaw or other legislation, all developments within the Village of Nampa require a development permit. A development permit provides legal authorization for a development; having it protects the property owner or renter/leasee against future legal or transactional issues. Development permits must be obtained prior to undertaking a development. The process of applying for a development permit, including all the documents required, is detailed in the Guide to Applying for a Development Permit (requires a hyperlink to uploaded document). Applicants for a development permit are advised to read the guidelines prior to completing an application.

To apply for a development permit, please download and complete the Development Permit Application Form  and submit it to the Village Office. If the proposed development is not enabled in the district where your site is located, you must first apply for an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw, to enable the type of development you want and, if successful, apply for a development permit. To apply for a Land Use Bylaw Amendment, use the Land Use Bylaw Amendment Application Form.

Unless extended by a written agreement between the Development Authority and the applicant, the Development Authority has 40 days to make a decision on a development permit application from the date the applicant is issued a Notice of Complete Application. To ensure timely processing of applications, it is important for applicants to submit a complete application and also provide any additional information, if required by the Development Authority during the review process. Please contact the Development Officer at the Village of Nampa Municipal Office prior to submitting an application, if you have any questions about completing the application form.

Depending on the nature of the proposed development, applicants may require additional permits/ licenses from external organizations before commencing or operating their development. Permits/licenses from external agencies may include building, fire, mechanical/electrical, plumbing and gas permits from an accredited Safety Codes Agency and/or license from a federal or provincial agency (e.g., Cannabis Store License from AGLC to operate a cannabis retail facility)..

In addition to permits/licenses, inspections may also be conducted by the Village Office, provincial authorities or external agencies to verify that the completed development complies with applicable legislation, standards or conditions of the approved permit or license. These inspections may include fire, safety codes and health inspections.

Applying for a Subdivision

Subdivision is the process of dividing a single parcel of land into two or more parcels, each with a separate Certificate of Title. A registered land or property owner (or their authorized agent) wishing to create two or more lots from a single parcel of land must obtain a subdivision approval prior to subdividing the land. Mackenzie Municipal Services Agency  (MMSA) is the Subdivision Authority for the Village of Nampa. Applicants for subdivision can download the application package, which include the Subdivision Application Guidelines and application form, which are available on the MMSA website.

Subdivision planning within the Village of Nampa is guided by the MGA, the Subdivision Authority Bylaw (which designates MMSA as the subdivision authority for the Village of Nampa), the Subdivision and Development Regulation, the Land Use Bylaw, any applicable statutory plans, policies, other bylaws, standards and regulations.

Subdivision planning within the Village of Nampa is guided by the MGA, the Subdivision Authority Bylaw (which designates MMSA as the subdivision authority for the Village of Nampa), the Subdivision and Development Regulation, the Land Use Bylaw, any applicable statutory plans, policies, other bylaws, standards and regulations.

Development and Subdivision Appeal

Decisions of the Development Authority and Subdivision Authority may be appealed to the Village of Nampa’s Development Appeal Board, the Mackenzie Intermunicipal Subdivision Appeal Board, or the Municipal Government Board (MGB). The Village of Nampa’s Development Appeal Board deals with appeals regarding development permit decisions and stop orders issued by the Development Authority, while the Mackenzie Intermunicipal Subdivision Appeal Board deals with Subdivision Authority decisions that are outside the jurisdiction of the MGB, as per section 687(2) of the MGA. The MGA only hears subdivision appeals where the land is the subject of the appeal is:

  • within Alberta’s Green Area;
  • “adjacent ‘ to or contains a Body of Water (“adjacent” means contiguous or would be contiguous if not for a railway, road, utility right of way or reserve land).
  • adjacent to or contains (either partially or wholly) land identified on the Listing of Historic Resources or public land set aside for use as historic resources.
  • within the following distances:
    • 1600 metres of a Provincial Highway;
    • 450 metres of a Hazardous Waste Management Facility;
    • 450 metres of the working area of an operating Landfill;
    • 300 metres of the disposal area of any Landfill;
    • 300 metres of a Waste water Treatment Plant; or
    • 300 metres of the working area of a Non-Hazardous Waste Storage Site.

The Village of Nampa’s Development Appeal Board, the Mackenzie Intermunicipal Subdivision Appeal Board and the Municipal Government are impartial, quasi-judicial bodies that make independent decisions on appeal cases before hem, strictly based on the evidence presented to them at a hearing, and in accordance with the MGA, other provincial legislation and municipal appeal bylaw. The process for appealing a decision of the Development or Subdivision Authority, including the timelines for filing am appeal, are outlined in the guidelines for development permit and subdivision applications, respectively. The appeal form for development (development permit decisions and stop orders) can be downloaded below. The subdivision appeal information is in clided in the Subdivision Authority’s decision letter.