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Public Consultation

Woodlands County values ongoing conversation with its residents and property owners. To allow fluid two-way communication, we host sessions to gain feedback from the public, present opportunities and ideas and take time to get to know who our residents are. 


Current Public Consultation Opportunities:


2024 Budget Open House

Learn about 2024 Budget Highlights and Cold Mix Road Local Improvement Tax and talk to staff about upcoming projects, programs, and services.

The open house will be in a come and go format with a brief presentation on the 2024 Budget Highlights at 6:00 pm.

Please note the session at the Municipal Office in Whitecourt will be livestreamed and made available for later viewing on the Woodlands County YouTube page.

LOCATIONDATETIME
Council Chambers
Municipal Office, Whitecourt
Monday, February 26, 20244:00 - 7:00 pm
Legion Hall
Fort Assiniboine
Tuesday, February 27, 20244:00 - 7:00 pm


Public Hearings - Bylaw 611-24 - Woodlands County Municipal Development Plan

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 692 of the Municipal Government Act, the Council of Woodlands County is considering the adoption of Draft Woodlands County Municipal Development Plan Bylaw No. 611/24 and repealing Bylaw 406/13 Municipal Development Plan.  The purpose of Draft Bylaw 611-24 - Woodlands County Municipal Development Plan is to update the current MDP document in key areas, a snapshot of the changes are as noted below:

  • Streamlined overall layout and organization of topic areas for ease of readability, and updated mapping;
  • New categorization of “Agricultural Land” and Future Subdivision potential using Farmland Assessment Values vs Soil Classification;
  • Added Objectives and Policies on Reconciliation;
  • Added more context around the Environment responding to events, such as wildfire, flooding and development in more hazardous areas;
  • Added context around emerging industries and more robust commentary in the Economic Development Section;
  • New add – An Implementation Task Summary – outlines identified objectives that require follow up, who is responsible and time frame.

The draft Municipal Development Plan can be found here.

 A summary of the proposed changes can be found here.

Pursuant to Bylaw 557 Public Hearing Procedures, any person wishing to file a written submission shall file that submission a minimum of 6 days prior to the date of the public hearing and will be included in the Council agenda package. 

Written comments or concerns on the Bylaw shall be received no later than 4:30 pm, February 21, 2024 and mailed or emailed to:

Woodlands County
Box 60, Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N3
Attention: Joan Slootweg, Director, Community Services

or by email to: planning@woodlands.ab.ca

Or interested individuals may attend the public hearing to voice comments or concerns.  Comments shall be kept to 5 minutes unless additional time authorized by the Chair.

If interested parties have questions regarding the draft document those should be addressed prior to the public hearing.  Please contact the Planning & Development Department by:

Telephone: 780-778-8400 or the above Email. 

A copy of Draft Bylaw 611-24 - Woodlands County Municipal Development Plan may be viewed during regular business hours at the Woodlands County Municipal Offices in Whitecourt at #1 Woodlands Lane or Woodlands County Regional Office in Fort Assiniboine, on Hwy 33.

LOCATIONDATETIME
Legion Hall
Fort Assiniboine
Tuesday, February 27, 20247:15 pm
Council Chambers
Municipal Office, Whitecourt
Wednesday, February 28, 20249:45 am