Development Permits

A development permit acknowledges the use of land and buildings and its compliance with the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw. An approved development permit is required in most instances in order to begin developing your property. If you begin development without the required approvals, you will be charged double permit fees upon approval of your required development permit. Furthermore, the R.M. has the ability under the Zoning Bylaw to issue a Stop Work order, or other means of enforcement.  This list outlines the forms of development that do not require a development permit.

Development Permit Categories

Corman Park has two development permit categories - permitted uses and discretionary uses; each with a different approval process:

Permitted Uses

These uses are intended to be appropriate for the Zoning District in which they are listed and not have major impacts on adjacent land uses. Therefore, R.M. Planning staff, known as Development Officers, approve these applications not R.M. Council.  The Development Officer has the ability to approve, approve with conditions or refuse a permitted use development permit application. 

Discretionary Uses

These uses may have one or more potential features or effects that warrant specific review, with a recommendation made to R.M. Council. Discretionary use development permits are reviewed under a set of evaluation criteria included in the Zoning Bylaw.

Discretionary use applications will also be circulated for a minimum of 21 days to all assessed landowners within 1.6 km (1 mile) of the subject property to provide an opportunity for questions or comments. Comment sheets will be mailed out by R.M. Planning staff and will provide a brief overview of the project, contact information and space for a landowner to provide written comments or indicate if they need to be contacted or wish to speak to the proposal in front of Council.

Once the landowner comment period has elapsed and the Planning Department has reviewed all the required information, they will write a planning report including a recommendation to Council for approval or refusal based on the merits of the discretionary use application. Council will consider the recommendation of the Planning Department as well as any written or verbal landowner responses received during the process. Council has the ability to approve, approve with conditions or refuse a discretionary use application.

Development Permit Application Forms & Requirements

The following application forms and information packages outline all the necessary documents to be submitted with your development permit application to ensure the application is complete and can be reviewed and processed in a timely manner. If you require further information or have any questions regarding what category your use falls into, please contact the Planning Department.
  The type of information the Planning Department reviews includes how your property is zoned, the types of buildings the Zoning District allows, the maximum or minimum lot size, the required building setback distances from roads and property lines, maximum building heights, and any other development regulations required by the Zoning Bylaw.

Development Not Requiring a Development Permit

The forms of development that do not require a development permit are:
  • Agricultural operations excluding Intensive Agriculture - Horticulture and Intensive Livestock Operations;
  • The erection of any fence, wall or gate;
  • The erection of a single residence wind turbine, satellite dish, television antennae, or radio antennae;
  • The construction or placement of a temporary building, the sole purpose of which is incidental to the erection or alteration of a building for which a building permit has been granted;
  • Internal alterations and maintenance to a residential building, provided that the use, building footprint or intensity of use of the building including the number of dwelling units within the building or on the site does not change;
  • Landscaped areas, driveways and parking lots, provided the natural or designed drainage pattern of the site and adjacent sites are not adversely impacted; and
  • Disposal of clean fill on a site where the clean fill is generated by construction or demolition activity on that site, subject to compliance

Development Permit Decision Time Frames

The timing associated with the notification, review and approval process will depend solely on the completeness and quality of information provided.

Generally, for a Permitted Use where new construction is not being proposed, a Development Permit maybe issued within ten (10) business days of receiving a complete application. Where new construction is being proposed, the process to obtain a Building Permit is also required. 
Generally, for a Discretionary Use, once the required time for receiving responses to the written notifications has elapsed and time is provided to address any concerns raised by ratepayers, a report is generated and presented to R.M. Council on behalf of the applicant by the Planning Department at its next regularly scheduled meeting. Under normal conditions, the recommendation can be presented within 45-60 days of receiving a completed application.