Blumenheim Policy Review Project

In 2007, R.M. Council approved bylaw amendments to the R.M. of Corman Park Development Plan (OCP) and Zoning Bylaw to recognize the historic Mennonite settlement of Blumenheim. The amendments included creating subdivision policies for the community of Blumenheim within the OCP and the Agricultural Residential 3 Zoning District (AR3) within the Zoning Bylaw.

The intent of 2007 bylaw amendments was to accommodate agricultural residential development and retain the long lot form of traditional Mennonite settlements across the Canadian prairies (i.e. farm houses and businesses oriented along the main street). Since the adoption of the bylaws, the R.M. has heard from landowners in Blumenheim that they wish to subdivide, re-configure or further develop their properties but are unable to do so under the current bylaws. This is due to specific bylaw restrictions such as the types of land uses, the size/layout of the property, requirement to retain the long lot form or keep buildings close to Township Road 395.

Corman Park is now re-engaging with Blumenheim landowners to determine if the current bylaws are still consistent with the community vision, subdivision/development desires, servicing constraints and municipal land use planning principles. 

Our first letter and questionnaire for the Blumenheim community was sent in May 2020. As a result of responses to the questionnaire, R.M. Administration created subdivision and land use options that were shared at an in person Blumenheim ratepayer meeting on October 7, 2020 in Osler. Click here to view a copy of the powerpoint presentation.

As a result of the information gathered from the community meeting and feedback from R.M. Council, R.M. Administration created subdivision and land use bylaw policies that could allow further property development and subdivision. Online engagement was open from April 8, 2021 to April 30, 2021 to share the proposed bylaw policies and get feedback prior to R.M. Council considering first reading of the necessary bylaw to make the changes.

At the June 14, 2021 R.M. Council meeting, first reading was given to Bylaw 34/21, which was the bylaw containing the amendments to the AR3 Zoning District for Blumenheim. At the July 12, 2021 R.M. Council meeting, a public hearing was held and second & third reading were given by Council to Bylaw 34/21, which was the bylaw containing the amendments to the AR3 District for Blumenheim. 

The next step involves sending the bylaw to Community Planning for their review and Ministerial approval. Once the bylaw receives Ministerial approval, it is considered valid and active whereby the R.M. is able to consider new development and building permits or subdivision applications. Updates to the website will be done once the bylaw receives Ministerial approval so please continue to check the website for more information or contact planning@rmcormanpark.ca or 306-242-9303. Ministerial approval is expected prior to the end of 2021 if not sooner.