Agricultural Development

Agricultural Development Canola field and farm

In the Agricultural district, development permits are required for: 

  • Dwellings units  
  • Intensive animal and intensive agricultural uses 
  • Buildings directly associated with these uses
  • Farm buildings within the City and County of Wetaskiwin Intermunicipal Development plan 
  • Discretionary uses under the Agricultural district 

To know if your proposed development(s) are within the required district, you may access an online digital County map to view the entire County, including your specific property.  

Types of Agricultural Development:

  • Intensive Agriculture - means agricultural uses which are intensified or specialized in nature. This use includes, but is not limited to, horse breeders and/or trainers, cow-calf operators, exotic animal breeders, greenhouses, market gardens, fruit farms, tree farms and horticulture operations.
  • Extensive Agriculture - means agricultural uses including but not limited to cultivation of grains, oilseeds, forage, pasture and/or grazing of cattle or other animals.

Confined Feeding Operations (CFO) 

The Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA) became effective January 1, 2002. The AOPA gives the Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) the sole authority for regulating Confined Feeding Operations (CFOs). Therefore, the approval process for CFOs is the responsibility of the Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) and is outside of the County’s jurisdiction.  

For information on threshold numbers, manure management practices, applications and complaints contact the Natural Resources Conservation Board

As part of the NRCB decision-making process for new or expanding operations, the Approvals Officer must take into consideration County policy and direction in the Municipal Development Plan (MDP). Further, the Municipal Government Act (MGA) requires the County to identify where new CFOs should locate. Please refer to the County’s MDP for policies related to CFOs and to view a map of locations where the County does not support CFOs.