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When developing a multi-lot subdivision in the County, a Developer's Agreement is required. This agreement mandates the developer to undertake specific works as part of the subdivision approval process. Additionally, the County charges an administration and inspection fee of $100 per lot created.
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A registered owner of a parcel can apply for subdivision, or a person authorized on their behalf.
Subdivision must follow the requirements set out in the County’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP). A copy of which can be found here.
Generally, a subdivision takes approximately 3 to 6 months to complete. Some of the mandated timelines include:
Fulfilment of subdivision conditions – subdivision approvals are valid for 1 year. All conditions of a subdivision must be completed within that year. Extensions for an additional year may be granted but the request and fee must be submitted before the file expires.
MPS is the designated Subdivision Authority, contracted by the County of Wetaskiwin. Applications can be sent by mail or email to:
Municipal Planning Services (2009) Ltd.
#206 17511 – 107 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5S 1E5
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As per Municipal Planning Services’ website, requirements include:
Municipal Planning Services have set their fee schedule. A copy of the fee schedule can be found here MPS Subdivision Fees.
Design and engineering requirements are typically necessary only for multi-lot subdivisions.
For subdivisions where more than six lots are created on a quarter section utilizing groundwater, provincial legislation mandates water tests. These tests must be conducted by a professional engineer and can cost several thousand dollars.
Road construction is usually required for multi-lot subdivisions. Occasionally, a single lot may also necessitate road building. The cost estimate is $16 per linear foot, but it may increase in challenging conditions or for smaller projects. All roads must meet the County's standards.
The Land Titles Office charges a fee for registering your subdivision plan. This cost will be included in your surveyor's bill.
Every lot must have an approach off a County road. As approaches are on the road allowance, they need to be constructed to County standards. This typically involves excavation, culvert installation, backfilling, compacting, and gravelling. Contracting out this work may cost approximately $2,000±.
Post-approval, you must hire an Alberta Land Surveyor to prepare a plan for the Land Titles Office. Costs and processes vary depending on the type of subdivision, ranging from under $1,000 for a simple Descriptive Plan to over $1,500 for a full Plan of Survey.
The municipality may claim up to 10% of the subdivision area for public use or its equivalent value in money. This is generally applicable except for the first subdivision out of a quarter or on lots of 40 or more acres designated for farming.
After the surveyor completes the plan, it is sent to MPS for final approval. MPS charges an endorsement fee of $100 plus $150 per lot, including for lot line adjustments, to ensure all conditions of approval have been met.