High River's "Build it Back Better" mentality has truly inspired the Town.

Thanks to a groundbreaking law that consolidated the Town's previous 41 land use districts into six, as well as innovative and easy to use web-tools, High River received a national award of merit for planning excellence at the Canadian Institute of Planners and Manitoba Professional Planners Institute National Conference in Winnipeg on July 20th, 2018.

Manager of planning and development services for High River, Khalid Mohammed, says, the reduction of land use disctricts is groundbreaking.

"We now basically have only four land-use districts and this has never happened across the country. You will never come across a municipality that only has four land-use districts."

The new bylaw offers more flexibility and collaboration between the Town, developers and High River citizens and this will help the Town build communities that better serve the needs of its people.

Mohammed says the Town was also recognized for its user-friendly layout and the jury was also impressed with the companion web-based tools the Town offers for residents and potential development proponents.

"People can click on the property to find all the information they need about that property, the zoning district, and all the regulations in one shot about what they can and cannot do."

To learn more about the Town’s Land Use Bylaw, visit www.highriver.ca/land-use-bylaw-and-map.

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