Planning staff handle a wide variety of applications related to development in Cochrane. If you're planning a project, discuss your proposal with Planning staff as soon as possible. We can provide early guidance, describe the process and ensure you are headed in the right direction:
Accessory suites are self-contained dwellings, usually located within an existing building on a residential lot. To help provide housing options in Cochrane, the Town allows accessory suites as a discretionary use in certain residential districts. Accessory suites are approved on a first-come, first-served basis to a maximum of 10% of lots in a neighbourhood.
We inspect and approve design and construction for building, electrical, gas and plumbing work to ensure it complies with all relevant acts and bylaws. Building permits grant legal permission to begin construction of a building project.
The Community Enhancement Evaluation is an tool for developers to identify community characteristics that Council wishes to see in future developments. The evaluation also provides both Council and the public access to development proposals earlier in the application process.
Any structure constructed in Cochrane needs an approved development permit before work can start. Applications must include detailed information about the building and its connections to Town services and utilities.
A home-based business is when one of the permanent residents in a dwelling unit conducts a gainful occupation or business activity in the dwelling. The Land Use Bylaw allows home-based businesses provided they meet all the requirements.