Development Annual Report

2020 Development Officer’s Annual Report

With the uncertainty and increased lumber prices that 2020 brought, the MD of Wainwright was grateful that there was still a reasonable amount of development throughout the year. In 2020 we issued 39 development permits with a total dollar value of $8,413,866. There were 14 new and manufactured home starts, 13 shops/sheds/barns, 6 garages, 3 cottages, 2 home retaining walls and 2 multi-family complex developments.
Oilfield activity saw a slight increase in 2020 with the Provincial Government issuing 25 drilling permits throughout the municipality. The municipality granted 10 pipeline road-crossing approvals and with the continued reclamation and pipeline maintenance projects, existing and new approach approvals were steady throughout the year.

The MD received 9 applications for subdivision during 2020, with a total of 12 new parcels of land being created, and 3 conditionally approved subdivision applications.
Inspections Group Inc. is now the accredited inspection agency and the sole provider of the Safety Codes Compliance Services within the MD of Wainwright. All provincial regulations shall be adhered to and permits for building, electrical, plumbing, gas and private sewage disposal systems shall be obtained as required. Contact Inspections Group Inc. at 1-866-554-5048 or obtain permit applications on their website at

The MD of Wainwright would like to remind ratepayers that development permits are not only required for building, but also for the change in use of land or buildings. Clear Lake residents are reminded that any type of development, including grading of your lot and retaining walls, require development and building permits which could entail an engineered design. All shoreline modifications must be approved by Alberta Environment. If you have any questions regarding development, please contact our office at 780-842-4454. Development permit and subdivision applications can be picked up at the MD of Wainwright office or downloaded from our website at

The MD of Wainwright continues to encourage development and we welcome the opportunity to discuss all new proposals.

Respectfully submitted,
Kim Christensen
Development Officer