Development Annual Report


 Development remained steady throughout the Municipal District of Wainwright No. 61 (MD) for the 2022 year.  The MD issued 44 permits in 2022 with a total dollar value of $13,089,260.  A significant portion of issued permits this year were from agricultural development. There were 18 permits issued for new and manufactured home starts, 18 shops and garages, 5 decks and a few residential solar power panels.  A total of 13 permits were issued for the Clear Lake area which included new cottages/homes, numerous shoreline improvements, decks, parking pads and some major earth work projects.

With the Provincial Government changes the MD no longer receives the revenue from oilfield drilling permits; however; oilfield activity remained steady compared to 2021.  The MD issued 12 new pipeline road crossings and received notification of 15 new wells.  In addition, numerous existing approaches, haul route and proximity permissions were issued for various reclamation and pipeline maintenance projects.

The MD received 13 applications for subdivision during 2022, and there was a total of 13 approvals issued.

This year the MD had to renew the 5-year contract for Safety Codes Compliance Services.  It was decided that we go with two companies, so ratepayers now have a choice.  The Inspections Group Inc. and Superior Safety Codes Inc. are the accredited inspection agencies for the Safety Codes Compliance Services within MD.  All provincial regulations shall be adhered to and permits for building, electrical, plumbing, gas and private sewage disposal systems shall be obtained as required.

The Inspections Group Inc. at 1-866-554-5048 website:

Superior Safety Codes Inc. at 1-866-999-4777 website:

The MD has started work on revisions to the Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaws.

Please remember 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 Administration office or downloaded from our website at

The Municipal District of Wainwright No. 61 continues to encourage development and we welcome the opportunity to discuss all new proposals.

Respectfully submitted,
Kim Christensen
Development Officer