Bylaws No. 01-2013 and 02-2013 (along with future amendments) regulate development within the R.M. of Pense No. 160. Paper versions of our Zoning Bylaw and Official Community Plan (OCP) are available at a cost of $25.00 per set. Electronic versions are available free of charge on our website in the Bylaws section (www.pense160.ca/administration/bylaws). These zoning documents contain a number of maps.
Please contact the municipal office early in your development process to allow for the timely processing of inquiries and permit applications.
The R.M. currently has the following zoning districts within the municipality:
- Agricultural (majority of the R.M.)
- Hamlet Residential (hamlets of Keystown and Stony Beach)
- Industrial (an area around the Mosaic, Yara, Canadian Salt, Terra Grain Fuels and Alpine Plant Foods)
If the type of proposed development is not allowed in a certain zoning district, an applicant can ask Council to change the zoning. If the change is agreeable to Council and does not compromise municipal zoning goals an amendment to the municipalities Zoning Bylaw and Basic Planning Statement is required. This entails:
- Advertising (twice) in a local paper details of the proposed changes (the applicant pays for this advertising).
- The R.M. holding a public hearing to hear comments from any interested parties.
- Approval from the Community Planning department of the Saskatchewan Government.
The R.M. Zoning Bylaw currently allows one subdivision per quarter section. The size of the subdivision should be between 2 – 20 acres. Council has the discretion to increase the maximum size of a subdivision if it meets a number of criteria. In addition, one additional subdivision per quarter section may be allowed if it is considered a "cut off" parcel - that is physically separated from the remainder of the quarter section by a road, railway or watercourse. The other important requirement is minimum site frontage of 30 meters.
The subdivision process includes:
- Contacting the R.M. office to discuss and review the proposed subdivision.
- Hiring a land surveyor to complete the subdivision application form and prepare a proposed survey plan.
- The Community Planning department of Ministry of Municipal Affairs will review the subdivision application and request comments from the R.M. as well as utility companies, Public Health, etc.
- If Community Planning approves the subdivision the survey plan must be registered with Information Services Corporation (ISC) and a new title obtained.
The R.M. contracts it's building inspection services to MuniCode Services Ltd., Warman, Saskatchewan; Phone: (306) 955-6355.
Buildings over 100 square feet are required to have a valid building permit. Buildings that are exempt from this requirement are: Agricultural out buildings including granaries, sheds, barns, etc.
A building permit application (which includes a set of building plans) must be submitted to the R.M. for approval prior to the commencement of any building.
Building permit fees are calculated on:
- Plan reviews
- Number of inspections required.
On the building permit application, Value of Construction means: the total cost of the building to the owner in its completed form and includes the cost of all building work, materials of construction, building systems, labor, overhead and profit of the contractor and subcontractors. The cost of labor and used material are deemed to be the current market cost of new material and labor.
There are new Energy Compliance regulations for 2019. Please use the Required Forms for Energy Compliance Checklist to see which forms you will be required to submit with your Building Permit Application. These forms will not be required for the renovation, repair, alteration or relocation of a building the was constructed before January 1, 2019. Construction of garages do not require the energy compliance forms.
A development permit application and site plan drawing must be submitted and the applicable fee paid for most development within the R.M. The fees are:
- Residential - $75
- Agricultural - $75
- Commercial & Industrial - $150 (for a value of development up to $350,000)
- Commercial & Industrial - $600 (for a value of development over $350,000)
* plus any additional administration, advertising or consulting fees incurred by the municipality.
Development permits are required to ensure the proposed development conforms to the policies contained in our Zoning Bylaw and OCP.
Please forward your completed application to the municipal office as soon as possible.
Some applications may require further inquiries which could delay the process. Further inquiries include:
- consultation with our planning consultant;
- consultation with the provincial community planning department;
- consultation with other agencies;
- notification to adjacent landowners (re: discretionary use).
It is also possible that a geotechnical report may be required, to be obtained by the applicant, with regards to environmentally sensitive land. Examples:
- elevation and potential flooding;
- slope instability;
- areas of high water table; etc.
Thanks for your co-operation, please contact our office with any questions. Contact
The R.M. of Pense has partnered with neighbouring rural municipalities, villages and cities to form the Moose Jaw - Regina Industrial Corridor Stakeholder Committee. The mandate/objective of this group is to:
- encourage planned, orderly and environmentally responsible growth of the Industrial Corridor.
- promote long range planning.
- develop procedures to ensure excellence in service delivery.
- to develop a proactive sales and marketing implementation plan.
The committee has received funding under the Planning for Growth program and a planning consultant has been hired to work with all the participating municipalities. Reeve Tom Lemon is the chair of the committee. The South Central Enterprise Region and Regina Regional Opportunities Commission provide a supportive role to the committee. Your comments are welcome. Contact Us