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Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB)

Established under the Municipal Government Act, the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) is in charge of both reviewing and approving planning applications and giving the go-ahead for contentious development within a municipality. Being a special tribunal, the board hears development and subdivision appeals from people who are concern with a decision made under the Land Use Bylaw by the local jurisdiction. The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) is a quasi-judicial body, meaning its proceedings are conducted in a court-like fashion. Appeal rulings are usually made in accordance with the provisions of various legal components including the Municipal Government Act, the provincial policies, the council policies and the statutory plans (Area Structure Plans, Land Use Bylaw and the Municipal Development Plan).

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Experts

Our team of Urban Planners can bring years or experience representing builders, developers, homeowners and community groups. Our frequent involvement with SDAB across the province of Alberta allows us to develop successful presentation to gain support. Contact CITYTREND for a free evaluation of your appeal by submitting a request online.

Know before you start

Knowledge is the key factor for success with City Hall. We have identified four categories to develop a complete understanding and ability to successfully manage a project to approval. We call it the four “Ps.”


This pillar is critical. Understanding the regulations is important to evaluate up front if a project is at risk or not.


The approval process will include the input from dozens of people ranging from community groups to technical reviews from engineers or feedback from the parks department. Our understanding of the role of each referee is an important piece of the puzzle.


The approval process will differ depending on the application itself. We map the process steps clearly so you can keep track of your progress and develop a predictable timeline.


This is usually where our clients excel but understanding your own product is key in being able to make adjustment along the way and respond to comments and feedback.



If you have any questions feel free to contact us