Land use and development in Fort McKay is guided by the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) 99/059, as well as the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) 00/062. The MDP sets out a clear, collective vision for the region, and provides for organized growth in Fort McKay. The Land Use Bylaw designates all of Fort McKay as a Hamlet General. There are 63 lots in Fort McKay spanning across 516.59 hectares (1276.52 acres) of land. Unlike a number of other rural communities in the Wood Buffalo region, the municipality doesn’t own a large portion of land in Fort McKay. However, land may be owned by the Government of Alberta.
Since 1950, the Fort McKay community has grown significantly. By 1967, with the completion of the Fort McKay Access, the town had made significant strides in furthering development between the road and the Athabasca River. As the years progressed, Fort McKay expanded across the other side of the access road, and continued to develop in already built-up areas. Between 1986 and 1994, a number of major infrastructure projects were completed. Since 2000, Fort McKay has developed steadily as a result of population growth.
There are no urban expansion areas in Fort McKay presently; however, the Municipal Development Plan has identified 41 hectares (101.3 acres) for future residential development to the northwest of Fort McKay’s central area.
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Fort McKay First Nation Proposed Tax Rates, 2016
Pursuant to Section 8(1) of the Fort McKay Property Assessment and Taxation By-law, the rate of tax applied against the assessed value of property for 2016 shall be,
(a) For non-residential and linear property 2.12%
(b) For machinery and equipment 1.78%