The Town of Cochrane forms part of the Calgary Metropolitan Area and the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board. Its major industries are concentrated on the construction, manufacturing and forestry industries. One of the main concerns with the town of Cochrane however, according to the Municipal Development Plan is the lack of industrial land which inhibits industrial development.
The Cochrane Municipal Development Plan carries certain provisions for the industries that may operate on industrially zoned land. New industries that create air pollution, negative environmental impacts or noxious odours are prohibited in the Municipality. Future industrial zones are to be located along transportation corridors to reduce the negative impacts of industrial traffic in the town. These sites are to be separated, screened and buffered from non-industrial land areas and major transportation corridors.
The Cochrane Land Use By-Laws have designations for heavy industrial uses, where Business Park Districts Land Use are labelled as M-BP, and land for General Industrial Use is labelled as M-1. Industries associated with Heavy Industries are categorized under the M-1 designation, and the following industries may operate:
Auto Body and Paint Shops
Automotive Parts Sales
Automotive Repair Shops
Automotive Sales or Rental
Building Supply Centres
Operation Base (15/2017)
Industrial Service Shops
Manufacturing Plants (12/2014)
Outdoor Storage (17/2013)
Small Wind Turbine Type B (19/2016)
Storage Facility (17/2013)
The Minimum Requirements for the M-1 designation, to include Industrial Yard Space Limits are:
Industrial yard spaces must comply with the requirements of screening in accordance with the satisfaction of the Development Authority in Cochrane.