The RPGA Planning District is making progress on creating a new set of bylaws for its member municipalities.

Municipality of Rhineland Reeve Don Wiebe says the process will combine the existing bylaws in Plum Coulee, Gretna and Rhineland and align them with Altona's bylaws, wherever possible.

Up until now, the RPGA has been dealing with a wide variety of bylaws from each of the four-member jurisdictions in making planning decisions.

"The ultimate goal is to create a consistent set of bylaws that will streamline the development approval process," says Wiebe.

One of the proposed changes involves raising the minimum parcel size of 40 acres to 80 acres, with some exceptions for things like specialized agriculture or a new livestock venture.

"We'll also see changes to the committed uses in the agri-industrial and commercial zones. Schools and churches will be directed to urban centres, villages or cluster areas and there are numerous other changes related to things like setbacks and home-based businesses."

Wiebe says Rhineland has scheduled a public consultation meeting for June 7th which will be broadcast on YouTube.