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Urban Reserve FAQ
1) What is a Municipal Services and Compatibility Agreement (MSA)?
A Municipal Services and Compatibility Agreement (MSA) is an agreement between the City and First Nations that defines the protocols for City services, land development and reimbursement to the City for taxes on the property in question. MSA’s with First Nations provide municipal services (water, sanitary, fire and police) to the land in an exchange for Fee-for-Service. Before an Urban Reserve is created, the City of Lloydminster and Little Pine First Nation must sign an MSA.
Additional information is available in the MSA Backgrounder.

2) What is the Direct Control #7 (DC7)?  
The DC7 is a Direct Control Zoning Bylaw. This Zoning Bylaw controls the use of land in a community. It states exactly how land may be used; where buildings and other structures can be located; the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used; and the lots sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street.

The DC7 will allow the City of Lloydminster to better regulate land usage and zoning. In addition, its approval is conditional upon Council approving and entering into a MSA with Little Pine First Nation.
Additional information is available in the DC7 Backgrounder.

3) What is an Urban Reserve?
An Urban Reserve is land within a city which has been purchased by a First Nation and has been granted reserve status by the Federal Government. Reserve status is obtained by going through a process which results in a Federal designation of the land as Reserve. Land does not become a Reserve just because it is owned by a First Nation.
Additional information is available in the Urban Reserve Backgrounder.

4) Can City Council designate land as an Urban Reserve?
City Council does not have the right to approve or deny an Urban Reserve. City Council can enter into negotiations for an MSA with First Nation that may address services and compatibility. A First Nations can then gain approval by the Federal Government for the land to be deemed a Reserve.
Additional information is available in the Urban Reserve Backgrounder.

5) Why is “Casino” outlined in the DC7 document?
The City of Lloydminster believed that a pragmatic approach needed to be taken when developing this document. The premise of the May 27th Council Meeting is to review an MSA agreement with Little Pine First Nations. If an Urban Reserve is granted by the Federal Government, the City needs to take a proactive approach and be prepared for various phases of development.
Additional information is available in the DC7 Backgrounder.