Nestled in northwestern Saskatchewan the Northern Village of La Loche is located in the lowlands of the Methy River basin along the eastern shores of Lac La Loche. The community is located approximately 100 km north of Buffalo Narrows, SK along Highway 155. One of the last communities on this highway heading north, La Loche has undergone tremendous changes in the past few decades.
Beginning as a fur trading post of the Hudson Bay Company because of the Methy Portage that occurred on the northern side of Lac La Loche, the community began to grow with the construction of a Roman Catholic school and hospital. La Loche has continued to grow to 2372 people in 2016, becoming the second largest municipality in Northern Saskatchewan.
Editing of the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw: La Loche is in the editing stage for these documents prior to their adoption and submission to the Community Planning Branch. These documents will dictate all future planning and development within the municipality.
*All plans and bylaws available for download on this site may not include amendments and should not be used for legal purposes*
Community Highlights (2012): The Saskatchewan Ministry of First Nations and Metis Relations, with help of the Ministry of the Economy conducted a snapshot in 2012 of the key components of the community, including: local government, demographics, economic environment, training and education, infrastructure, housing, emergency services, recreational opportunities, and the community's distance from larger centres.
Asset Map (2008): In 2008, the Northern Village of La Loche underwent a asset review to determine what resources, services, and operations are currently available within the municipality. Conducting a review such as this is important because it provides a strong foundation for the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw that the municipality has underway through the Planning for Growth Northern Program.
Wildfire Risk Assessment (2005): The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment actively attempts to educate residents about the threat of fire within municipalities. They conducted an assessment of each municipality to determine the likelihood of wildfires, and implement FireSmart principles to help reduce the chances of wildfires starting.
Basic Planning Statement (1991): Prior to the Village of La Loche completing their Official Community Plan through the Planning for Growth program, a Basic Planning Statement was completed back in 1991. This document was approved by the Community Planning Branch and outlined the direction of development within the community at that time.
Zoning Bylaw (1991): Prior to the Village of La Loche completing their Official Community Plan and thereby adopting a new set of Zoning Bylaws, this Zoning Bylaw created in 1991 outlined the implementation standards within the municipality.