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Intermunicipal Interface Policy

The City of Calgary and The City of Chestermere are exploring opportunities to create a vibrant and unique urban interface along Range Road 284, which is a shared boundary. In September 2014, the Intermunicipal Committee (IMC), an organizational body that includes representatives from The City of Calgary and The City of Chestermere who meet to address matters of mutual interest, directed staff from both municipalities to complete a set of guidelines for development in the interface area. 


As outlined in yellow, the interface area is located along Range Road 284 between the
Trans-Canada Highway to the north and the future alignment of Peigan Trail to the south.

In 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was completed for the interface area to capture several potential tools that could be used to shape an emerging vision for the area. The IMC further directed staff to explore how the MOU could be embedded or referenced for the Local Area Plans currently existing in The City of Chestermere that fall within the interface area: the Belvedere Area Structure Plan and the Waterbridge Master Area Structure Plan.

The City of Calgary and The City of Chestermere will jointly prepare an Intermunicipal Interface Policy for the interface area. The policy will include specific policies relevant to the focus area (areas adjacent to Range Road 284) as well as to transition areas. The policy is expected to align with and reference existing municipal policies and the MOU. Additionally, the policy must be adopted by both councils in order to come into effect.

The goals of the policy are as follows:

  • Embed new interface policy in applicable Local Area Plans for both municipalities to ensure:
    • future land uses along the interface area are compatible and complement each other;
    • continuous transportation and pedestrian networks that serve land use activities located along the interface area; and
    • protection of any significant natural areas and wildlife corridors.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to explore opportunities for creating a well-connected, high quality, attractive, pedestrian-friendly, comfortable, safe and functional municipal interface area.
  • Identify and manage stakeholders’ expectations.
  • Facilitate the inclusion of sustainable principles and features along the interface area.
  • Identify a protocol for planning applications along the interface area.Identify Range Road 284 classification and road section.

Timeline

Deliverable Timeline
Memorandum of Understanding: The City of Calgary and The City of Chestermere 2016
Staff from both municipalities form a Technical Advisory Committee to undertake background study of the area Summer/Fall 2017
Stakeholder meeting to introduce project and gather input Fall/Winter 2017
Staff from both municipalities draft policy November 2017 to April 2018
Joint public open house to review draft policy May 2018
Staff from both municipalities review and amend draft policy May to September 2018
Policy approval October to December 2018

Get Involved

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Contact

Lisette Burga Ghersi, Project Lead
The City of Calgary 
403.268.1268
Lisette.burgaghersi@calgary.ca

Benazir Thaha-Valencia, Project Lead
The City of Chestermere
403.207.7066
bthaha@chestermere.ca