The City of Calgary and the Municipal District of Foothills are reviewing their joint Intermunicipal
Development Plan (IDP). Although there is an existing IDP, it is now more than 15 years old and requires
updating for several reasons:
- Both municipalities have adopted new municipal development plans since the existing IDP was adopted.
- With the tremendous amount of growth both municipalities have experienced in the last few years, it is
essential to evaluate the current policies and consider alternatives to support and regulate growth.
- The review provides an opportunity to incorporate the information and data provided in studies completed
since the adoption of the existing plan in 1998.
- Through this review, options for joint planning initiatives will be explored. There may be opportunities
for future joint endeavours.
There are several benefits to intermunicipal planning:
- Collaborate to manage and plan land uses in a way that considers the needs and interests of both the
Municipal District of Foothills and the City of Calgary.
- Create processes to resolve conflicts that may arise.
- Locate, support and protect assets that provide benefit to both municipalities and the region as a
- Identify future joint projects that should be undertaken together.
- Address growth issues jointly.
An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a land use planning tool, provided for in the Municipal
Government Act (MGA) that is developed jointly by two municipalities to manage planning-related questions for
the area of land in close proximity to the shared boundary.
The Intermunicipal Development Plan will:
- Facilitate compatibility of land development near the shared boundary, including:
- Determining future land use, and,
- Determining processes for applications within a defined area,
- Facilitate intermunicipal communication and cooperation in land development matters ,
- Identify future growth areas for both municipalities
- Outline potential future joint planning initiatives,
- Identify regional assets that benefit both municipalities, and
- Document processes for dispute resolution.
This statutory plan must be adopted by the councils of both municipalities in order to come into
Annexation: The Intermunicipal Development Plan will not involve any annexations. An Intermunicipal
Development Plan is a joint municipal planning document that may consider future growth but does not change
the boundaries of either municipality. Rather, it details how two municipalities work together to decide on
planning matters within their boundaries that could have impacts on one another.
Redesignations ("Rezoning"): The Intermunicipal Development Plan will not involve any redesignation of
land. Redesignation (commonly known as "rezoning") of land is a separate process that would be considered at
a time when a specific development is proposed by a landowner. An Intermunicipal Development Plan may outline
potential future land uses in some areas but does not actually change the designation of any parcels.
The Calgary Metropolitan
Plan: This Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is separate from the Calgary Metropolitan Plan (CMP);
however, since the City of Calgary is a signatory to that plan, care will be to ensure policy within the IDP
aligns with the CMP.
Supporting Information and Documents
|Staff from both municipalities draft Intermunicipal Development Plan document
||Late 2015 to Early 2016
|Joint Public Open House to review draft growth area and draft policy
|Staff undertaking internal reviews of the policy proposed for the plan
|Joint public open house to review draft plan
|Staff from both municipalities make adjustments to the Intermunicipal Development Plan document
|Public hearings and formal approval/review process
||Late 2016 - Early 2017
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Based on public feedback at the last open house held on March 2, 2016, The City of Calgary and the M.D. of Foothills have conducted some additional analysis on identified issues, drafted updates to the new IDP document, and internally reviewed the policy originally proposed for the plan. We are once again looking for public feedback at this fall 2016 open house to help us shape the final policies that will form the new IDP.
While this additional work has delayed the process, we believe that it will result in a better plan for both municipalities. We now anticipate the draft IDP will go forward for public hearing and consideration by both Councils in the first quarter of 2017.
Please see the updated draft IDP package for detailed information on the project.
- Over 250 citizens attended the open house on March 2, 2016 to review the draft policies and draft growth area. If you were unable to attend, please review the display panels from the event. We heard from 38 citizens who filled out feedback forms and their thoughts have been summarized in this report.
- More than 250 citizens attended our second open house on October 28. If you were unable to attend, please review the display panels from the event. A summary of what we heard from the 105 citizens who filled out the feed form is in this report.
- More than 300 citizens attended our first open house on June 22. If you were unable to make it, take a moment to review our display panels from the event. We heard from 67 citizens who filled out feedback forms related to this project, and their thoughts have been summarized in this report.