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Municipal District of Foothills and City of Calgary Intermunicipal Development Plan

April 2017 Update: Calgary Planning Commission gave approval to the proposed IDP, and M.D. of Foothills Council held its public hearing and gave the proposed plan first reading on March 15. Next, Calgary Council will conduct its readings and hold Public Hearing on April 10, 2017. The M.D. is anticipating holding its second and third reading on April 19. If approved, this plan will be adopted in both municipalities.

February 2017 Update: The City of Calgary and the M.D. of Foothills have been working to update and replace the existing 1998 Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP). This effort will support the two municipalities in cooperating with each other to manage an intermunicipal boundary area.

Since June 2015, the two municipalities have gathered valuable public and stakeholder feedback to help shape the draft Intermunicipal Development Plan. Some examples of feedback-driven input to the draft plan are policies that were created to address sensitive uses across our shared boundary; recognize regional assets; plan for the future; and identify ways to work together on joint projects.

The draft Intermunicipal Development Plan was formally circulated in December 2016 to external stakeholders and generated further input that was used to make changes to the document. The document is now ready to go forward to the approvals process for each municipality (described below) and is available here for your information: the proposed Intermunicipal Development Plan​.

The approvals process begins with a meeting of the Calgary Planning Commission​ on February 23, 2017 where The City of Calgary staff will be recommending approval of the proposed Intermunicipal Development Plan.  After Calgary Planning Commission review and recommendation, the proposed Intermunicipal Development Plan will then be considered at dual Public Hearings of each Council. It is anticipated that Foothills Council will consider first reading on March 15 and Public Hearing on April 19. Calgary Council will hold its Public Hearing on April 10, 2017.

To communicate with Calgary City Council or Calgary Planning Commission, please see the Get Involved tab located below. If you have any questions or comments about the proposed Intermunicipal Development Plan that you would like to ask the staff who worked on the plan, please let us know by connecting to (Planner 2 with the Intergovernmental & Corporate Strategy team).

This project webpage will be updated as the draft plan moves forward, and you can also sign up to receive email updates about this project.


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 whole.
  • Identify future joint projects that should be undertaken together.
  • Address growth issues jointly.