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Municipal District of Foothills and City of Calgary Intermunicipal Development Plan

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

Since June 2015, the two municipalities conducted four open houses together on four separate dates.  We thank citizens who offered valuable feedback on the project both in person and online as it has helped us finalize the updates to the draft IDP document​, and to shape the policies that will form the new IDP. The updated draft IDP is now available for review and comment.  Please let us know what you think by sending your feedback to by January 31, 2017.

After reviewing further input we anticipate the proposed IDP will go forward to Calgary Planning Commission and then public hearing and consideration by both municipal Councils in spring of 2017. There will also be an opportunity for citizens to have further feedback by participating in the public hearings.

This project web site will be kept up to date as the draft plan moves forward.

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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.