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 Natalia.Zoldak@calgary.ca (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
- 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.
The draft IDP was formally circulated in December 2016 to over 20 external stakeholders. This generated further input that was used to make changes to the document that will go forward to Calgary Planning Commission on February 23, 2017.
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
|Calgary Planning Commission will recommend whether Council should approve the proposed Foothills-Calgary IDP
||February 23, 2017
|The proposed IDP will be considered at dual Public Hearings of each Council. M.D. of Foothills Council anticipates considering first reading on March 15 and Public Hearing on April 19. Calgary City Council will hold its Public Hearing on April 10, 2017.
||Mid-march to April 2017
How to Get Involved
Public and stakeholders are encouraged to communicate with Calgary City Council regarding the proposed IDP in the following ways:
- Write comments to City Clerks
For the April 10 Public Hearing of Calgary City Council, submissions must be arrive by 10 am March 30 and addressed to:
Office of the City Clerk
The City of Calgary
700 Macleod Trail SE
P.O. Box 2100
Postal Station “M”
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2M5
Submissions may be hand delivered, mailed, faxed to 403-268-2362, or emailed to email@example.com
- Attend the Public Hearing of Calgary City Council
The public can attend and/or speak at the Public Hearing. Presentations may be made up to five minutes. See document on Communicating with Calgary City Council and its Committees for more information.
- View the Public Hearing on the Council and Committee webcasts.
- See the Calgary Planning Commission webpage for the meeting agenda and details on attending the meeting*, viewing the meeting through Council webcast, or contacting Calgary Planning Commission.
* Note: The meetings of the Calgary Planning Commission are held in public but they are not public hearings.