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Intermunicipal Development Plan Open House: Municipal District of Foothills and City of Calgary

 

JOINT OPEN HOUSE

Monday, June 22, 2015
4:00 to 7:00 pm
at DeWinton Community Hall
114 Macleod Trail, South, DeWinton

The MD of Foothills and City of Calgary are holding a joint open house to introduce the project and gather input from the public with respect to what they may like to see included in, or omitted from the plan. Representatives from both municipalities will be on hand to answer questions from the public.

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.

What is an Intermunicipal Development Plan?

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.

What does it do?

The Intermunicipal Development Plan will:

  • Facilitate compatibility of land development near the shared boundary, including:
    • Outlining potential future land uses, and,
    • Determining processes for applications within a defined area,
  • 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 effect.

Visit the City of Calgary website for more information.

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