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IDP City of Calgary and Foothills County

Intermunicipal Development Plan - Foothills County and City of Calgary 

Our Shared Boundary IDP  |  Calgary Bylaw 18P2017  |  Foothills Bylaw 19/2017

Project Update May 8, 2017:

The Foothills County and City of Calgary IDP (2017) titled Our Shared Boundary was adopted by bylaw by both municipalities in April.

On April 11, 2017 the City of Calgary gave all three readings to Bylaw 18P2017 adopting the new IDP in the City and Foothills County gave second and third readings to Bylaw 19/2017 on April 19, 2017 adopting the new IDP in the County.  

Project Update March 1, 2017:

The Council of the County of Foothills will be holding a public hearing regarding the proposed Foothills County and City of Calgary Intermunicipal Development Plan on March 15, 2017 at 10:00 am in Council Chambers of the Foothills Administration Building.

A link is provided below to the proposed plan. 

The Council of The City of Calgary will be holding a public hearing on the plan on April 10, 2017. 

Subsequent to their respective public hearings both Councils will determine whether to approve a bylaw adopting this plan or whether amendments will need to be made prior to adoption.

Project Update December 22, 2016:

The draft Foothills County and City of Calgary IDP is now available for public review. We would like to thank everyone who provided comments and feedback throughout the plan development process. Your contributions have helped to shape this very important plan. We also welcome the public to continue to provide comments directly to project staff. 

Draft IDP for Foothills County and City of Calgary

After reviewing any input we receive, 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 provide further feedback directly to the Councils of both municipalities by participating in the public hearings.

In the meantime, if you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact project staff:

Foothills County
Julie McLean, Senior Planner
Tel: 403-603-6239

City of Calgary
Natalia Zoldak, Planner
Tel: 403.268.2711


Project Update November 4, 2016:

On Thursday, October 27th the County of Foothills and the City of Calgary held the fourth public information session on the new Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) that is being jointly developed. The event was well attended with 178 residents coming out to review the information presented and engage in discussions with staff and elected officials.

Information panels from the Oct 27 open house - pdf 

Based on feedback gathered at the last event held on March 2, 2016 and on additional analysis that was undertaken, a revised, smaller growth area was presented along with some changes to proposed policy. Once again, the public were asked to provide feedback on the growth area and the proposed policy by completing a short survey.

After the feedback from this event is analyzed, adjustments may be made, if needed, and staff will complete the draft IDP document. If the proposed plan is endorsed by the Intermunicipal Committee it will begin going through the approval process in both municipalities. Adoption of the new IDP will require public hearings in both the City and the County. It is expected that the hearings will be held in March, 2017. The proposed document will be made available to the public for review prior to the public hearings.


Project Update June 29, 2016:

Since the last open house in March, the City of Calgary and Foothills County have been drafting the new Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) document and undertaking internal reviews of the policy proposed for the plan.  Through these reviews, we have determined that there are a few issues that will need to be revisited and there may be some changes to information that was presented at the previous open house. In light of the additional analysis required and the anticipated changes, we are planning an open house on the Plan for fall 2016. Here we will once again be looking for public feedback to help us shape final policies that will form the new IDP.

While this additional work will delay the process, we believe that it will result in a better plan for both municipalities. We now anticipate the proposed IDP will go forward for public hearing and consideration by both Councils in the first quarter of 2017. Please watch for details regarding the next public open house. We will release a pre-event information package a week or so prior to the open house to allow people to review the material in advance. 


Project update March 8, 2016:

We would like to thank everyone who joined us for our open house  on Wednesday, March 2, 2016  at the DeWinton Community Hall. The event was well attended with about 250 people coming out to share their views with us.

The full set of panels from the event are available below:

Panels from March 2 open house - pdf

Engagement Report from Open House held March 2, 2016 - pdf


Project update February, 2016:

Staff from the County of Foothills and The City of Calgary presented a draft growth area map and draft policy to the Inter-Municipal Committee (IMC). The IMC is made up of elected officials from both jurisdictions who share information, discuss interests of mutual concern and make recommendations to the respective Councils of the two municipalities. The IMC provided direction to proceed with a third open house:

The purpose of the open house will be to obtain feedback about the draft growth areas and policies, to understand your concerns and suggestions, and to answer your questions.



On November 26th, 2015 a stakeholder consultation session was held at the Scott Seaman Sports Rink with representatives from community associations in the IDP area of interest. Attendance at this session was limited in order to facilitate more in-depth discussion. There was very thoughtful discussion and a number of points were brought up that project staff had not heard before.

Presentation from November 26, 2015 Community Groups Stakeholder Session - pdf

Summary of Discussion - November 26, 2015 Community Groups Stakeholder Session - pdf


Planning staff from the County and the City discussed what we heard at the Calgary-Foothills IDP open house on October 28, 2015. This document captures the significant number discussions that occurred at the different stations and documents what can be improved.

Summary of October 28,2015 - Open House - pdf

Approximately 260 people came out and visited 6 stations around the room addressing different topics including: IDP Basics, Growth Areas, Transportation, Interface Issues, Conservation and Environment and Public Engagement. 

At the Growth Areas station, maps showing four different future growth "Scenarios", to accommodate long term growth for the City of Calgary were shown and there was some excellent discussion around the pros and cons of the four options. People even "voted" for their most preferred and least preferred options.

It is important to note that the  future growth areas that are eventually agreed upon by the two municipalities are intended to accommodate very long term growth and the City has indicated that they would likely not be entering into discussions with the County of Foothills about annexation for at least 20 years.

Presentation boards from the open house - pdf


Staff from both municipalities will also be working on policy to address interface issues, conservation and the environment and what limitations might be placed on development of lands in the identified growth areas.

It is anticipated that another public engagement event will be held in the new year.


The City of Calgary and the County 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.

For more information - City of Calgary Planning

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.

City of Calgary