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IDP Vulcan County & Foothills County

Vulcan County and Foothills County are reviewing their Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP).

Update February 2021

On February 17, 2021, Foothills County Council passed second and third readings to bylaw 4/2021 to authorize the adoption of the Vulcan County and Foothills County Intermunicipal Development Plan. 

Vulcan County/Foothills County Intermunicipal Development Plan

Update January 2021

Subsequent to the public review of the proposed amendments to the plan in October and November, both Councils determined that the plan could go forward for public hearings and consideration for approval. There are no substantive changes proposed from the version of the plan that was circulated for public review.

Foothills County's public hearing will be held Wednesday January 27th at 10:00 am in a virtual format. 

Vulcan County's public hearing will be held Wednesday January 27th  at 11:05 am in the Council Chambers of the Vulcan County Offices at 102 Centre Street, Vulcan, Alberta.

Anyone wishing to make a presentation to the Council of Foothills County regarding the proposed amended plan and adopting bylaw must register by email here prior to 4:30 P.M Thursday, January 21st, 2021. Alternatively, written submissions may be submitted here but should be received a minimum of 2 days prior to the hearing date.

Update October 2020

Councils from both municipalities have given direction to undertake a public review of the proposed revisions to the IDP. Administration from both municipalities will be taking comments and documenting concerns from affected landowners until November 13, 2020. Subsequent to the review, a summary of the comments and concerns received will go to both Councils prior to consideration of the plan for approval. Based on the results of the public review, either Council may proposed further amendments to the Plan.

A draft of the IDP with proposed amendments can be found here.

Hard copies may also be obtained from either municipality.

What is an IDP?

An IDP is intended to foster on-going cooperation and coordination between municipalities and will generally achieve the following:

  • define an area of mutual interest,
  • describe future land use,
  • address issues such as transportation and the environment,
  • discuss opportunities for cooperation,
  • outline the process for referral of new plans and plan amendments, land use, subdivision and development applications along the boundary between the municipalities, and
  • lay out a conflict resolution process.

Vulcan County and Foothills County presently have an IDP that was adopted by both councils in 2015. However, due to amendments to the Municipal Government Act, the plan requires a review to ensure it continues to comply with provincial legislation.

Proposed Schedule / Timeline:
2020 Q1 Staff from both municipalities develop a Terms of Reference, and Communications and Engagement Approach for the IDP review (complete)
2020 Q2 Both Councils endorse the Terms of Reference, and Communications and Engagement Approach (complete)
2020 Q2 Public project announcement
2020 Q2/3 Staff collaborate on reviewing the current IDP and developing proposed amendments to address required items under the amended MGA
2020 Q2/3 Preparation of draft IDP document
2020 Q2/3 Public engagement on draft IDP
2020 Q3/4 Public hearings and plan adoption


             IDP Plan Location - pdf                                         IDP Plan Area - pdf



If you have comments, questions or concerns please contact Julie McLean: Julie.McLean@FoothillsCountyAB.ca or 403-603-6239.