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Wheatland County and MD of Foothills IDP

Wheatland County and MD of Foothills IDP Amendment 2018-2019

Wheatland County and the MD of Foothills are in the process of updating their Intermunicipal Development Plan in order to ensure compliance with new requirements of the Municipal Government Act.

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Wheatland County IDP map

Project Overview:

The current Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is relatively recent having been adopted by Wheatland County and the M.D. of Foothills No. 31 in the fall of 2015 as part of a larger project that created a series of eleven rural-to-rural IDPs. 

However, recent amendments to the Municipal Government Act (MGA) necessitate that a review and amendment be undertaken in order to ensure that the IDP continues to meet all requirements under the Act. The Province has given municipalities until April 1, 2021 to meet the new requirements.









Project Timeline:

This project was initiated in the Fall of 2018 and it is anticipated that it will be completed by the Fall or 2019.


Project Updates:

Oct 30, 2018, the Two Municipalities held the first meeting of the IDP Committe and approved a Terms of Reference and Public Engagement Plan for the IDP review.

Over the coming months staff from both municipalities will be undertaking a review of the existing plan and developing proposed amendments. 

Anyone who feels they are affected by this plan and have questions or would like to provide input into the plan amendment may contact:

Julie McLean, Senior Planner, MD of Foothills
403-603-6239  or  email  julie.mclean@mdfoothills.com


Odessa Cohen, Junior Planner, Wheatland County
403-361-2035  or  email Odessa.Cohen@wheatlandcounty.ca

What is an IDP?

An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a high-level policy plan provided for in the Municipal Government Act (MGA) that is developed jointly by two municipalities to facilitate collaboration and cooperation on planning matters for the land along both sides of their shared boundary.

What will change?

Compliance with recent MGA amendments may require the addition of general policies for future land use, transportation, economic development, and environmental priorities in the area. It may also include the minor revision of various policies referencing the MGA and the dispute resolution process. It is important to note that:

  • An IDP is not annexation and does not change any municipal boundaries.
  • The current IDP area (as shown on the map above) is not expected to change.
  • An IDP also does not rezone land within either Wheatland County or the MD of Foothills.