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Wheatland County and Foothills County IDP

Wheatland County and Foothills County IDP Amendment 2018-2019

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

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.

May 6, 2019, Over the past months, staff from both municipalities have reviewed the current plan and developed a draft amended plan that will meet the new requirements of the Municipal Government Act. 

July 3, 2019,  The amended Foothills/ Wheatland County IDP was presented to Council and passed for one reading. 

The draft amended IDP is available for review here.

We invite anyone who feels they are affected by this plan and has questions or would like to provide input into the plan amendment to contact us. We will be collecting feedback on the draft amended plan until June 7th, 2019. 

Julie McLean, Senior Planner, Foothills County 
403-603-6239 or by email  


Odessa Cohen, Junior Planner, Wheatland County
403-361-2035 or by email 

Click here for a printable map - pdf

Wheatland County IDP map

Project Overview:

The current Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is relatively recent having been adopted by Wheatland County and Foothills County 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.



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.