Welcome to Municipal District of Foothills No. 31

Planning Policies

When making planning and development decisions under Part 17 of the Municipal Government Act, the Council of the MD of Foothills or their designates will consider all applicable statutory and non-statutory plans, bylaws and policies.







Statutory Plans:

Calgary Metropolitan Region Growth Plan

This plan was mandated by the Government of Alberta under the  Calgary Metropolitan Region Board Regulation. For more information visit the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board website here.

Intermunicipal Development Plans

Intermunicipal development plans outline how municipalities will work together, and address areas of mutual concern. The M.D. of Foothills has Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs) in place with most of our municipal neighbours. For a full list of IDPs visit our Intermunicipal Development Plans page.

The M.D.’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP2010)

This document outlines a comprehensive vision for the MD addressing the type of development that is desired and some of the important characteristics of the area that members of the community feel are worth preserving and protecting. A copy of MDP2010 can be found on the Resource Library Page under "Plans" here.

Area Structure Plans

An Area Structure Plan (ASP) is a statutory plan, adopted by Bylaw which provides a framework for redesignation, subdivision and development of an area of land. For a full list of the M.D.'s approved ASPs visit our Area Structure Plans page.

Area Redevelopment Plans

Area Re-development Plans are similar to Area Structure Plans, except that an ARP is used to facilitate the "redevelopment" of an area that is already developed. The ARP provides policy direction regarding the removal, reconstruction and/or preservation of an area and buildings and provides for improvements of infrastructure.

The MD of Foothills does not currently have any approved ARP's

The M.D.’s Land Use Bylaw 60/2014

The Land Use Bylaw (LUB) is a regulatory document that governs what development or uses may be permitted on a piece of property depending on that property's zoning. A copy of the Land Use Bylaw 60/2014 can be found on the Resource Library Page under "Bylaws".


Non-Statutory Plans:

Outline Plans and Area Concept Plans are non-statutory plans that are used as a guideline for the subsequent redesignation, subdivision and development of an area of land. All approved Area Concept Plans and Outline Plans are listed and described on the Area Concept Plan and Outline Plans page.



All bylaws can be found on the Resource Library Page under "Bylaws"

Council as Subdivision Authority Bylaw 148-1995

This bylaw establishes the Council of the M.D. of Foothills as the Subdivision Approving Authority of the Municipal District of Foothills.

Council Code of Conduct Bylaw 30-2017

The Council Code of Conduct establishes standards of conduct for Members of Council; it speaks to conflicts of interest, respect for the laws and policies, procedures and processes of the M.D. and to fairness in decision making.

Dark Sky Bylaw 27-2009

This bylaw lays out requirements for street lighting and signage. Decisions regarding planning applications may consider whether the requirements under the Dark Sky Bylaw are addressed. Decisions on development permit applications may be impacted by provisions in the bylaw regarding shielding of fixtures, the types of fixtures considered acceptable and unacceptable and how signage may or may not be lit.

Fee Schedule Bylaw 86/2017

The Fee Schedule Bylaw provides for the fees to be charged for all planning, subdivision and development applications.

Meeting Procedural Bylaw of the MD of Foothills No. 31 Bylaw 51-2016

The Meeting Procedural Bylaw outlines how public hearings are run, how motions for decisions are made and debated and how decisions are made.

Water Conservation Bylaw 119-2005

This bylaw requires that water be conserved and utilized in an efficient manner throughout the M.D. and mandates that new residential and commercial construction connecting to M.D. water systems incorporate low flow fixtures. This bylaw may directly impact decisions on development permits and may be considered when evaluating applications for plans or subdivisions where water servicing is to be provided by municipal water systems.

Water Sewer Garbage Bylaw 195-2007

This is a bylaw to regulate the installation, and operation of water and sewer systems in the M.D. and to levy fees and fines for water, sewer and garbage. It mandates connection in locations where the service is supplied and the conditions under which the services may be extended. The bylaw also addresses metering and constructions standards.



All policies can be found on the Resource Library Page under "Policies"

Excessive Road Grade Policy

This policy establishes road design standards and conditions under which a road may be approved when it cannot not be built with a grade less than 7%.

Municipal Gravel Roads – Servicing Levels Policy

This policy provides Public Works with clear direction from Council on the level of maintenance effort as it relates to the different classification of municipal roads.  As different classifications of roads require different levels of service which may be more or less costly to the municipality, this may be a consideration when making decisions on proposed development.

Municipal Reserve Policy (also referred to as Public Reserve Policy)

The Municipal Reserve Policy lays out the conditions under which municipal reserve may or may not be required as part of an application for subdivision and under what conditions the reserves may be deferred. It also speaks to the form that reserve may take – land or cash-in-lieu. This policy applies to all subdivision applications but may also influence decisions on applications for Area Concept Plans, Outline Plans or Land Use Redesignations when the future allocation of reserve lands is addressed as part of the application.

Public Participation Policy

The Public Participation Policy speaks to the importance of considering the desires, needs and expectations of the citizens and landowners who will be impacted by the decisions made by local government. This policy provides guiding principles for engagement processes and outlines under what circumstances a public engagement process must be undertaken and the types of approaches that may be used to engage with the public.

Rural Approach Standards Policy

This policy provides a consistent standard for approaches along municipal roads in order to ensure the safety of the public. The requirement for construction, upgrading and/or removal of an approach or approaches is a common condition of subdivision approval and may also be a condition of a development permit application approval.

Shallow and Overhead Utilities Policy

The installation of shallow and/or overhead utilities may be a condition of a subdivision or development approval. This policy outlines standards for location, design and construction of these utilities in order to ensure the safety of the public is achieved.

Street Lighting Policy

The installation of street lighting may be proposed as part of a planning or development application or may be imposed by the Approval Authority as a condition of approval for an application. The Street Lighting Policy outlines in what instances street lighting may be considered, and addresses the capital cost and energy costs.

Water Policy

The M.D. of Foothills’ Water Policy applies in instances where a proposal would create 5 lots or less on a quarter section. The policy requires an applicant for redesignation or subdivision to drill one well per lot, to a maximum of 3 wells, conduct 12 hour pump and 12 hour recovery tests and submit Q20 calculations. The policy also outlines under what conditions there may be exceptions to these requirements.



Municipal Process regarding the Establishment of Riparian Setbacks

The Process document outlines Council’s options on directives that may be imposed regarding the establishment of riparian setbacks on a parcel as a condition of first reading of a bylaw. It can be found on the Riparian Setbacks page here.

The Riparian Setback Matrix Model and Developer’s Guide

The Riparian Setback Matrix Model and Developers Guidelines are technical documents that may be used to determine appropriate development setbacks from riparian areas throughout the Municipality.  These documents can be found on the Riparian Setbacks page here.