Welcome to Foothills County

Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB)

The Calgary Metropolitan Region Board Regulation (the Regulation) was adopted by an Order in Council by the Government of Alberta and came into force on January 1, 2018. The passing of the Regulation and associated legislation (part 17.1 of the Municipal Government Act) authorized and required the establishment of the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB).

There are 10 member municipalities in the CMRB they are: City of Airdrie, City of Calgary, City of Chestermere, Town of Cochrane, Town of High River, Town of Okotoks, Rocky View County, Town of Strathmore, Foothills County, and a portion of Wheatland County.

The mandate of the Board is outlined as follows:

  • strive towards consensus regarding matters before the Board,
  • promote the long term sustainability of the Calgary Metropolitan Region,
  • ensure environmentally responsible land-use planning, growth management and efficient use of land,
  • develop policies regarding the coordination of regional infrastructure investment and service delivery, 
  • promote the economic well-being and competitiveness of the Calgary Metropolitan Region,
  • develop policies outlining how the Board shall engage the public on the Growth Plan and the Servicing Plan, and
  • be limited in its mandate and role to those powers given to the Board under the Act and this Regulation. 

Further to this, the Regulation dictates that the region will have to develop a Regional Growth Plan and Regional Servicing Plan by the end of 2020 as well as a Regional Evaluation Framework which will determine which types of applications or plans will need to go before the Board for approval prior to being approved by a member municipality.

Work has begun on an interim plan to assist municipalities with making planning decisions until the full plan can be developed. It is anticipated that the interim plan should be complete by fall 2018.

More information can be found on the CMRB website: https://www.calgarymetroregion.ca/