Big Lakes County and the Town of High Prairie have initiated a project to undertake the development of an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) between the two communities. This project is driven in part by new legislation within the Municipal Government Act that requires IDPs to be developed between all neighbouring municipalities. Funding for this project is provided through the Alberta Community Partnership Grant from Alberta Municipal Affairs. In addition, this planning process provides an opportunity for collaboration on matters important to both the County and Town including service provision, land use, environmental protection, and future development patterns.
Objectives of the IDP are:
- Comply with all IDP requirements identified by the Municipal Government Act;
- Engage with community members and stakeholders in all parts of the project;
- Identify options for service provision between the County and Town; and
- Identify future land uses for the IDP area and establish regulations for intermunicipal referrals.
What is an Intermunicipal Development Plan?
An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a broad-based policy document that is created by neighbouring municipalities. The IDP will focus on a limited area surrounding the urban municipality and will address growth and servicing issues in a way that will respect the interests of both the County and the Town.