Municipal Development Plan

Municipal Development Plan

The City of Cold Lake is undertaking an update to its Municipal Development Plan (MDP). In addition, the City is also updating its Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) in collaboration with the MD of Bonnyville. The updates will ensure these plans meet the new requirements of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and guide future growth and development of the City, including the newly annexed lands. The updates of the MDP and IDP will help to address land use planning issues and opportunities in the City, and in that portion of the MD in close proximity to the City.

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Here are some frequently asked questions:

What is the importance of this project?
By initiating this project, the City is demonstrating the importance of land use, servicing and transportation planning on a coordinated, cooperative and collaborative basis over the long term. The City and MD are also demonstrating that a solid land use planning framework is an essential component of successful intermunicipal relationships.

What is an Intermunicipal Development Plan?
An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a long-term and strategic plan between two or more municipalities that is required by the Municipal Government Act (MGA).
An IDP’s purpose is to provide a coordinated and collaborative land use, servicing and transportation framework for growth on the lands adjacent to and near the boundaries of the municipalities.
Under the MGA, an IDP must address:

  • future land uses,
  • future development proposals,
  • provision of transportation systems,
  • environmental matters,
  • coordination of intermunicipal physical, social, and economic programs,
  • other matters related to physical, social or economic development,
  • conflict resolution procedures,
  • plan amendment procedures, and
  • overall plan administration.

What is a Municipal Development Plan?
A MDP provides strategic direction to guide future growth and development within a municipality. It forecasts population growth and anticipates future land use, transportation and servicing needs, and sets the vision on how to accommodate this growth responsibly. It serves as an important decision-making tool for Council, administration, landowners and residents.
Under the MGA, a MDP must address:

  • future land uses,
  • future development proposals,
  • provision of transportation systems, and
  • provision of municipal servicing and facilities.

The MDP must also be consistent with the IDP.

I’m happy with our community today. Why do the MDP and IDP need to be updated?
The Province and the MGA now require that all existing MDPs and IDPs include new minimum requirements such as addressing transportation systems, environmental matters, etc. The City of Cold Lake and MD of Bonnyville are experiencing growth pressures and challenges, so we need to direct growth and manage the challenges in a strategic way. Each municipality has its own aspirations, anticipated development, and challenges to address. This project will ensure the City’s MDP and the IDP between the City and MD are in compliance with the changes to the MGA and respond to changing populations, economic circumstances, and shifting community needs.
The MDP was approved in 2007, and the IDP in 2009. A lot has happened in Cold Lake in the last 10 years, including an annexation in 2018. These policy documents need to be updated to reflect the changes that have occurred in the community and to reflect new and emerging priorities

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