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Intermunicipal Development Plan
Brazeau County and Town of Drayton Valley Intermunicipal Development Plan
What is an IDP?
An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a high-level policy plan created by neighbouring municipalities. The Government of Alberta mandates that municipalities with a shared border complete an IDP.
An IDP is designed to foster cooperation and integrated development near the municipal boundaries so that unnecessary costs and negative impacts for the municipalities are avoided. The principles and objectives established in the IDP guide the growth of future development by identifying general locations for major land uses and servicing. In addition to guiding future growth, if there is a disagreement between municipalities on development, IDPs provide a framework for dispute resolution.
The Town of Drayton Valley and Brazeau County’s existing IDP was adopted in 2012. The purpose of this project is to update the existing IDP and identify opportunities for efficient delivery of intermunicipal services and development.
An IDP is not annexation and does not change any municipal boundaries. In accordance with the existing Annexation Settlement Agreement between Town of Drayton Valley and Brazeau County, no further annexations will happen until:
- the Town’s population is 19,362, or
- January 1st, 2061.
As a point of reference, the Town’s population as of the 2016 Federal Census is 7,235.
An IDP also does not rezone land within either the Town of Drayton Valley or Brazeau County.
Within the County, the Plan Area extends 0.8 kilometres to 2.4 kilometres (1/2 mile to 1 ½ miles) from the Town boundary as defined in the Annexation Settlement Agreement except to the east where it extends to the top of the North Saskatchewan River valley. Within the Town, the Plan Area extends inward 0.1 kilometres from the Town Boundary. The map below shows the Plan Area in blue.
Why are we updating the IDP?
As mentioned earlier, the Town and County have an existing IDP that was completed in 2012.
The Government of Alberta has recently updated the MGA with a strong focus on intermunicipal planning. To accommodate these changes, this project will evaluate what worked and what did not work in the 2012 IDP, explore what services can be shared, and determine how and where we should grow.
A copy of the Draft IDP can be found here.
Opportunity for Community Input
Town Council will be holding a Public Hearing to receive comments, concerns and questions from the public regard to the proposed Brazeau County-Drayton Valley Intermunicipal Development Pan (IDP) 2020/03/D.
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Council Chambers, Drayton Valley Civic Centre
You are encouraged to submit your comments in writing to the Senior Planner prior to the hearing. Written submissions received prior to the designated meeting time will be provided to Council members and considered before the formal public hearing.
Should you have any questions with regard to proposed IDP 2020/03/D Bylaw, please contact Matt Ellis, BES, RPP, MCIP, Senior Planner and Assistant Director of Emergency Management at 780-514-2203 or by email at email@example.com.