Northern Sunrise County/Village of Nampa Intermunicipal Development Plan

Project Update:  July 13, 2017

The Village of Nampa and Northern Sunrise County Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) bylaws have been passed by both Councils.  The final IDP document is available for your review.


The Village of Nampa and Northern Sunrise County are working with Mackenzie Municipal Services Agency to develop an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) and you are invited to participate in the process.

Project Update (May 25, 2017)



Pursuant to the Municipal Government Act, being Chapter M-26 of the Statutes of Alberta, notice is hereby given that the Council of the Village of Nampa and the Council of Northern Sunrise County will hold a joint public hearing prior to the second reading of the Intermunicipal Development Plan, Village of Nampa Bylaw No. 439 and Northern Sunrise County Bylaw No. B311/17.

The Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a joint statutory planning document between the Village of Nampa and Northern Sunrise County. The IDP will meet the requirements of Section 631 of the Municipal Government Act and provide a framework for collaboration and coordination with respect to development between the two municipalities.
The Public Hearing for Bylaw No. 439 and Bylaw No. 311/17 will be held as follows:
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Village of Nampa Council Chambers
9902 102 Avenue
Nampa, AB
The proposed bylaw may also be viewed at the Village of Nampa office and at the Northern Sunrise County office during regular office hours.  A draft copy of the Intermunicipal Development Plan forms part of the bylaw and can also be viewed at either office.
If you would like to submit written comments, file a petition against the bylaw, or require further information on the proposed bylaw, please contact:

Village of Nampa
Dianne Roshuk, CAO
780-322-3852 │
Box 69 9902 102 Avenue
Nampa, AB T0H 2R0
Northern Sunrise County
Cindy Millar, Director of Legislative Services
780.625.3290 │
Bag 1300 
Peace River, AB T8S 1Y9 
Please submit written submissions by 12:00 pm on June 6, 2017.

Comments can be directed to Cindy Millar at and to Dianne Roshuk at

Project Update (February 2017):
We would like to thank everyone who attended the open house on January 19, 2017, and those who filled in the survey. A summary of the consultation results can be found here. The information presented at the open house can be found here.

Based on the feedback received during these public processes, the municipalities have extended Secondary Joint Plan Area of the plan:

The plan document is currently being drafted. It is anticipated that the plan will be available for public review in the late spring 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will the plan affect my municipal taxes?
A: No, the plan will have no impact on your municipal taxes.
Q: Will the Village of Nampa be making decisions about development on my land?
A: No, decision making authority on development permits, subdivisions and bylaws remains with the County. The plan will establish a process whereby the Village will have the opportunity to comment, if they so choose, on these matters.
Q: Why is the highway being rerouted around Nampa? 
A: The highway reroute around Nampa is a decision of Alberta Transportation (the Province). It is a long-term project. The timing of the implementation has not been determined. The IDP will take the highway reroute into consideration for planning purposes. However, this is not intended as an endorsement or approval on the part of the municipalities.
Q: What is an IDP?
A: The purpose of an IDP is to establish a framework for the coordination of decision-making and dispute resolution between two or more municipalities for an area of land in close proximity to their shared boundary. It is legislated by the Municipal Government Act and must address certain issues including future land use, the process for future development proposals and coordination of intermunicipal infrastructure and services.
Q: How will the IDP affect me?
A: The IDP will not impose any significant or meaningful change to how you live or work in the area. However, if you propose to expand your residence, subdivide land, or rezone your property, Councils, Authorities and Boards will consider your application according to the policies in the IDP.


What is an IDP?

An IDP is a plan developed jointly by two or more neighbouring municipalities to manage decision-making for an area of land in close proximity to the shared boundary. The IDP is a statutory plan, outlined in the Municipal Government Act (MGA), meant to enhance regional cooperation and collaboration by helping to facilitate efficient and compatible land development by addressing: 

  • future land use and the process for future development proposals in the area,
  • environmental matters as well as social, physical or economic development matters,
  • co-ordination and financing of intermunicipal programs, services, facilities, and infrastructure,
  • procedures for conflict resolution and amending or repealing the plan, and
  • administrative matters related to the plan.

Who does it affect?

An IDP affects stakeholders, landowners whose lands are located within the IDP joint planning area boundary, and anyone interested in developing within the joint area. The IDP document will provide landowners, stakeholders and other interested parties with the appropriate land uses and development options for their land based on the policies adopted within the plan. It is important that future development is compatible with existing residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural uses; major transportation routes; and significant environmental features and landscapes.

What is the plan process?

  1. Terms of Reference – outlines scope of the project. 
  1. Form Joint IDP Planning Committee – made up of two councillors and municipal administration from each municipality, as well as planners from the Mackenzie Municipal Services Agency. 
  1. Consultation Plan – to inform and gather feedback from the public, landowners, and stakeholders.

  1. Draft IDP Document – policies and procedures for intermunicipal collaboration will be drafted based on feedback from the public and stakeholders and input from the Joint IDP Planning Committee. 
  1. Bylaw process – the IDP will be adopted according to the bylaw process set out in the MGA.

How can I get involved?

Northern Sunrise County and the Village of Nampa want to hear from the public and other stakeholders about the issues important to you. The IDP development process will provide opportunities for the public and stakeholders to get involved through the use of surveys and public open houses.
Public consultation activities will be advertised on this web page, on municipal Facebook pages, in mail-outs, in the newsletters, in the newspaper, and on the radio.

Comments can be directed to Cindy Millar at and to Dianne Roshuk at