Municipal Development Plan Refresh


REASSESS. RENEW. REFRESH.

WHAT IS A MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN?
A Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is a statutory bylaw required by Municipal Government Act (MGA). The MDP provides a long-term land use policy framework for the County. It identifies a community vision and establishes policies that will be used by decision makers to move the municipality towards that vision. It is one of the County’s core strategic plans used to make decisions about land use, infrastructure investment, and community service priorities. Ideally, the MDP will inform and influence the annual corporate strategic plan and vice versa.


The Refresh

The MDP Refresh will replace the current MDP with a new plan. The current MDP was adopted in 2010. Good municipal planning practice directs that statutory plans are updated every 5 to 10 years.

The MDP Refresh will:

  • identify current development pressures,
  • consider known constraints and opportunities,
  • be reflective of the current Council’s desired direction,
  • incorporate community feedback and new information,
  • be informed by current County policies and practices, and
  • include necessary changes consistent with the recent changes to the Municipal Government Act.

Since the current MDP was adopted a number of significant reports and projects have provided new information that should be acknowledged and incorporated, where appropriate, into the direction set by the MDP. These include:

  • NSC Draft Heritage Survey and Inventory (2014)
  • Sunrise Gateway Business Park Area Structure Plan (2012 with amendment in 2014)
  • Top of Bank Setback Study (2013)
  • Riparian Setback Matrix Model and Wetlands Identification (2014)
  • Intermunicipal Development Plan(s)
  • Situational Analysis of Recreation Activities, Infrastructure, and Service Delivery (2015)
  • Highway 2 Functional Planning Study (2010)

How to Participate:
You have the opportunity to provide input at the Start Up phase of the project by filling in the Values and Visioning Community Survey by July 15, 2019.

Watch for a second survey and Open House in late 2019!

The survey results and how the results influence the MDP document will be reported back to the community throughout the process. The project approach to public participation is set out in the Refresh Public Participation Plan, consistent with the direction of the County’s Public Participation Policy 1.31.

Who is the Planning Team?
The MDP Refresh process is being led by a Project Committee that includes the Reeve, Deputy Reeve, CAO, public members of the Municipal Planning Commission, key County staff and Municipal Planners from the Mackenzie Municipal Services Agency. The Project Committee is supported by the Technical Committee, which includes County staff from a variety of departments and the Municipal Planners from the Mackenzie Municipal Services Agency

Project Contact:
If you have any questions, ideas or concerns, please contact Jennifer Regal, Development Officer at 780-624-0013.

The Process

The MDP Refresh process kicked off in May 2019. The plan will take between 1 and 2 years to develop. Key project milestones are outlined below.

START UP – MAY 2019

Public and Stakeholder info & Survey

Issue Identification

Baseline Identification

Research

SETTING DIRECTION

Survey Report

Identify Vision, Goals and Objectives

DRAFT DOCUMENT

Policy development

MPC Review

Legal Review

PUBLIC CONSULTATION AND ENGAGEMENT

2nd survey

Community Open House

FINALIZE DOCUMENT

Consultation Report (including results of 2nd survey)

Changes to document based on feedback

Present document to Council

STATUTORY BYLAW PROCESS

Public Hearing

3 Bylaw Readings

IMPLEMENTATION

Update website

Review and monitor new plan for performance and effectiveness

Incorporate policies into decision making processes