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 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)
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
Identify Vision, Goals and Objectives
PUBLIC CONSULTATION AND ENGAGEMENT
Community Open House
Consultation Report (including results of 2nd survey)
Changes to document based on feedback
Present document to Council
STATUTORY BYLAW PROCESS
3 Bylaw Readings
Review and monitor new plan for performance and effectiveness
Incorporate policies into decision making processes