Town of Canmore

Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP)

Open House from 4-7 p.m. on August 28 at the Mad Dog Cafe at 120 1st Ave, Dead Man's Flats

What is an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP)?

Recent updates to the Municipal Government Act require that municipalities with common boundaries must adopt an IDP by April 2020. An IDP is a plan between two municipalities with common boundaries that outlines how certain lands along the common boundary will be used and developed. It also considers other physical, social, or economic consideration in the development of the area. You can read a draft of the plan pdf here (506 KB) . A pdf Terms of Reference (9.33 MB) was created to guide the process. 

What is the role of an IDP and how does it fit into the hierarchy of statutory plans?

An IDP is a statutory plan between two municipalities that provides guidance in the planning and development of lands adjacent to the municipal boundaries. It provides direction and requires consistency with the other individual municipalities’ statutory plans, including Area Structure Plans and Area Redevelopment Plans. Notwithstanding the IDP, each municipality maintains local autonomy and responsibility with respect to decision-making within their municipal jurisdiction.

Why is the IDP Plan Area so limited in size? What about the remainder of the boundaries?

The majority of lands at the boundaries of Canmore and Bighorn is provincially protected lands, including Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park, or otherwise owned/controlled by the Province. Development on private and/or non-Provincial lands, which is under the control of the municipalities, can only occur on lands at the common boundaries as shown below.

How is the IDP enacted?

Adoption of an Intermunicipal Development Plan requires three readings of a bylaw and a public hearing (see next steps below). The Town of Canmore and the M.D. of Bighorn will each hold a public hearing and adopt the same IDP by bylaw. 

What is the difference between a Plan Area and a Notification Area?

The primary difference between a Plan Area and a Notification Area is which types of applications are referred to the adjacent municipality. 

Application Type

Notification Area

Plan Area

MDP amendment

New or amendment to Area Structure Plan

New or amendment to Area Redevelopment Plan

New or amendment to Concept Plan/Scheme

Land Use Bylaw amendment

x

Subdivision

x

Development Permit for discretionary use

(where no approved ASP or ARP)

x

How will intermunicipal disputes be resolved?

Rather than going directly to an appeal with the Municipal Government Board on a decision, the IDP requires municipalities to attempt to resolve any disputes internally first before a decision is made through the following processes:

  1. Administrative discussions
  2. Intermunicipal Committee discussions
  3. Mediation

If mediation is unsuccessful, the municipality may proceed with a decision and an appeal may be made to the Municipal Government Board for resolution.

Next Steps

Find out more information at the upcoming open house from 4-7 p.m. on August 28 at the Mad Dog Cafe at 120 1st Ave, Dead Man's Flats. 

Council will hear first reading of the IDP in October, followed by a public hearing in November. Public input will be incorporated before the IDP returns to Council in early 2020 for second and third readings. Visit the MD of Bighorn's webpage here.  

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