The Calgary Metropolitan Board has approved the Regional Growth and Servicing Plans.
The Regional Growth Plan is of Great Concern to Foothills County because it:
- Shuts the door on rural opportunity;
- Limits economic development for rurals;
- Creates red tape and economic uncertainty;
- Involved insufficient public engagement;
- Is biased against rural municipalities creating an uneven playing field;
- Will cost taxpayers money.
Why should you care?
What is the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board?
In accordance with Provincial legislation, The Calgary Metropolitan Region Board was required to complete the Regional Growth Plan, the Regional Servicing Plan and a Regional Evaluation Framework by June 1st, 2021.
In March, Foothills County put out a “Call to Action”, alerting our residents of the phase 3 consultation being undertaken by the CMRB on the Growth and Servicing Plans. We asked that you participate in the consultation and help us to send a message to the CRMB and the Province that this regional plan is harmful to the rural members of the region. Thank you to all of you that participated in the consultation and sent letters to the MLAs and the Minister of Municipal Affairs. The consultation results are very clear, being that there is little support for these plans in any municipality. Not surprisingly, the CMRB accused Foothills of “hijacking” the consultation and determined that the results of the public consultation were meaningless. Please review the “what we heard report” (PDF) on the CMRB webpage to see the results.
On May 21st, 2021, the Calgary Regional Growth Board voted to approve the Regional Growth Plan, the Regional Servicing Plan and the Regional Evaluation Framework. The seven urban municipalities on the Board all voted to approve the plans, while the three rural municipalities voted against approving the Plans. The voting structure of the CRMB is a based on a 2/3rd majority vote having 2/3rd of the population, meaning that Calgary needs to be in support of the motion for it to pass. If there had been four votes against approving the Plans, the Plans would not have passed.
Foothills County has been working hard with the CRMB on the Growth and Servicing Plans since 2018. Our goal has always been to ensure that the Regional Growth and Servicing Plans were reasonable, fair and maintained a regional viewpoint, not a prescriptive local level focus.
These plans are the results of years of work and millions of public dollars. All three rural municipalities have significant concerns with the Growth Plan. This Regional Plan provides the City of Calgary and other urban municipalities with control over planning and growth in rural landscapes.
Read the detailed report on the Growth Plan, the Servicing Plan and the Regional Evaluation Framework (PDF).
Read the list of the mandated work and commitments (PDF) required to be undertaken by the Growth and Servicing Plans.
The Board approved Regional Growth Plan and the Regional Servicing plan, as well as the Regional Evaluation Framework below: