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IDP Vulcan County & Foothills County

Vulcan County and Foothills County are reviewing their Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP).


Update October 2020

Councils from both municipalities have given direction to undertake a public review of the proposed revisions to the IDP. Administration from both municipalities will be taking comments and documenting concerns from affected landowners until November 13, 2020. Subsequent to the review, a summary of the comments and concerns received will go to both Councils prior to consideration of the plan for approval. Based on the results of the public review, either Council may proposed further amendments to the Plan.

A draft of the IDP with proposed amendments can be found here.

Hard copies may also be obtained from either municipality.


What is an IDP?

An IDP is intended to foster on-going cooperation and coordination between municipalities and will generally achieve the following:

  • define an area of mutual interest,
  • describe future land use,
  • address issues such as transportation and the environment,
  • discuss opportunities for cooperation,
  • outline the process for referral of new plans and plan amendments, land use, subdivision and development applications along the boundary between the municipalities, and
  • lay out a conflict resolution process.

Vulcan County and Foothills County presently have an IDP that was adopted by both councils in 2015. However, due to amendments to the Municipal Government Act, the plan requires a review to ensure it continues to comply with provincial legislation.

Proposed Schedule / Timeline:
2020 Q1 Staff from both municipalities develop a Terms of Reference, and Communications and Engagement Approach for the IDP review (complete)
2020 Q2 Both Councils endorse the Terms of Reference, and Communications and Engagement Approach (complete)
2020 Q2 Public project announcement
2020 Q2/3 Staff collaborate on reviewing the current IDP and developing proposed amendments to address required items under the amended MGA
2020 Q2/3 Preparation of draft IDP document
2020 Q2/3 Public engagement on draft IDP
2020 Q3/4 Public hearings and plan adoption


             IDP Plan Location - pdf                                         IDP Plan Area - pdf



If you have comments, questions or concerns please contact Julie McLean: Julie.McLean@FoothillsCountyAB.ca or 403-603-6239.