Where There’s Room to Grow


Planning Documents

While planning for your development, subdivision, or redesignation projects, you may wish or need to refer to some existing documents. As well, depending on the size or complexity of your project, you may need to develop some of the below documents.

Regional Growth Management Strategy

The Regional Growth Management Strategy (RGMS) is similar to the MDP, but looks forward to 40 years. The RGMS explores growth, infrastructure, municipal services, economic, and environmental impacts. It examines where and how the County should grow; how growth will effect the natural environment; and what impact growth will have on infrastructure. Using this information, this document outlines how decisions regarding planning and development within Wheatland County will be made. Take a look at the RGMS here.

Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs)

IDPs are agreements between two or more municipalities, which outline how planning and development decisions will be made, where they affect both sides of the boundary lines. Wheatland County has three agreements in place, with the County of NewellVulcan County, and the Municipal District of Foothills No. 31.

As of April 1, 2018 municipalities that are not members of a growth management board must prepare and adopt IDPs with any municipality with whom they share a boundary by April 1, 2020. Each IDP must include the lands along the boundary of both municipalities, the exact area of which is agreed upon by both municipalities. The IDPs themselves address:

  • the future land use within the area;
  • the manner of and the proposals for future development in the area;
  • the provision of transportation systems for the area, either generally or specifically;
  • the co-ordination of intermunicipal programs relating to the physical, social, and economic development of the area;
  • environmental matters within the area, either generally or specifically;
  • any other matter related to the physical, social, or economic development of the area that the councils consider necessary;
  • how municipalities will circulate new development, land use, and/or subdivision proposals within the area; and
  • how municipalities will resolve conflicts within the area.

Existing statutory documents, such as an Area Structure Plan, that were approved prior to the adoption of a new IDP between the respective municipalities, are not required to follow the provisions of the IDP.

Wheatland County is in the process of updating IDP's with surrounding municipalities. The draft documents are available through the links below:

Municipal Development Plan

The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is the primary land use planning and community development guiding document, and is required for all municipalities with a population of more than 3,500. The MDP sets the vision, sustainability principles, goals, and policies for Wheatland County. It guides many of Council’s major decisions, particularly those that will impact us for more than 20 years. The MDP can be viewed here.

Area Structure Plans

Area Structure Plans (ASPs) are documents that are approved by Council as bylaws. The documents are used by the County when evaluating planning or development applications within the specific areas. If your land is located in an area where there is an existing ASP, you will want to be familiar with the document. If your proposed project is large or complex, a new ASP may be required.

To review existing ASPs, click here.

There is a proposed West Highway 1 Area Structure Plan (WH1ASP) amendment, and you can view it here.

Land Use Bylaw

The Land Use Bylaw is a statutory document that regulates the use and development of land within the County. If you are planning on any development, subdivision, or redesignation on your land within Wheatland County, you should be familiar with this document. Check it out here.

Area Concept Plans

Area Concept Plans are guidelines for the redesignation, subdivision and development of an area of land. You may be required to include one with your application, as they help to paint a picture of what the project will look like when completed.

Direct Control Districts

A Direct Control District provides a land use designation for parcels that, because of unique characteristics or innovative design, requires specific regulations unavailable in other land use districts. DCs have specific sets of rules and regulations that apply to the parcel of land designated to that DC District. In the case of discretionary uses in a DC, unless otherwise stated within a specific DC, Council is the authority on rendering a decision on those uses and variance requests.

To review existing Direct Control Districts, see here.

South Saskatchewan Regional Plan

The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) is an Alberta Land-Use Framework Integrated Plan that sets out an approach to manage our province’s land and natural resources. The Land-Use Framework sets out seven new land-use regions and calls for the development of a regional plan for each. Wheatland County is required to align with the SSRP Framework.

The SSRP Plan is available on the Alberta Government website.

Municipal Government Act

The Municipal Government Act (MGA) is the legislation that helps to define how municipalities must function and operate.

The MGA is available through the Queen's Printer.

Calgary Metropolitan Regional Board

The Calgary Metropolitan Region Board consists of 10 municipalities mandated to develop a long term plan for a managed and sustainable growth. A portion of Wheatland County falls under the CMRB. The Calgary Metropolitan Region Board was established in January 2018 and must develop a Regional Growth and Servicing Plan by December 31, 2020.

The CMRB has developed an Interim Growth Plan and an Interim Regional Evaluation Framework to provide direction until the final Growth Plan is completed.

CMRB regulations can be found through the Queen's Printer.




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