The current Wheatland County Municipal Development Plan (MDP) was approved by Council in 2013 to provide the County with a vision for 30 years. Today, six years later, the County wants to ensure the vision, policies and objectives within the MDP are being met and remain relevant, through a comprehensive review and update.
The “MDP Review” process will include a significant public engagement process to provide multiple opportunities for County residents and stakeholders to participate and share their ideas.
The County will be focusing the MDP update around the following key areas:
Throughout the MDP update, the County wants to hear from as many residents, business owners and stakeholders as possible to make sure the new MDP reflects the ideas and desires of those it matters to and impacts the most.
Phase 1: Setting the Stage (COMPLETE)
In Phase 1, we asked County residents to tell us how they wanted to be engaged throughout the MDP review process. Approximately 40 people shared their ideas by either completing an online mapping exercise, calling or texting their ideas to a project phone number. The majority of respondents were in favour of online surveys/maps and public open houses.
Phase 2: Community Visioning (WE ARE HERE)
In Phase 2, Wheatland County hosted a two-part webinar series to discuss key policy sections of the MDP, their intent, and if any changes or amendments should be considered.
We want to hear your thoughts and ideas to ensure the MDP reflects your vision and aspirations.
If you missed them, you can view recordings of each webinar below.
The first online session was held on August 20, 2020 from 7 – 7:30 p.m. and hosted by Amber Link, Reeve of Wheatland County and Matthew Boscariol, General Manager of Community and Development Services. In this session, we discussed agriculture, tourism, historic resources, and the County’s many natural areas.
If you were unable to join us live, please watch the recording of the webinar below, or review the presentation slides.
The online surveys were available until November 30, 2020. The County then compiled all feedback that was received throughout Phase 2 into an Engagement Summary, which is posted on here and shared with Council.
Stay turned for information about future public engagement opportunities throughout the MDP review.
A Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is the primary vision for the County and addresses many topics including: land use planning and development, agricultural and environmental protection, and transportation. An MDP is required for all municipalities. The MDP sets the vision, sustainability principles, goals, and policies for the entire County. It guides and directs many of Council’s major decisions, particularly those that impact land and development. The County must consider all future plans and development applications in relation to their conformity to the policies and vision outlined within the MDP.
We’ve completed a short video explaining what an MDP is and why we’re reviewing it.
The 2013 MDP includes direction for the County to undergo a standard review every five (5) years to ensure that it remains current to the philosophy of Wheatland County. In addition, new provincial legislation and the inclusion of the County within the Calgary Metropolitan Regional Board requires the County to review and update the MDP.
In 2013 the County completed both a Regional Growth Management Strategy (RGMS) and an update to their MDP. The Regional Growth Management Strategy (RGMS) is similar to the MDP, but looks forward 40 years. The RGMS complements the MDP by looking more technically at how and where future growth and development can be accommodated within the County. The RGMS data helps inform the policies of the MDP.
Specifically, the RGMS explores growth, infrastructure, municipal services, economic, and environmental impacts. It examines where and how the County should grow, how growth will affect 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 should be made.
The Calgary Metropolitan Region Board was established in January 2018 and 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 (click to view) and will be addressed within the updated MDP. Statutory plans and major developments within the CMRB area must be approved by the CMRB. Outside of the CMRB area, approvals rest with the County only.