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Fall Update: Rural Multi-Jurisdictional Intermunicipal Development Plan in development with neighbouring municipalities

Post Date:11/29/2018 2:23 PM

An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a planning document that provides land use policy direction at the boundaries shared by two or more municipalities. They typically address constraints and opportunities at these shared borders, especially in relation to transportation, recreation, and the environment. To meet the requirements of the Municipal Government Act, all municipalities must adopt Intermunicipal Development Plans with their neighbours.

Lac La Biche County has been working with neighbouring municipalities on a Rural Multi-Jurisdictional Intermunicipal Development Plan to meet the Municipal Government Act's requirements, and to encourage more collaboration with one another. The partner municipalities working with Lac La Biche County include:

  • the County of St. Paul
  • the County of Two Hills
  • the County of Vermilion River
  • the Municipal District of Bonnyville
  • Smoky Lake County

Lac La Biche County also completed two IDPs with the MD of Bonnyville and the County of St. Paul. An exemption was granted by the Government of Alberta, and an IDP between Lac La Biche County and Smoky Lake County will not be required.

Early in 2019, Council will consider first reading of bylaws for the adoption of all of these joint planning documents. In order for these plans to become law, both participating municipalities' councils must adopt similar bylaws. You may see ads in local newspapers advertising public hearings for these bylaws from the MD of Bonnyville and County of St. Paul. These are part of their legislative requirements prior to considering approval of the proposed IDP bylaws. Lac La Biche County will do the same early in 2019.

Watch for updates and copies of the proposed IDPs to be posted on the County website in mid-January 2019.