Brazeau County and Town of Drayton Valley Intermunicipal Development Plan

What is an IDP?

An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a high-level policy plan created by neighbouring municipalities. The Government of Alberta mandates that municipalities with a shared border complete an IDP.

An IDP is designed to foster cooperation and integrated development near the municipal boundaries so that unnecessary costs and negative impacts for the municipalities are avoided. The principles and objectives established in the IDP guide the growth of future development by identifying general locations for major land uses and servicing. In addition to guiding future growth, if there is a disagreement between municipalities on development, IDPs provide a framework for dispute resolution.

Brazeau County and the Town of Drayton Valley have an existing IDP in place, and this project’s purpose is to update that IDP and identify opportunities for efficient delivery of intermunicipal services and development. This project will ensure compliance with recent updates to the Municipal Government Act (MGA) which require that all municipalities have IDPs with neighbouring municipalities.

An IDP is not annexation and does not change any municipal boundaries. There is an existing agreement between Town of Drayton Valley and Brazeau County where no annexation will happen until:

  • the Town’s population is 19,362, or
  • January 1st, 2061.

As a point of reference, the Town’s population as of the 2016 Federal Census is 7,235.

An IDP also does not rezone land within either the Town of Drayton Valley or Brazeau County.

The current IDP can be viewed here.

IDP Area

The existing IDP consists of lands within both the Town of Drayton Valley and Brazeau County along the municipal boundary. The map below shows the IDP area, and part of this project will be to refine the specific IDP boundaries as needed.

Why are we updating the IDP?

Brazeau County and the Town of Drayton Valley have an existing IDP that was completed in 2012. The Government of Alberta has recently updated the MGA with a strong focus on intermunicipal planning. To accommodate these changes, this project will evaluate what worked and what did not work in the 2012 IDP, explore what services can be shared, and determine how and where we should grow.


IDP Project Goals

  • Create an updated IDP that meets the new MGA requirements
  • Provide clarity for future land uses and growth
  • Understand and plan for intermunicipal service provision
  • Offer a clear process for intermunicipal dispute resolution


Opportunity for Community Input


Engagement Workshops

A big thank you to all those who were able to attend the stakeholder and public engagement workshops on March 26th and 27th, 2018.  These events collected valuable input about the IDP area, future development potential, and how we can share services.


If you were unable to attend the engagement workshops, you can still provide your thoughts and input through our online survey. This survey will be open until April 13th, 2018 here:

What We Heard

Upon the closing of the online survey, the responses we received in person and online will be documented in a What We Heard Report. That report will be posted to the municipalities’ websites.


Project Timeline



For more information, please contact:

Brazeau County

Jessica Karpo

Long Range Planning Officer

P: 780-542-7777



Town of Drayton Valley

Sonya Wrigglesworth

A/Director of Engineering and Development

P: 780-514-2945