Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks and Intermunicipal Development Plans
All municipalities with common boundaries must, by spring 2020, adopt Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs) and Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs).
What is an IDP?
An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a high-level policy plan created by neighbouring municipalities. 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.
What is an ICF?
An Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) highlights and formalizes existing collaborative work between adjacent municipalities and provides a forum to work together. The primary goal of ICFs is ensuring neighbouring municipalities work together regarding service delivery and cost-sharing.
Brazeau County will develop IDPs and ICFs with the following municipalities:
- Town of Drayton Valley
- Village of Breton
- Parkland County
- Leduc County
- Wetaskiwin County
- Clearwater County
- Yellowhead County
Currently, Brazeau County and the Village of Breton do not have an IDP in place. Brazeau County and the Village of Breton have agreed to engage in an IDP for lands located within 100 metres of our shared border, as shown in the map below.
A public open house will be held on January 20, 2020 at the Breton Golden Age Friendship Centre (5020 – 50 Avenue) to allow stakeholders to review and comment on the proposed IDP and ICF. As we receive input, a summary of the comments received will be compiled.
A copy of the draft IDP can be found here.
A copy of the draft ICF can be found here.
These draft documents were presented to Council for initial review and comment on December 17, 2019. Brazeau County and the Village of Breton are now looking for your feedback on these documents. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.
Currently, Brazeau County and the County of Wetaskiwin No. 10 do not have an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) in place. Brazeau County and the County of Wetaskiwin No. 10 have been working together to create an IDP that supports the continued work of both Counties to provide a strategic approach to intermunicipal land use planning.
A public open house was held on September 9, 2019 to allow stakeholders to review and comment on the proposed IDP. As we received input through consultation, a summary of comments received was compiled and changes were incorporated into the IDP document.
One of these changes made to the IDP was a reduction in the Plan Area from a 1.6 kilometre buffer on either side of the intermunicipal boundary to an 800 metre buffer on either side of the intermunicipal boundary. There have been a few additional changes made to the document, if you would like more information about the changes, please contact Kathleen Sterling.
Brazeau County Council will hold a Public Hearing for the proposed adoption of the IDP at which any person claiming to be affected by the proposed IDP may ask questions or make their views known. The Public Hearing will be held on January 21, 2021 at 10:15 am or as soon thereafter as possible in the Council Chambers of Brazeau County office at 7401 Township Road 494, Drayton Valley, Alberta.
A copy of the updated draft IDP can be found here.
In addition to the Intermunicipal Development Plan, the Municipal Government Act requires all neighbouring municipalities to have an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework. An ICF is a tool to facilitate cooperation between neighbouring municipalities in order to ensure municipal services are provided to residents efficiently.
A copy of the draft ICF can be found here.
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.
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
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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BrazeauDraytonIDP
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.
For more information, please contact:
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Drayton Valley
Chief Administrative Officer
The Municipal Government Act requires all neighbouring municipalities to have an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF). An ICF is a tool to facilitate cooperation between neighbouring municipalities in order to ensure municipal services are provided to residents in an efficient and cost effective manner. Brazeau County adopted the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework between Brazeau County and Clearwater County on November 19, 2019.
A copy of the ICF can be found here.
Brazeau County adopted the Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) between Brazeau County and Parkland County on July 17, 2018. The IDP area is one quarter section from the Brazeau County and Parkland County boundary lines, or from the top of bank of the North Saskatchewan River, as shown in the map below.
The IDP policies support the continued work of both Counties to provide a strategic approach to intermunicipal land use planning and service delivery within the plan area.
A copy of the Brazeau County and Parkland County IDP can be found here.