Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks and Intermunicipal Development Plans

Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF)

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 to residents in an efficient and cost effective manner. 

Brazeau County has approved an ICF with the following municipalities:

  • Clearwater County
  • Leduc County
  • Parkland County
  • Village of Breton
  • Wetaskiwin County
  • Yellowhead County

 

Brazeau County is currently working to finalize an ICF with the following municipalities:

  • Town of Drayton Valley

 

Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP)

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.

 

Brazeau County has approved an IDP with the following municipalities:

  • Parkland County
  • Village of Breton
  • Wetaskiwin County

 

On January 1, 2020 there was a change to the Municipal Government Act, which provided municipalities the ability to determine if an IDP was required with a neighbouring municipality. Prior to January 1, 2020 the Minister of Municipal Affairs was able to grant an exemption, based on the municipalities’ request, if the Minister felt an IDP was not required between neighbouring municipalities.

Brazeau County has received an exemption from the Minister of Municipal Affairs or determined an IDP is not required with the following municipalities:

  • Clearwater County (Ministerial exemption)
  • Leduc County (Council resolution that an IDP is not required)
  • Yellowhead County (Ministerial exemption)

Brazeau County is currently working on finalizing an IDP with the following municipalities:

  • Town of Drayton Valley (updating the current IDP adopted in 2012 and revised in 2017)

 

  • Brazeau County and the Town of Drayton Valley have an existing Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) in place, and this project’s purpose is to update that IDP and identify opportunities for efficient delivery of intermunicipal services and development.

    An IDP is not annexation and does not change any municipal boundaries. There is an existing agreement between the 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.

     

    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.

    A copy of the updated draft IDP can be found here.

     

    IDP Area

    The Plan Area extends 0.8 kilometers to 2.4 kilometers (½ mile to 1½ miles) into the County from the current Town boundary, except to the east where it extends to the top of the North Saskatchewan River valley. The Plan Area extends into the Town 0.1 kilometre from the shared boundary. The map below shows the Plan Area in blue.

     

    Public Consultation

    A public open house was held on February 27, 2020 to allow stakeholders to review and comment on the proposed IDP. A summary of the questions and feedback received at the public open house was presented to Council for consideration.

    A public hearing was held on April 7, 2020 to provide County landowners and residents the opportunity to provide their thoughts on the IDP changes.

    Council is currently considering the feedback from stakeholders received through the public open house, consultation discussions and the public hearing.

    A copy of the updated draft IDP can be found here.

     

    Questions?

    For more information, please contact:

    Kathleen Sterling, Senior Long Range Planner at 780-542-2667 or 

     

  • 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.

    Questions?

    Contact Kathleen Sterling, Senior Long Range Planning Officer at 780-542-2667 or


  • Brazeau County adopted the Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) between Brazeau County and the Village of Breton on April 7, 2020. The IDP plan area includes the entire parcel located, wholly or partially, within the Plan Area buffer. The Plan Area buffer is the land located within 100 metres on either side of our shared border, as shown in the map below.

    The IDP policies support the continued work of both municipalities to provide a strategic approach to intermunicipal land use planning within the plan area.

    A copy of the Brazeau County and the Village of Breton IDP can be found here.

    Questions?

    Contact Kathleen Sterling, Senior Long Range Planner at 780-542-2667 or 

     

     

    Brazeau County Council will hold a Public Hearing for the proposed adoption of the IDP, at which time 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 February 18, 2020 at 10:00 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 (ICF). 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.

     

    Questions?

    Contact Kathleen Sterling, Senior Long Range Planner at 780-542-2667 or

     

  • Brazeau County adopted the Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) between Brazeau County and the County of Wetaskiwin No. 10 on January 21, 2020. The IDP plan area is one quarter section, or 800 metres, on either side of the intermunicipal boundary 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 within the plan area.

    A copy of the Brazeau County and the County of Wetaskiwin No. 10 IDP can be found here.

    Questions?

    Contact Kathleen Sterling, Senior Long Range Planner at 780-542-2667 or .