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. This project will ensure compliance with recent updates to the Municipal Government Act (MGA) which requires municipalities to have an IDP with neighbouring municipalities.

    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 Brazeau County or the Town of Drayton Valley.

     

    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 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 0.4 kilometers to 1.2 kilometers into Brazeau County from the intermunicipal border, except to the east where it extends to the top of the North Saskatchewan River valley. The Plan Area extends 0.1 kilometre into the Town of Drayton Valley from the intermunicipal border. The map below shows the Plan Area in blue.

    Public Consultation

    A public open house was held on February 27, 2020 followed by a Public Hearing held on April 7, 2020. Both events allowed stakeholders to review and comment on the proposed IDP. As input was received through consultation, a summary of comments was compiled and provided to Council. The input received through consultation and discussions between the municipalities did result in changes being incorporated into the draft IDP document.

     

    An updated Information Brochure has been prepared to highlight the following information:

    • What is an IDP?
    • Updates to the draft IDP
    • Plan Area
    • Short highlights related to Land Use Policies, Transportation, Environmental Policies and Economic and Social Development
    • Information regarding the difference between Plan Area and Referral Area

    A copy of the Information Brochure can be found here.

     

    The next step in public consultation is a Public Hearing, which is scheduled for September 21, 2021.

     

    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 September 21, 2021 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.

    You are encouraged to review the IDP and provide any comments in writing to the Senior Long Range Planner, which will be presented to Council for consideration. Any response received by September 13, 2021 will be included in the report to Council, any responses received after that date will be presented at the Public Hearing.

     

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

     

    Contact

    For more information, please contact:

    Kathleen Sterling, Senior Long Range Planner at 780-542-7777 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 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 .