Regional planning in the MD of Foothills had not been at the forefront since the dissolution of the Calgary Regional Planning Commission by the Province in 1995. However the focus on regional planning has re-emerged with the Provincial Land Use Framework and the initiation of the Calgary Metropolitan Plan and subsequently the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan.
To view a copy of the Provincial Land Use Framework click here.
Calgary Metropolitan Plan
The Calgary Metropolitan Plan (CMP) was produced over the course of more than three years by the member municipalities of the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP). The plan was approved by the June 19, 2009 General Assembly of the CRP, but the Rural members chose to opt out. The Municipal District of Foothills, along with Wheatland County and Rocky View County eventually opted to leave the CRP over concerns with development densities and voting structure. Meanwhile, the urban members of the CRP are proceeding with the implementation phase of the plan and the Province is undertaking a cross-ministry review of the plan.
The Calgary Metropolitan Plan can be viewed on the Calgary Regional Partnership Website by clicking here.
South Saskatchewan Regional Plan
The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) was approved on July 23, 2014, and became effective on September 1, 2014. Like the other regional plans. According to the Government of Alberta:
"The SSRP establishes a long-term vision for the South Saskatchewan Region and aligns provincial policies at the regional level to balance Alberta's economic, environmental and social goals. The regional plan also includes strategies for responsible energy development, sustainable farming and ranching, forest management, and nature-based tourism."
"This regional plan makes a clear statement about our long-term commitment to conservation, protection of watersheds, sustainaing biodiversity and sensitive habitats, and to the continued growth and prosperity of southern Alberta."
According to Section 20 of the Alberta Land Stewardship Act, local government bodies affected by a regional plan must review their regulatory instruments and determine if they are in conformance with the regional plan. They must then make any changes required to bring those instruments into compliance and file a statutory declaration with the secretariat that they have completed the review and are in compliance.
The time frame for this to be done is set out in the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan. According to the SSRP the review and the compliance declaration must be completed by September 1, 2019.
The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan can be found on the Alberta Provincial Website by clicking here.