More than 200 residents attended a ‘town hall’ meeting hosted by Mayor Larry Spilak. The objective was to provide an update on the status of various municipal initiatives and to provide us with the facts.
The first topic discussed was related to the progress of the Inter-municipal Development Plan (IDP). Several Open Houses have been held and various community associations have provided input. The IDP is being negotiated with Calgary to define an area that might be annexed in the next 20+ years. In the meantime, growth in the negotiated area would continue to be the responsibility of the MD although there could be some affected parcels.
The area that has been identified as the growth corridor lies west of MacLeod Trail, south from HWY 552. It includes DeWinton and extends west for a total of 14 Sections. This area had been one of the four options identified in previous sessions and can be found in the IDP documentation at the MD website.
This area was deemed to make sense as it would provide a logical corridor for Okotoks to grow north and Calgary to grow south. At this time, there are no other areas under consideration in the IDP process.
The second item on the agenda was the Calgary Regional Plan status. This planning group was started in 1999 but the MD opted out of the group due to the structure and the veto power of the City, Other MDs did the same. Through a mediation process, the issues were resolved, but the MD has not rejoined the group. The MD is pleased with the current status of the plan.
Lastly, there was information about pending Municipal Act changes and the creation of Area Management Boards, going back to a style from the ‘90’s. The MD does not favour this and with Wildrose MLA Wayne Anderson in attendance, the message was given to him to take to Edmonton. This Board is scheduled for implementation in 2017.
There were many questions and the group was quite engaged. As far as other land use requests in the queue, Larry stated that the MD has no applications from Walton Group or Ribstone.
A session is currently planned for March 2nd to provide further updates on the final IDP document, before it is sent for approval to both the City and MD councils. Detailed maps and information can be found on the MD website.
We’ll keep everyone posted as things progress.
The FRFRD Operations Team