The Government of Alberta mandates that all municipalities with common boundaries must, by spring 2021, adopt intermunicipal development plans (IDPs) and intermunicipal collaboration frameworks (ICFs).
The purpose of these plans is to collaboratively plan and support sustainable development and service delivery to residents of Alberta municipalities.
What is an ICF?
An intermunicipal collaboration framework (ICF) is a tool to facilitate cooperation between neighbouring municipalities to ensure municipal services are provided to residents efficiently and cost effectively.
ICFs reinforce existing collaborations and formalizes a process for municipalities to work together.
Five specific service areas; transportation, water and wastewater, solid waste, emergency services and recreation must be included in an ICF, plus any other deemed of benefit to the municipalities involved. ICFs must also contain an agreed to dispute resolution process to manage disputes that arise regarding the delivery and cost sharing of services after the ICF has been adopted. All municipalities party to the ICF must also have an intermunicipal development plan (IDP) that is compliant with the new MGA requirements.
What is an IDP?
An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a collaborative land use planning process for identified lands of mutual interest between two or more municipalities.
IDPs ensure that desired long-term growth and development looking beyond 20 years is not compromised by land use and development decisions made today or by future municipal councils. It also provides assurance to residents that live within the Plan area of future development plans. Both municipalities must agree to the policy direction put forward in the IDP and both municipalities must abide by the IDP. The IDP includes a dispute resolution process for disagreements on whether proposed land use and development proposals are consistent with the agreed to policies in the IDP.
The summer villages of Itaska Beach, Sundance Beach, Golden Days and Leduc County are undertaking a comprehensive planning project to establish a long-term vision for the lands along the boundaries between the county and the summer villages. This area includes a variety of agricultural uses and residential subdivisions located approximately between the edge of each Summer Village and Highway 616, although the exact boundary is yet to be finalized. The vision for this area will be captured in a statutory bylaw called an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP), which is a new requirement for all municipalities in Alberta.
At the same time, an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) is being prepared that identify the ways that the municipalities share services, both now, and in the future. The ICF includes a focus on both hard and soft services like infrastructure, community facilities, waste management and emergency services.
The summer villages and Leduc County have retained a team led by GSA Consulting Inc. in partnership with Nichols Applied Management (NAM) to undertake the creation of the IDP and ICF.
Phase 1 of the project began in the summer of 2018. The work to date has consisted of a background review, site tour, interviews with municipal staff and analysis of the area. The project is planned to be completed in June 2019 when the ICF and IDP will be submitted to their respective municipal councils for approval.
A collaborative initiative is being undertaken by Leduc County and the towns of Calmar and Thorsby and the Village of Warburg to respond to new provincial requirements to prepare Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs) and Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs).
An ICF and IDP will be prepared between Leduc County and the Town of Calmar, between Leduc County and the Town of Thorsby and between Leduc County and the Village of Warburg.
Each set of plans will outline future use of lands adjacent to each town and the village boundaries and review the municipal services provided to ratepayers.
Stantec Consulting has been hired to prepare the IDPs and ICFs which will reflect each of the communities’ aspirations, support sustainable service provision and create a roadmap to guide the future growth and development of these communities over the next 20 years.
The ICFs and IDPs will be developed with input from stakeholders, and the community.