Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas on the draft MDP! Your input is appreciated and the feedback received from all phases, along with technical analysis and Council direction, will help us further refine and shape the next draft of the Municipal Development Plan. The following snapshot and report provide a summary of public participation in Phase 3, from April to July 2019. Please click the buttons to review. To review the draft MDP, please see the tab below called MDP Draft Plan.
Municipal Development Plan Update
MDP Draft Plan
After 18 months of work and community and stakeholder engagement, the Town of Okotoks has prepared a new Municipal Development Plan (MDP). “Okotoks 2080” will guide future growth and development as the town’s population grows from nearly 30,000 today to an anticipated 70,000-90,000 people by 2080. The Plan takes a bold new step in Okotoks’ journey towards sustainability, resilience, health and prosperity. It includes six goals describing the future of the community, principles that define Okotoks’ planning approach and a set of objectives and policies to guide developer’s proposals and the Town’s decisions on land use and development. This includes growth management, housing, neighbourhood design, transportation, parks and open space, employment lands, and environmental protection. To view the draft MDP, click the button below:
To see the plan snapshot, click the button below:
The MDP is one of the Town’s most essential strategic plans and is used by Council and staff to make decisions about land use, infrastructure investment, and community service priorities. The MDP will guide future planning decisions like:
- Where should new development go and what form will it take?
- How can we create more local jobs?
- What does sustainability mean for Okotoks, and how can we encourage innovation that is also practical and realistic?
- How can we conserve our natural areas and water resources as growth and development occur?
- What types of housing do existing and future residents need, and how we can encourage more affordable housing?
- How can we make it easy for everyone to get around Okotoks?
- How can we reduce our emissions and energy use and plan for climate change?
- How can we create quality places that reflect Okotoks’ identity and are safe and welcoming for people of all ages and abilities?
For additional information on key topics, check out the following references and key issue papers. These topics will be explored throughout the process and we will ask for your thoughts.
Key Issue Papers
In Phase 1, the process began with a fun, interactive public event and questionnaire to ask about priorities and big ideas for the future.
Over the past several months, community members and stakeholders were invited to share their ideas and priorities for the future through various public participation activities. To learn what we heard, please click the buttons below. Thank you for participating!
In Phase 2 of the public participation for the MDP Update project, community members and stakeholder groups were invited to share their feedback on key policy options through public workshops, interactive MDPizza Party workbooks, and workshops in Okotoks schools. To learn what we heard, please click the buttons below. Thank you for participating!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas on the draft MDP! Your input is appreciated and the feedback received from all phases, along with technical analysis and Council direction, will help us further refine and shape the next draft of the Municipal Development Plan. The following snapshot and report provide a summary of public participation in Phase 3, from April to July 2019. Please click the buttons to review.
Why are we updating the MDP?
There has been a significant shift in community dynamics since the MDP was last updated. Until recently, growth and development has been limited by the land base and supply of fresh water. However, in 2012, with increasing pressure in the region, Okotoks switched from a finite growth approach to a “managed growth” approach (after three years of community consultation).
To support the managed growth approach, Okotoks annexed (absorbed) additional lands north and south of the current Town boundary and is working on securing additional water supply. This will help to accommodate expected growth over the next 60 years, or to a population of 86,000 (from our current population of nearly 29,000).
The new MDP will ensure this growth happens in a sustainable way that maintains a high quality of life for current and future residents. There are also many new studies, trends, and best practices that need to be included in the MDP.
How do other plans relate to the MDP?
The MDP is influenced by the Calgary Region Growth Strategy and Intermunicipal Development Plan, which set the overall vision for the livability of the region and prioritizes goals for the shared boundary between Okotoks and the Municipal District of Foothills.
In the Town of Okotoks, the MDP is the highest-level strategic plan and other Town plans, strategies, and policies must support the vision and policies in the MDP.
Town invites public input to guide Okotoks’ future growth
Residents are invited to participate in one of two Town workshops to provide input and feedback on proposed policies that will shape Okotoks’ future growth.
“These interactive workshops are a significant opportunity for community members to help shape how Okotoks can grow in a responsible and sustainable way,” said Michael MacIntyre, Development Services Director. “We will be examining key policies for the Municipal Development Plan, which is the foundational framework the Town uses to address long-term community development and land use. Council and administration are eager to hear what residents have to say.”
The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) directs key decisions about land use, infrastructure investment, and community service priorities. Residents’ feedback will be incorporated into policy changes within the MDP. The updated plan is expected to be finalized in fall 2019.
The workshops will be held Thursday, January 31 from 6-9 p.m. or Saturday, February 2 from 9 a.m.- noon at Pason Centennial Arena.
Six key issue areas will be addressed in the workshops: water, neighbourhood design, housing options, sustainable transportation, parks and natural areas, and climate action.
These workshops represent the second phase of the MDP update, which focuses on formulating early policy ideas. In Phase 1, which concluded in June 2018, the Town asked the community to identify priorities for the future and explore big ideas for the MDP. A public workshop on Jobs and Economy was held in October.
To register for the workshops by January 29 and for project information and updates, please visit www.okotoks.ca/MDP.
Town and Chamber host jobs and economy workshop
The Town of Okotoks, in partnership with the Okotoks and District Chamber of Commerce, invites residents, business owners, and community groups to a breakfast workshop on jobs and local economy. The workshop will be held October 17 from 7:30 – 10:00 am at Foothills Centennial Centre.
Information gathered during the workshop will help to inform the Municipal Development Plan (MDP), which will guide how Okotoks grows and develops over the next 50 to 60 years.
“Resident feedback is an essential part in creating a plan that best reflects the community’s vision. It will help guide how Okotoks Town Council makes important decisions on critical matters such as future growth, community services, diversified housing, water infrastructure, business development, local jobs and much more,” said Michael MacIntyre, Development Services Director.
This workshop begins the second phase of the public participation in developing a new MDP. In Phase 1, the community was asked about their priorities for the future and explored some big ideas on topics such as the economy, housing, transportation, parks, infrastructure, and sustainability. In Phase 2, residents will be asked to further explore policy options and trade-offs.
The MDP will guide planning decisions for jobs and local economy by considering:
- Where should new development go and what form will it take?
- How can more local jobs be created?
- How can land use policies be developed to better support existing and attract new businesses?
- How can sustainable innovation be encouraged so that it is practical and realistic?
- How can a high quality of life be supported to both attract and retain employees as well as meet consumer demand to support our local economy?
For more information and to RSVP for the workshop by October 15, please visit www.okotoks.ca/MDP.
Resident input needed for Municipal Development Plan
Okotoks residents are invited to share their thoughts on how the community should progress as the Town of Okotoks gets set to update the Municipal Development Plan (MPD). By having a robust public participation process, the plan will reflect the aspirations and concerns of community members.
“The MDP is the foundational framework the Town uses to address long-term community development, land use, and growth in a responsible and sustainable way. The feedback we receive from the community will help set the vision, principles and goals of the plan,” said Michael MacIntyre, Development Services Director.
Resident feedback is an essential part in creating a plan that best reflects the community’s vision for the future. It will help guide how the Town makes important decisions on growth in the annexed lands, affordable housing, local jobs, transportation, water infrastructure, watershed management and ecosystem values, business development, active transportation, parks and open spaces, community services and more.
To share your vision for Okotoks’ future, residents are encouraged to attend the first interactive MDP information session on Saturday, May 12 from 10:00am-2:00pm at the Foothills Centennial Centre. An online survey will also be available from May 7-20 at www.okotoks.ca/MDP.