Municipal Development Plan Update Project

The Town of Okotoks is updating the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and we need your help!  This important plan will guide Okotoks' growth and development long-term and identify how to achieve our community vision.  In order to complete this complex task, we require information from all Town departments and, of course, from you, our residents.  Thank you for your input, we truly appreciate your participation in this essential project!

What is a Municipal Development Plan (MDP)?
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?

​What is the Project Timing?
The Town is asking residents, business owners, stakeholders and community groups to weigh in on how community strengths can be built upon while planning for the future.  In each phase there will be opportunities for you to learn more, attend an event, and provide feedback.

  • In Phase 1, the process began with a fun, interactive public event and questionnaire to ask about priorities and big ideas for the future.  
  • Now in Phase 2, we will more public participation opportunities in 2019!
  • In Phase 3, all the feedback received to date will be used to develop a draft of the updated MDP and will be brought  back to the community to make sure we are on the right track before it is presented to Council for approval.
More Information
Phase 2 Public Participation Opportunities

Get Involved!

Stay tuned for details about more public participation opportunities to share your ideas in early 2019.  Thank you for participating!

Phase 2 Local Jobs & Economy Workshop Highlights & Summary

Please click the button below to review the highlights and summary of the Town/Chamber MDP local economy and jobs workshop.  Watch for more phase 2 public participation opportunities coming soon!

Local Jobs and Economy Workshop Snapshot

Local Jobs and Economy Workshop Summary

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Planning

Phase 1 Public Engagement Summary

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!

PHASE 1 ENGAGEMENT SNAPSHOT

PHASE 1 ENGAGEMENT SUMMARY REPORT

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What are the Key Issues?

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

Introduction

Community Resilience

Housing Choice Affordability

Local Economy & Jobs

Neighbourhood Design

Parks & Natural Areas

Placemaking & Identity

Sustainable Transportation

Water Infrastructure

MDP Update News Releases

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.