Municipal Development Plan Update Project | The Town of Okotoks

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, the Town requires 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?
The Municipal Development (MDP) is the Town’s most essential  strategic plan 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?
We are just beginning the process. Over the next year the Town will be 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 begins with a fun, interactive public event and questionnaire. Join us as we explore early ideas for Okotoks’ future!
  • In Phase 2, specific topics will be explored and key options and trade-offs will be discussed. Take part in a workshop or share your thoughts online.
  • 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 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 Release

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.

Contact Information

If you have need more information, have a question or want to provide input, please submit by clicking the button below.  

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