The Town of Okotoks (Town) and Foothills County (County) have a long history of collaboration in land use planning and service delivery. As members of the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB), the Town and County are required to work together to conduct a Context Study for Joint Planning Area 3 (JPA3) under the provisions of the CMRB Growth Plan (effective as of August 2022). The joint study is required to be completed by August 2025. Both municipalities approved the terms of reference as a guiding document for the Context Study process in January 2023. The context study will address the coordination of land use and servicing for the JPA3 which comprises land in both the Town and County.
The area shown in the image below illustrates the current boundaries of JPA3 in red. This area was identified as one of the CMRB Growth Plan’s Preferred Growth Areas. It encompasses approximately 5252.5 ha (12,979 acres) of land, 4610.4 ha (11,392 acres) within the County and 642.1 ha (1587 acres) within the Town. The area extends from the northern boundary of Okotoks along Highway 2 and 2A to south of the hamlet of Aldersyde. It is anticipated that through the process of completing the Context Study, the boundaries of the study area may be refined.