Municipal Development Plan (MDP)
Each municipality in Alberta must pass a MDP, this is a recent change implemented in 2021 by the province. A MDP is a statutory planning document under the Part 17 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA).
The MDP must address the following:
- the future land use within the municipality,
- the manner of and the proposals for future development in the municipality,
- the co-ordination of land use, future growth patterns, and other infrastructure with adjacent municipalities if there is no IDP (Intermunicipal Development Plan),
- the provision of required transportation systems either generally or specifically within the municipality and in relation to adjacent municipalities, and
- the provision of municipal services and facilities either generally or specifically.
The MDP may address the following:
- proposals for the financing and programming of municipal infrastructure,
- the coordination of municipal programs relating to the physical, social, economic development of the municipality,
- environmental matters within the municipality,
- the financial resources of the municipality,
- the economic development of the municipality, and
- any other matter relating to the physical, social, or economic development of the municipality.
As new proposals are received for planning & development processes, staff must ensure that the MDP is followed.