Municipal Development Plan

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).

Municipal Development Plan document


What is a MDP?

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, Council & Administration must ensure that the MDP is followed.

How do I know if the MDP has been amended?

List of Amendments to the MDP since its adoption:

  • Bylaw 2021-05: Amendment to Section 3.4: Local and Planned Development.