Bearspaw Area Structure Plan Review


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Currently, we are in Phase 2 of this project, which will focus on confirming the community priorities determined in Phase 1 and exploring potential directions for the future of Bearspaw.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Phase 2 engagement opportunities which included an Open House, a series of Coffee Chats, and an online questionnaire. The Engagement Summary Report is now available, along with some Frequently Asked Questions.

Watch for upcoming opportunities to provide feedback on potential land use scenarios and servicing options.

Like Rocky View County residents, County staff are adapting to the challenges of COVID-19 as they emerge. The County is continuing to make progress on the Bearspaw Area Structure Plan and other policy documents. Your patience is appreciated as adjustments are made to ensure that services to County residents continue to be provided. Future in-person engagement opportunities may be limited with an increased reliance on email, online, and letter-based methods.

Please refer to for the most up to date information on the County’s overall response to COVID-19.

Previous Items

Fall-Winter 2019 (Phase 2)

Summer 2019 (Phase 1)


Rocky View County is currently reviewing plans for the Bearspaw area. The current area structure plan was adopted in 1994.

The Bearspaw Area Structure Plan is approximately 25,000 acres in size. The boundaries extend to the town of Cochrane to the east, to the city of Calgary to the west, to the north of the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and Big Hill Creek, Township Road 264 and Township Road 262 form the northern boundary.

Since the original Bearspaw Area Structure Plan was adopted, several municipal documents have been approved, including the County Plan, Glenbow Ranch Area Structure Plan, and the County Servicing Standards. In addition, the Interim Growth Plan and the Interim Regional Evaluation Framework (IREF) were adopted by the province. The purpose of this project is to create a comprehensive land use strategy that is current, effective, consistent with other statutory plans, and reflective of residents’ vision for the future of Bearspaw.

Project Timeline

The Plan will be prepared in four phases over the next year:

Phase 1 Project Initiation and Background Analysis March to June 2019
Phase 2 Community Consultation Spring/Summer 2021
Phase 3 Plan Writing & Draft Area Structure Plan Release Fall 2021
Phase 4 Area Structure Plan (Public Hearing) Winter 2021

Related Information

The Bearspaw Area Structure Plan Review will align with other statutory plans, policies, and studies that have been adopted since the original Area Structure Plan was completed in 1994.

Please visit the links below to review these related documents:

Get Involved

There are several ways to get involved in this project.

  • Contact us at or 403.230.1401 for questions, updates or further information.
  • Fill in the form below and we will send you regular email updates.
  • Follow the project on this webpage. We will post updates and upcoming events.


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Planning Policy

County Plans Overview

Check out the County Plans Overview (PDF) for a quick look at the different types of planning documents used in the County and how they interact.