New Municipal Development Plan


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On September 13, 2022, Administration presented an update report to Council. Upon consideration, Council directed that:

  • The County Plan Amendments Comprehensive Review Terms of Reference, approved by Council on January 22, 2019, be rescinded.
  • Administration prepare a new Terms of Reference and budget adjustment for a comprehensive review of the County’s Municipal Development Plan (County Plan) for presentation to Council no later than December 13, 2022.

    The Terms of Reference shall include sections to guide:
    • The project vision and goals;
    • The project manager and project team;
    • A project schedule and phasing;
    • Stakeholder and community engagement;
    • The project deliverables;
    • Alignment with higher order statutory plans, including existing Intermunicipal Development Plans and the Calgary Metropolitan Region Growth Plan; and
    • Appropriate use of previous work completed, and stakeholder feedback received, in preparing the draft Municipal Development Plan Bylaw C-8090-2020.

Further updates on the project, public engagement opportunities, and next steps will be posted when available.

Meeting minutes and video of the proceedings are available on the Meetings & Hearings webpage.

Previous Items

On July 23, 2021, the Municipal Development Plan was presented to the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB) for consideration. The Plan was rejected by the Board, despite a CMRB Administration recommendation of approval and a third-party review which found them compliant with the Interim Growth Plan. Meeting minutes and video of the proceedings are available on the CMRB Board & Committee webpage.

On December 14, 2021, Administration presented an update report to Council. Upon consideration, Council directed that:

  • Further consideration of Bylaw C-8090-2020 be tabled until Council has determined its strategic direction on growth within the County, and until a decision has been rendered by the Minister of Municipal Affairs on approval of the draft Regional Growth Plan.
  • Administration present a report to Council no later than two months following a decision by the Minister on the Regional Growth Plan. The report shall principally assess the impacts of the Minister’s decision on the development of the Municipal Development Plan.

Meeting minutes and video of the proceedings are available on the Meetings & Hearings webpage.

On March 9, 2021 Council voted to give second reading to the proposed Municipal Development Plan (MDP) (Bylaw C-8090-2020).

At the same meeting, Council also gave direction to refer the MDP to the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB) for approval.

Prior to second reading, recent Council milestones on the project included:

  • First reading of the Bylaw on October 6, 2020
  • Public Hearing on February 16, 2021
  • Consideration of amendments to MDP Bylaw on March 8, 2021
  • On June 2, 2021, CMRB Administration recommended approval of the Municipal Development Plan after a third-party review deemed them consistent with the Interim Growth Plan.
  • On June 25, 2021, CMRB Administration posted challenges to the recommendations of approval by the City of Airdrie, City of Calgary, Town of Cochrane, and Town of Okotoks.
  • The Plan was defeated at the July 23, 2021 Calgary Metropolitan Region Board meeting.

Recordings and reports relating to these meetings are available on the Council agenda webpages.

Copies of the second reading draft are set out below. The first copy is a red-lined version showing all the amendments from first reading (red text) and following the public hearing (blue text).

The second copy consolidates all of the amendments approved by Council, and is the version that was submitted to the CMRB for approval.


What is a Municipal Development Plan?

The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) outlines the vision for Rocky View County’s future from a planning and development perspective, and helps guide how and where the County will grow. The County is currently in the process of replacing the existing Municipal Development Plan, called the County Plan. The new Municipal Development Plan will be developed with input from residents throughout the County to ensure it reflects local opportunities and challenges.

Why is it important?

Rocky View County will likely grow by at least 15,000 people in the next 20 years. The Municipal Development Plan sets the vision for how to accommodate this growth responsibly and will serve as an important decision-making tool for Council, County Administration, and stakeholders. The Municipal Development Plan will help all residents and landowners understand how their land may be used now and in the future, and ensure that growth meets the needs of the community.

What is the difference between a Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and an Area Structure Plan (ASP)?

The Rocky View County Municipal Development Plan (MDP) guides overall growth and development for the entire County, whereas an Area Structure Plan (ASP) provides a detailed framework for the development of a specific community. An ASP falls within the MDP’s county-wide boundary and must align with the MDP’s established policy framework. There is one MDP to guide Rocky View County, and there are 20 currently approved ASPs operating within the County.

Project Timeline

The Municipal Development Plan will be prepared in five stages, of which we are currently in Stage 5.

Stage 1 Vision & Principles August – September 2019
Stage 2 Growth Strategies November – December 2019
Stage 3 Draft Plan May – June 2020
Stage 4 Public Hearing and Council Second Reading February – March 2021
Stage 5 Calgary Metropolitan Region Board Review April – July 2021


Stay Informed

There are several ways to stay informed about this project.

  • Contact Dominic Kazmierczak at or 403.230.1401 for questions, updates or further information.
  • Fill in the form below to receive project updates and learn about opportunities to participate.
  • 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.