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Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP)

What is an IDP?

An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a plan developed jointly by two or more neighbouring municipalities to manage land use and development decision-making for an area of land in close proximity to their shared boundary. The IDP is a statutory plan, required under the Municipal Government Act (MGA). It is meant to facilitate efficient and compatible land development by addressing:

  1. Future land use and the process coordinating the review of future development proposals in the area,
  2. Environmental matters as well as social, physical or economic development matters,
  3. Co-ordination and financing of intermunicipal programs, services, facilities, and infrastructure,
  4. Procedures for conflict resolution and amending or repealing the plan, and
  5. Administrative matters related to the plan.

Who are we creating an IDP with?

The IDP is between the Town and the MD of Fairview.

Where is the IDP Area?

The IDP Area, also known as the Joint Planning Area, is adjacent to the boundary between the MD and the Town. It covers an area of approximately 28.16 km². It is represented by the white background in the map below. Some of the key features and landmarks located in the IDP Area include the Sanitary Lagoon, Cummings Lake, the Peterson Reservoir and the Fairview Municipal Airport.

Why is creating an IDP with the MD important?

Apart from being a mandatory plan required by the Province, the value of creating an IDP with the MD is that the plan will:

  • ensure that physical development occurs along the shared boundaries between the two municipalities in a coherent and orderly manner, mitigating the threat of incompatible land uses and conflicting developments;
  • provide a framework for the Town and the MD to work together on issues such as procedures for land annexation and the provision and management of shared infrastructure, resources and services (e.g., transportation, water supply, parks); and
  • foster greater collaboration between the two municipalities, both at the institutional and community level.

What is the process to develop the IDP?

There are six major stages in the plan preparation process. The key stages are outlined below, including where we are at with each:

Who does it affect?

An IDP affects stakeholders (such as provincial agencies that regulate public infrastructure located within the MD or the Town), landowners whose lands are located within the Plan Area, and anyone interested in developing within the joint planning area. The IDP document will provide landowners, stakeholders and other interested parties with the appropriate land uses and development options for their land based on the policies adopted within the plan. It is important that future development is compatible with existing residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural uses; major transportation routes; and significant environmental features and landscapes

How can I get involved?

There are several opportunities for Fairview residents, stakeholders, landowners, the public and other interested parties to participate in the IDP process. These include:

  • reviewing the newspaper Ad about the IDP in the Fairview Post (June 6 and 13, 2018)
  • completing a short online survey at
  • responding to stakeholder and landowner letters, if you receive one
  • watching out for IDP information in the next newsletter
  • reading and commenting on Facebook posts about the IDP on the Town’s Facebook page at
  • following project updates on this webpage
  • attending a Public Hearing on the draft IDP document when advertised (TBD)
  • asking questions, sending comments and suggestions to any of the contacts provided below

Where can I get more information?

If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions or would like to request further information about the process or content of the IDP, please contact any of the following:

Daryl Greenhill, Chief Administrative Officer at the Town of Fairview [contact]

Elise Willison or Komiete Tetteh, IDP Project Coordinators at Mackenzie Municipal Services Agency, by phone at 780-338-3862 or by email at