Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs) & Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs)

The Government of Alberta has mandated that all municipalities with common boundaries must, by spring 2020, approve intermunicipal development plans (IDPs) and intermunicipal collaboration frameworks (ICFs).
The purpose of these plans is to collaboratively plan and support sustainable development and service delivery to residents of Alberta municipalities.

Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs)Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs)

What is an IDP?

An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a planning document created by neighbouring municipalities to foster cooperation and integrated development near the municipal boundaries. The policies within the IDP guide future growth and development by identifying general locations for major land uses and servicing. The document also creates a referral zone and a framework for dispute resolution. The Special Areas Board is developing an Intermunicipal Development Plan document collaboratively with each adjacent municipality. Once finalized, this document is then approved by the Council (via Ministerial Order for the Special Areas Board).

Planners will use the IDP document to make recommendations related to managing land-use in the defined area, and to address growth issues in a way which respects the interests of both municipalities.

Intermunicipal Development Plans

Under Development

– Town of Drumheller
– Town of Hanna
– Town of Oyen
– Village of Consort
– Village of Cereal
– Village of Veteran
– Village of Empress
– Village of Youngstown v
– County of Newell
– County of Paintearth No. 18
– County of Stettler No. 6
– M.D. of Acadia No. 34
– M.D. of Provost No. 52
– Cypress County
– Starland County
– Wheatland County

First Reading

No IDPs have currently had first reading

Public Hearing

No IDPs are currently scheduled for public hearing

Second Reading

No IDPs have currently had second reading

Third Reading (Ministerial Order)

No IDPs have had a Ministerial Order issued.

What is an ICF?

An intermunicipal collaboration framework (ICF) is a tool to facilitate cooperation between neighbouring municipalities to ensure municipal services are provided to residents efficiently and cost effectively.

Frameworks are intended to:

  • provide for integrated and strategic planning, delivery and funding of intermunicipal services
  • allocate scarce resources efficiently in the providing local services
  • ensure municipalities contribute funding to services that benefit their residents

Municipal councils adopt their framework by passing matching bylaws (via Ministerial Order for the Special Areas Board) that:

  • list services currently provided by each municipality; services being shared on an intermunicipal basis by the municipalities; and services provided by third parties
  • identify how each of these services would be best delivered
  • outline how intermunicipal services will be delivered and funded.

Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks must address the following services:

  • transportation
  • water and wastewater
  • solid waste
  • emergency services
  • recreation, and
  • any other services that benefit residents in more than one of the municipalities that are parties to the framework

For each service, the ICF must:

  • list the services currently provided by each municipality
  • list the services being shared on an intermunicipal basis by the municipalities
  • list the services provided by third parties
  • identify how each of these services would be best delivered
  • outline how intermunicipal services will be delivered and funded

The ICF must also include:

  • a time frame for implementing intermunicipal services
  • an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) unless municipalities have separately adopted one
  • provisions for a binding dispute resolution process to resolve implementation disputes

The ICF may contain:

  • details required to implement intermunicipal services
  • provisions for developing infrastructure for common benefit

Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks


Under Development

– Town of Drumheller
– Town of Hanna
– Town of Oyen
– Village of Consort
– Village of Cereal
– Village of Veteran
– Village of Empress
– Village of Youngstown v
– County of Newell
– County of Paintearth No. 18
– County of Stettler No. 6
– M.D. of Acadia No. 34
– M.D. of Provost No. 52
– Cypress County
– Starland County
– Wheatland County

First Reading

No ICFs have currently had first reading

Second Reading

No ICFs have currently had second reading

Third Reading (Ministerial Order)

No ICFs have had a Ministerial Order issued.