Big Lakes County and the Town of High Prairie have initiated a project to undertake the development of an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) between the two communities. This project is driven in part by new legislation within the Municipal Government Act that requires IDPs to be developed between all neighbouring municipalities. Funding for this project is provided through the Alberta Community Partnership Grant from Alberta Municipal Affairs. In addition, this planning process provides an opportunity for collaboration on matters important to both the County and Town including service provision, land use, environmental protection, and future development patterns.

Objectives of the IDP are:

  • Comply with all IDP requirements identified by the Act;
  • Engage with community members and stakeholders in all parts of the project;
  • Identify options for service provision between the County and Town; and
  • Identify future land uses for the IDP area and establish regulations for intermunicipal referrals.

What is an Intermunicipal Development Plan?

An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a broad-based policy document that is created by neighbouring municipalities. The Government of Alberta through the new modernized Municipal Government Act has mandated municipalities with a shared border to jointly complete an IDP. The IDP will focus on a limited area surrounding the urban municipality and will address growth issues in a way that will respect the interests of both the County and the municipalities with which they share a border.


  • Phase 1

    Project Initiation

    Sep – Mid Oct 2018
  • Phase 2

    Research, Review & Survey

    Mid Oct – Dec 2018
  • Phase 3

    IDP Preparation

    Jan – Mar 2019
  • Phase 4


    Apr – May 2019


Details of upcoming consultation initiatives and events will be updated over the course of the project. Please check back periodically for specific updates.

IDP Issues and Opportunities Survey (November - December 2018)

An IDP Issues and Opportunities survey was active from the beginning of November till the end of December 2018. The survey asked questions regarding issues and opportunities within the intermunicipal fringe area. Questions were structured to obtain background information and identify issues and opportunities related to land use/development, transportation, servicing, and environment/open space. The survey was available for completion online via Survey Monkey and paper copies were available at the County and Town offices.

IDP Future Land Use Concept Workshop (November 2018)

A Future Land Use Concept Workshop was held on November 27, 2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the High Prairie Legion Hall. The purpose of the workshop was to involve a variety of community stakeholders in interactive brainstorming exercises related to the development of the IDP. Exercises involved identifying key questions and concerns regarding the IDP project, identifying issues and opportunities within the IDP area, and developing potential future land use concepts within the IDP boundary.

Drop-in Open House #1 (November 2018)

A drop-in public open house was held on November 27, 2018 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the High Prairie Legion. The purpose of the open house was to provide IDP project background information to the public and answer IDP related questions. Project team members, from both the municipal and consulting sides, were present to answer questions. A series of project background information panels as well as work produced in the earlier future land use concept workshop were on display. Participants were able to comment on these panels through conversation and the use of post-it notes. A ‘sticky wall’ was setup where participants could share their questions/concerns regarding the project and their vision for the IDP area. Feedback forms were also provided for participants to complete.

Drop-in Open House #2 (March 2019)

On March 7, 2019 a drop-in public open house was held at the Elks Hall. The purpose of the open house was to provide information regarding IDP Draft1. Project background information and draft IDP policies were presented on display panels for review and comment. Project team members, from both the municipal and consulting sides, were present to answer questions.

Joint Public Hearing (May 2019)


For more information about this project please contact:


Pat Olansky

Director of Planning & Development
Big Lakes County
Tel: 780-523-5955


Marion Glodde

Development Clerk
Town of High Prairie
Tel: 780-523-3388


Dnyanesh Deshpande

Green Space Alliance Consulting Inc.
Tel: 780-409-1763