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 2018)

Complete the IDP Issues and Opportunities Survey, online or pick-up a paper copy at either the County or Town Offices, to help inform IDP policies.

IDP Future Land Use Concept Workshop (November 2018)

Date: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Legion Hall, 4721 51 Avenue, High Prairie

Register for the Future Land Use Concept Workshop and engage with a variety of community stakeholders, over a provided lunch, in brainstorming exercises. Participants will help identify potential land use concepts within the IDP area. This event is free.


Drop-in Open House #1 (November 2018)

Date: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: Legion Hall, 4721 51 Avenue, High Prairie

Attend the Drop-in Open House #1 to ask our project team questions regarding the IDP project, review background information panels, identify issues and opportunities, provide project input/feedback, and view work produced by the participants of the Future Land Use Concept Workshop.

Drop-in Open House #2 (March 2019)

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