Proposed Intermunicipal Development Plan - Lamont County

Smoky Lake Count and Lamont County are mutually working towards adopting an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP), which if adopted, would contemplate the future land uses along the shared ~60 kilometer municipal boundary along the North Saskatchewan River.

Review the proposed IDP here
Review the proposed policy area here

Open House & Public Hearing

In addition to an upcoming Public Hearing to be held at the end of February, an Open House also took place on February 3, 2021

We are seeking input and comments from residents on the proposed Bylaw. Please provide feedback on the draft IDP by 12 February 2021 to ensure it is included in a 'what we heard' report to the Councils of both municipalities. Comments or questions may be sent to Kyle Miller via e-mail at k.miller@munplan.ab.ca.

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Background

Over the last year and a half, the Lamont County and Smoky Lake County Intermunicipal Planning Committee has met to provide background information and direction to Municipal Planning Services (MPS), to guide the preparation of a draft Intermunicipal Development (IDP). The draft IDP affects lands within approximately 1.0 mile on either side of the North Saskatchewan River within both counties.

The committee structure provides a focused and collaborative forum for the municipalities to have their interests represented fairly and efficiently during the drafting of the IDP.

The project was initiated by Smoky Lake County and Lamont County in 2019 after the Municipal Government Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. M-26, (MGA) was amended to require all municipalities in Alberta with common boundaries, that are not members of a growth region to adopt an IDP. In late 2019, the MGA was further amended to make IDPs optional between municipalities if the affected municipalities agreed that an IDP is not necessary. When this amendment came into effect, the participating municipalities passed a motion indicating that it was their position that an IDP for the lands along the North Saskatchewan River would provide benefit to both municipalities. As a result, the municipalities are subject to s. 631(1) of the and an IDP is required to be adopted by the participating municipalities by April 1, 2021.

Land use, demographic and environmental data was collected and presented to the Committee to inform the goals, objectives and polices included in the draft Plan.

Over the past year the committee has met to discuss the project objectives, goals, and options for a plan area boundary. Consensus was achieved regarding the plan purpose, principles, and the plan area boundary. The Plan Area generally consists of all lands within approximately 1.6 km (1.0 mile) from the North Saskatchewan River, and includes the Victoria District National Historic Site of Canada, a nationally recognized historic location.

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Contact

Smoky Lake County
Jordan Ruegg or Kyle Schole
Planning & Development Services
p: 780-656-3730
e: jruegg@smokylakecounty.ab.ca /
kschole@smokylakecounty.ab.ca

Lamont County
Victoria Rigler or Tina Cosby
Planning & Development
p: 780-895-2233
e: victoria.r@lamontcounty.ca /
tina.c@lamontcounty.ca
 
Municipal Planning Services (MPS)

Jane Duaphinee, Principal & Sr. Planner
j.dauphinee@munplan.ab.ca 

Kyle Miller, Planner
k.miller@munplan.ab.ca
780-486-1991