The Village of Caroline and Clearwater County are working together to prepare plans for the long-term future of the Caroline and Area community. These plans will set the desired path for future development in and around Caroline. The two plans being created are:
The area being planned is shown in the attached study area drawing (click here).
A Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is the conceptual blueprint for a community. It describes the desired future and the steps that will be taken to get there.
An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a policy plan agreed upon between two municipalities to coordinate their land use planning, infrastructure planning, and service delivery decisions.
More information about the role of the two plans is provided below. This page will be updated as the project progresses. Please check back from time to time to see updates and notices about opportunities for your
The two plans will help shape the future of the Caroline and Area community. The MDP will describe how the village is expected to grow and change over the next 30 years. This includes new residential areas and new commercial and industrial development.
The IDP will describe how the lands around the village will be used over the next several decades. It will also include ways the Village and County can work together to accomplish the desired future for the area.
If you are resident of Caroline or a resident of the County, these plans will influence the location of future services, activities and amenities that you may use occasionally or in your day to day routine.
The process to prepare the plans includes opportunities for public participation. Interested persons and groups are welcome to provide information, suggestions, and comments and critique of draft plans and ideas.
There are several ways for you to participate. Please take advantage of the following opportunities:
This list of opportunities will be updated as the project progresses. Please check back for updates and exact dates and times.
Information and materials from earlier steps in the process can be viewed in this section (links to documents will be added as we go for things like display boards for past open houses, etc)
Copies of the background information reports are available for viewing here:
Village of Caroline Municipal Development Plan Background Report
Caroline-Clearwater Intermunicipal Development Plan Background Report
The major steps and target dates for the Village of Caroline Municipal Development Plan and the Caroline-Clearwater Intermunicipal Development Plan are:
The Municipal Development Plan guides and directs future physical growth and development. It seeks to ensure that it is orderly, economical and beneficial while balancing the environmental, social and economic needs and desires of the community. It is visionary, strategic and long-term in its outlook and application.
The Municipal Development Plan should reflect the kind of community residents wish to see in the future and identify ways to achieve this future. It provides a policy framework for development and planning decisions far into the future. A thirty (30) year period is the planning or time horizon typically considered.
Topics usually covered in a Municipal Development Plan include:
The Intermunicipal Development Plan guides the land use planning decisions of the Village and County to reach a mutually desired future for the area. It seeks to establish a clear understanding of each municipality’s long-term planning interests and ways to build upon the positive and mutually beneficial relationship between the County and the Village. The IDP promotes common purpose and fosters certainty for landowners and the municipalities through a clear policy framework and ongoing dialogue.
Similar to the MDP, the Intermunicipal Development Plan should reflect the type of community that area residents wish to see develop over the next several years.
Topics usually covered in an Intermunicipal Development Plan include:
For more information or to provide comments, please contact:
Craig Teal, RPP MCIP, Parkland Community Planning Services (PCPS)
Natasha Wright, Parkland Community Planning Services (PCPS)
Municipal and Intermunicipal Development Plans