Introduction


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:


  • A Municipal Development Plan for the Village of Caroline; and


  • An Intermunicipal Development Plan for the Village and surrounding lands in the County.


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                     

participation.


What does this mean to you?

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.



How can you be involved?

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:


  • Review materials on the Village or County website and submit comments


  • Attend future open houses once draft plans are available for review (expected in January 2019)and offer your feedback; or


  • Attend the public hearings hosted by Village and County Councils before adopting the plans


This list of opportunities will be updated as the project progresses. Please check back for updates and exact dates and times.




Materials and Resources for Review

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


                Display Boards – Text – from August 29 and August 30 Open Houses


                Display Boards – Maps – from August 29 and August 30 Open Houses


                Clearwater County and Village of Caroline Visioning Session Report




What is the Overall Process to Create the Plans?


The major steps and target dates for the Village of Caroline Municipal Development Plan and the Caroline-Clearwater Intermunicipal Development Plan are:


  • Phase 1: Project Start-Up and Background Information – complete at end of July 2018 


  • Phase 2: Public Input and Vision Setting – expected to be complete by end of September 2018


  • Phase 3: Writing the Draft Plan – expected to be complete by end of December 2018


  • Phase 4: Public Review of Draft Plan – expected to occur in January and February 2019


  • Phase 5: Plan Adoption – expected to be complete by May 2019



Village of Caroline Municipal Development Plan – More Detail


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:


  • Land use patterns showing the locations for major existing and future residential, commercial and industrial areas of activity;


  • Major road and pedestrian corridors and networks;


  • Preservation of significant natural features;


  • Open space, park and recreation areas;


  • Design of subdivisions and neighbourhoods;


  • Economic development and locations for employment-related needs;


  • Cultural and heritage preservation; and


  • Directions for future growth and expansion.



Caroline – Clearwater Intermunicipal Development Plan – More Detail


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:


  • Land use patterns showing the locations for major existing and future residential, commercial and industrial areas of activity;


  • Major existing and future road and pedestrian corridors and networks;


  • Preservation of significant natural features;


  • Coordination of municipal infrastructure related to water, wastewater and storm drainage;


  • Coordination of economic development efforts;


  • Sharing of facilities and services;


  • Processes for ongoing communication and resolution of issues that may arise; and


  • Future changes in municipal boundaries.



Want More Information or To Share Comments?


For more information or to provide comments, please contact:


         Craig Teal, RPP MCIP, Parkland Community Planning Services (PCPS)

         Email: craig.teal@pcps.ab.ca

         Phone: 403-343-3394


or


         Natasha Wright, Parkland Community Planning Services (PCPS)

         Email: natasha.wright@pcps.ab.ca

         Phone: 403-343-3394

  


403-722-3781

  Municipal and Intermunicipal Development Plans