Intermunicipal Interface Policy

The approval process for the Calgary-Chestermere Interface Intermunicipal Development Plan has now begun. The final draft of The Plan is available here for review:

Calgary-Chestermere Interface Intermunicipal Development Plan

City of Calgary website

Contacts

Karl Mielke, Project Lead
The City of Chestermere
403.207.7075 x7066
kmielke@chestermere.ca

Lisette Burga Ghersi, Project Lead
The City of Calgary
403.268.1268
Lisette.BurgaGhersi@calgary.ca

  1. Project Background
  2. Project Timeline
  3. Previous Information Sessions

Project Background

The proposed Calgary— Chestermere Interface Intermunicipal Development Plan is now available. The draft plan was revised after feedback was received from various stakeholders, and the revised proposed plan is moving forward through the approval process. The project team thanks you for your interest, comments and the suggestions that have been shared with us through the various stakeholder sessions and as well as the draft circulation process.

Chestermere Council gave the proposed Calgary—Chestermere Interface Intermunicipal Development Plan first reading on 21 January 2020. Chestermere Council’s first reading was mainly to confirm the public hearing date at Chestermere. The proposed plan was scheduled to be before Calgary’s SCP on Planning and Urban Development (PUD) on 2020 February 5; however, due to lack of quorum, Calgary Council cancelled the February 5 PUD meeting. 

Public Hearing

Public hearings for the proposed plan were held on February 24, 2020 in Calgary and March 3, 2020 in Chestermere.

Calgary Metropolitan Region Board

Following the public hearing and First Reading in Calgary, and the public hearing and Second Reading in Chestermere, The Plan was submitted to the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB) for review under the Interim Regional Evaluation Framework (IREF). No objections were raised by CMRB member municipalities during the IREF review, and The Plan received CMRB approval on May 19, 2020.

Final Readings and Plan Adoption

The Plan will be presented for Second and Third Readings at the regular meeting of Council in Calgary on June 15, 2020. The Plan will then be presented at the regular meeting of Council in Chestermere on June 16, 2020 for Third Reading. Once The Plan is given Third reading by both Councils, the approval process will be complete and the Calgary-Chestermere Interface Intermunicipal Development Plan will become a statutory document. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The City of Chestermere and The City of Calgary are exploring opportunities to create a vibrant and unique urban interface along Range Road 284, which is a shared boundary. 

In September 2014, the Intermunicipal Committee (IMC), an organizational body that includes representatives from The City of Calgary and The City of Chestermere who meet to address matters of mutual interest, directed staff from both municipalities to complete a set of guidelines for development in the interface area.

As outlined in yellow, the interface area is located along Range Road 284 between the Trans-Canada Highway to the north and the future alignment of Peigan Trail to the south.

New IDP Map

In 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was completed for the interface area to capture several potential tools that could be used to shape an emerging vision for the area. 

The IMC further directed staff to explore how the MOU could be embedded or referenced for the Local Area Plans currently existing in The City of Calgary and The City of Chestermere that fall within the interface area: the Belvedere Area Structure Plan and the Waterbridge Master Area Structure Plan.

The City of Calgary and The City of Chestermere will jointly prepare an Intermunicipal Interface Policy for the interface area.

The policy will include specific policies relevant to the focus area (areas adjacent to Range Road 284) as well as to transition areas. 

The policy is expected to align with and reference existing municipal policies and the MOU. Additionally, the policy must be adopted by both councils in order to come into effect.

The goals of the policy are:

  • Embed new interface policy in applicable Local Area Plans for both municipalities to ensure:

                    future land uses along the interface area are compatible and complement each other;

                    continuous transportation and pedestrian networks that serve land use activities located along the interface area; and

                    protection of any significant natural areas and wildlife corridors.

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to explore opportunities for creating a well-connected, high quality, attractive, pedestrian-friendly, comfortable, safe and functional municipal interface area.
  • Identify and manage stakeholders’ expectations.

  • Facilitate the inclusion of sustainable principles and features along the interface area.

  • Identify a protocol for planning applications along the interface area. Identify Range Road 284 classification and road section.