Clearwater County Council has reviewed the comments received during stage three “Public Consultation & Input” and has made changes to the document previously presented during that stage. A Draft Municipal Development Plan (MDP) for your review is now available. Overall changes have been made to the existing 2010 MDP and we want to hear from you.
Staff hosted a series of virtual open houses via zoom in January and February to get your feedback, as well as invited comments by email, mail and phone. Those comments are now being reviewed and compiled by staff to present to Council for review and discussion. Council will then decide how to proceed with the process.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR THE MDP REVIEW?
The MDP Review process is intended to assess the current policies and direction of the 2010 MDP to determine what is working as intended and what may need adjustment. This includes examining if the policies still fit the desired direction of the community.
The five broad stages in the review process are:
WHAT STAGE IS THE PROCESS AT?
The MDP Review is currently in the fifth stage of the process – "Public Review & Adoption." The County will be reviewing your input that was provided during the public consultation process in January/February of 2021 over the coming months and look at changes to the Draft MDP. Once this is complete, there will be further public notice and input opportunities.
MDP Review Presentation
Watch a presentation about the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) Review that was featured in the recent series of Virtual Open Houses.
Slides for MDP Virtual Open Houses
A copy of the presentation slides for the Virtual Open Houses is available for download.
WHAT WAS DONE WITH COMMENTS COLLECTED DURING "STAGE 3 - PUBLIC CONSULTATION & INPUT"?
Clearwater County staff collected and compiled all the comments received during the “Public Consultation & Input” stage. Once compiled, the comments were provided to Council for review and discussion. Following that, changes were made to the document, which is what is being presented to you now. You can find a summary of the general themes and thoughts received during the public input here.
WHAT IS A MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (MDP)?
The MDP is a collection of policies that act as an overall "blueprint” for future land use and physical changes in the County. It provides a long-term vision of the type of community that County residents and ratepayers desire. From there, policies on topics such as land use, protecting the natural environment, economic development, infrastructure, and community amenities and services provide direction on how to reach the vision.
The policies of the MDP are used by Council in assessing more detailed plans, such as area structure plans and outline plans, and Land Use Bylaw re-designations to allow development to proceed. They are used by residents to understand what types of land uses may be allowed in various parts of the County. The policies are also binding on decisions for subdivision applications.
WHY IS THE MDP IMPORTANT?
The MDP guides and directs future physical growth and development. It seeks to ensure that growth 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 MDP reflects the kind of community residents wish to see in the future (25 to 30 years from now) and then identifies ways to achieve this future.
Topics covered in the MDP include:
- Preservation of significant environmental features and impacts on the environment;
- Protecting special places and providing recreation opportunities;
- Expectations relating to rural residential development;
- The role and future of hamlets;
- Economic development and the role of various economic sectors;
- Infrastructure such as roads, railways, airports, water and wastewater systems, storm water management, modern telecommunications;
- Services to the community such as health care, education, emergency response, and protective services; and
- Relations with other communities, regions and the Province with respect to land use planning matters.
WHO IS LEADING THE PROCESS?
Clearwater County Council is leading the process with assistance from Clearwater County's Planning & Development department staff and consulting firm, Parkland Community Planning Services.