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Planning Services prepares and maintains policy plans to guide the future development of the town. These plans are adopted by Town Council. Some of these plans are statutory, which means they are adopted by bylaw and must be complied with, while others are non-statutory and are used more informally to guide future growth and development. All proposed amendments to statutory or non-statutory plans require a pre-application meeting with Planning staff. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Inter Municipal Development Plan (Adopted 2012) - This plan was jointly adopted by the M.D. of Foothills and the Town of High River and relates to land roughly within one mile of the town boundary as it existed in 2012. The Plan is an expression of mutual interest in the area and sets out generalized land uses and a process for consultation on proposals for lands within the identified area as well as lands in town adjacent to the town's boundaries.
High River Town Plan (Amended January 28, 2013)
This document consists of two parts. Part one consists of the High River Town Plan (amended January 28, 2013). This is the Town’s “Municipal Development Plan” and prescribes the Town’s long term strategic policies for future development. It sets out future land uses, major infrastructure needs, and municipal services together with policies dealing with the environmental, social, cultural, and economic health of the community. Part two consists of the Town’s Growth Management Strategy (adopted on September 24, 2012), which provides a comprehensive framework for how the newly annexed lands and undeveloped lands within the town will be developed in the future.
Land Use Bylaw (Amended May 2016)
This document is one of Council's key planning tools for guiding and controlling development in the town. It sets out how land use and development is managed. The Land Use Bylaw, or LUB, has two components: a document that gives details of the various land use designations, their permitted and discretionary uses, requirements that must be met, and application processes, as well as a Land Use Map that identifies the land use district for every parcel of land within town boundaries.
These plans are prepared for large new areas in town, and outline future uses, major infrastructure requirements, including transportation networks, anticipated population densities and phasing of development. Other considerations may be included, depending on the nature of the specific area. The following Area Structure Plans have been adopted:
North West Area Structure Plan (August 1986) - This Plan relates to the north west sector of town, generally located north and west of the Highwood River. It should be noted that this plan was consolidated in 1999 to clearly identify those lands remaining within the NWASP boundaries, as distinct from those properties which were to be encompassed within the Vista Mirage/Highwood Village ASP, which was adopted in 2000.
Hampton Hills Area Structure Plan (April 2007) - This plan relates to an area east of the Little Bow Canal, north of 2nd Avenue SE, and west of 20 Street SE.
South High River Area Structure Plan (May 2006) - This plan relates to an area south of 12 Avenue, east of 72 Street E and west of 10 Street SE.
Spitzee Crossing Area Structure Plan (September 2013, revised October 2016)
This plan relates to approximately 280 ha (690 acres) of land in the north and northwest areas of High River which was annexed as of January 2012.
Vista Mirage-Highwood Village Area Structure Plan (May 2000) - This plan relates to the westerly portion of the area originally encompassed within the Northwest Area Structure Plan.
These plans relate to existing built-up areas of the town and outline changes proposed in the community in terms of land uses, physical improvements and infrastructure upgrades. The following Area Redevelopment Plans have been adopted.
High River Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (February 2015) - The Downtown ARP is a roadmap for future growth over the next 30 years. It includes the physical design, potential uses and programming for the downtown area in the short, medium and long term. It also includes policies that will help the Town, developers, businesses and residents establish the downtown as a welcoming and vibrant place.
Little Bow Park Area Redevelopment Plan (July 1984) - This plan relates to an area between Centre Street and 3rd Street SE and between 3rd and 12th Avenue SE.
These plans may take a variety of forms, including Concept Plans and Neighbourhood Outline Plans.
Area Concept Plans
These plans look at a smaller area than an Area Structure Plan and can get into more detail. Because the plans are not statutory they can be less prescriptive and can adapt to changing circumstances more easily. The following Area Concept Plans have been adopted:
• Recreation, Parks & Culture Master Plan
• Infrastructure Master Plan
• George Lane Park Review - Final Report
• Ellis Area Concept Plan
• Charles Clark Park
• North Eagleview Area Concept Plan (August 2006)
• The Gateway Project: Eastern Community of the Town of High River
Master Plans and Studies
Vital Signs is a community checkup conducted by community foundations across Canada that measures the vitality of our communities and identifies significant trends in a range of areas critical to quality of life.
The Town of High River's Administration begins the budget process between August and October for the following year. The Town of High River’s fiscal year runs from January through December. The budget is then presented to Council for their input and feedback. Once the budget is established it is approved by Council before the end of the current year. Using the proposed budget Council then sets the mill rate that is used by the Tax and Assessment department in order to raise the funds to support the budget.
For earlier financial statements, contact Financial Services at 403.652.2110
The focus of the Town’s activity since the June 2013 flood has been on flood mitigation and safety, people, reconstruction, economy, financial stability, and municipal services. This document describes Council’s action plan for 2014-2015.
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