The Town of High River recognizes that cooperation between urban and rural municipalities promotes growth and innovation in every sub-region.
Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs) are statutory plans containing broad-based policies that are prepared by two or more neighbouring municipalities. Their main purpose is to ensure that future growth reflects the mutual and individual interests of the municipalities involved. Typically the focus is on the boundary area between rural and urban municipalities.
The Town of High River and the MD of Foothills have recently updated and adopted a new IDP (Adopted in 2012). The IDP covers a transitional area that contains a range of development types. Within the MD of Foothills the land is used primarily for agriculture, but it also supports other uses such as recreational, country residential, and rural industrial. Within the Town of High River, lands which are agricultural, including areas newly annexed as of January 1, 2012, will gradually be converted to urban uses.
The Calgary Metropolitan Region Board consists of representatives from 10 municipalities mandated to develop a long term plan for managed, sustainable growth in the Calgary region.
The Calgary Metropolitan Region Board will be officially established in January 2018, when the new regulation comes into effect.
The Calgary Metropolitan Region Board will be the first provincially-mandated growth management board for the Calgary region.