Sunday , 26 September 2021

City seeks feedback on plans for long-term growth

The City has completed a pair of draft long-range planning documents which set a clear path for how Cold Lake and the surrounding area in the Municipal District of Bonnyville will grow and develop in the future.

The proposed statutory documents are now ready for public review and feedback, before being formally adopted.

The Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a coordinated land-use policy agreement between the City of Cold Lake and the M.D. of Bonnyville. The IDP lays out a framework for managing the use and development of lands within the M.D. beside the boundaries of the City.

“Our current IDP with the M.D. of Bonnyville was adopted back in 2009 and a lot has changed over these past 12 years,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “We’re encouraged that we were able to draft a plan which takes into account land recently annexed by the City and better reflects our new and emerging priorities.”

Since 2019, the City and M.D., in consultation with ISL Engineering and Land Services Inc., have been conducting technical reviews of risks and opportunities, gathering input from the respective administrations and councils, and consulting with affected landowners.

Additionally, the City of Cold Lake has completed a draft Municipal Development Plan (MDP) to update the current MDP. The existing plan was adopted in 2009.

The MDP is a long-range planning document that sets out how and where future development and growth should occur within the city’s limits.

It takes into account the City’s economic, social and environmental goals and provides policy direction for land use, infrastructure, community facilities/services and environmental protection and sustainability.

Along with addressing new requirements under the Municipal Government Act and identifying issues and opportunities for future development, the updated MDP provides a framework for growth in Cold Lake over the next 50 years (2020 to 2070) and an increase in population from approximately 15,000 currently, to 40,000.

“Any new development will have to complement both the MDP and IDP, once they are adopted,” said Copeland.

“We completed the first phase of public consultation for the updated Municipal Development Plan back in the summer and fall of 2019. We took what we learned and used it to further develop the draft plan. Now we’re ready to show it to our residents once again and make sure we’re headed in the right direction.”

The City, along with consulting firm ISL Engineering and Land Services, Inc. will be conducting a virtual presentation and Q & A session about the proposed MDP on Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

To register for the online session, or to view the draft IDP and MDP documents, related informational videos and to take a survey on the proposed plans, visit https://coldlake.com/content/mdp-and-idp-public-engagement.

In-person community engagement sessions to gather public feedback on both the IDP and MDP are tentatively planned for later this year and will be dependent upon the COVID-19 situation and public gathering restrictions in place at that time.

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