Statutory Plans

A statutory plan is a legal document/bylaw that must go through three readings and a public hearing before it is adopted by a municipal Council. Once adopted, there is a legal obligation on the part of both the municipality and the residents to adhere to the plan.

Inter-Municipal Development Plan

An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a high-level policy plan created by neighbouring municipalities. The Government of Alberta mandates that municipalities with a shared border complete an IDP.

An IDP is designed to foster cooperation and integrated development near the municipal boundaries so that unnecessary costs and negative impacts for the municipalities are avoided.  The principles and objectives established in the IDP guide the growth of future development by identifying general locations for major land uses and servicing.  In addition to guiding future growth, if there is a disagreement between municipalities on development, IDPs provide a framework for dispute resolution.

IDPs are approved by Council in both municipalities. Planners refer to these documents to make recommendations to Council for managing or changing land use, and to address growth issues in a way that respects the interests of the County and the municipalities they share a border with.

These plans may include:

  • how the two municipalities will work together
  • development of joint lands
  • how to co-ordinate parks, open space, recreation, transportation, water, services, and utilities across boundaries

Town of Olds/Mountain View County Intermunicipal Development Plan

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Municipal Development Plan

The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is a long-term strategic Plan for managing growth in our Town.  The MDP sets the vision on how to accommodate this growth responsibly. The MDP will serve as an important decision-making tool for Mayor & Council, administration, and stakeholders.

Municipal Development Plan Review

The Town of Olds has started a process to review and update the Town of Olds Municipal Development Plan. Town Council, Town Administration, and Parkland Community Planning Services will be collecting public input and selecting approaches that will serve the community well into the future.  

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Land Use Bylaw

A Land Use Bylaw (LUB), is a Town bylaw that identifies a range of regulations that affect properties and land uses within the municipality.  Through a Land Use Bylaw, Planning & Development  regulates items such as lot size, building placement, building height, parking, landscaping, sign placement, fences and sometimes, architectural appearance of proposed developments. 
Town of Olds  Land Use Bylaw 01-23 includes:

  • Regulations for the use and size of lots, and buildings;
  • Land use districts (zones), and the development standards for each, such as building placement, building height, parking requirements, landscaping requirements, etc; and
  • Permitted and discretionary uses for each land use district.

Area Structure Plans

An Area Structure Plan (ASP) is a statutory document which provides a framework for subdivision and development on a given piece of land.  Within Olds, ASPs are typically prepared for quarter sections of land and are used to show future land uses and the general location of roadways throughout that development.  ASPs also work to provide a contiguous land use and infrastructure pattern from one parcel of land to the next.  The plans which have been adopted by Council and are currently in effect for the Town of Olds are shown below:

Area Redevelopment Plans

 Area Redevelopment Plans (ARPs) are prepared to provide a framework for future development in an already developed area of a municipality with policies to achieve a defined vision for the community.  The ARPs which have been adopted by Council and are currently in effect for the Town of Olds are shown below: