Statutory Plans / Regulations

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 – Public Hearing for Proposed MDP 

The Town of Olds started a review and update of the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) in 2017. A proposed plan is now before Town Council for their consideration.

Council will host a Public Hearing for Bylaw No. 2020-14, which would adopt the proposed MDP, on January 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Log-in Details for January 25, 2021 Public Hearing.


Why is the Municipal Development Plan important?

The Municipal Development Plan guides and directs future physical growth and development, ensuring that it 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 Municipal Development Plan reflects the kind of community Olds wishes to be in the future and identifies ways to achieve this future. It provides a policy framework for the growth and development of the community over many years. A thirty (30) year period is the time horizon that is typically considered.

Topics covered in a Municipal Development Plan include:

  • Land use patterns showing the locations for major residential, commercial and industrial areas of activity;
  • Major road and pedestrian corridors and networks;
  • Preservation of significant natural features;
  • Open space, park and recreation areas;
  • Design of subdivisions and neighbourhoods;
  • Economic development and locations for employment related needs;
  • Cultural and heritage preservation; and
  • Directions for future growth and expansion.

How can you participate?

You are invited to review the proposed MDP and send in comments prior to January 20, 2021. Comments received will be presented to Council during the Public Hearing on Bylaw No. 2020-14.

You are also invited to participate in the Public Hearing on January 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm and make a short presentation to Council.

Questions, More Information or Comments to Share?

For further information or to share your comments please contact:
Craig Teal, Director, Parkland Community Planning Services
Phone: 403-343-3394

Intermunicipal Development Plan

The Government of Alberta mandates that municipalities with a shared border complete an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP). The Mountain View County and Town of Olds IDP coordinates land use planning and development decisions involving lands close to the Town of Olds.

Mountain View County and Town of Olds Intermunicipal Development Plan 2020 



What is Annexation?
Annexation is the process of transferring land from one municipal jurisdiction (County) to another municipal jurisdiction (Town). This enables the annexing jurisdiction to administer the area and put in place its plans for orderly and logical growth of the area. The Province of Alberta is the approving authority for annexation proposals.
Annexation is mainly about the supply of available land for planned growth. It means planning ahead so that when the landowner is ready to develop and the economic potential emerges subdivision and development applications can be considered for approval in a timely manner. For this reason, the process of annexation takes place many years prior to anticipated development happening in the area being annexed.
Annexation does not change who owns the land. Each landowner prior to annexation continues to own their property after annexation unless they decide to sell the land to someone else.
The Annexation being proposed involves lands on the northeast corner of Olds. The most pressing need for the Town is land for long term commercial and industrial growth. This area is slated for commercial and industrial uses due to its closeness to Highway 2A, Highway 27 and the QE2 Highway.
View the Proposed Annexation Area.

What is the Process?
Landowner Consultations, Public Review and Input, Local Authorities Input – the Town will continue to consult with landowners in the annexation area, local authorities that may be impacted by annexation and will review the public input that is received. This is expected to take place over September to November 2020.
An open house on the IDP and Annexation was held on August 27, 2020. Click to Review the information boards that were presented. 

Annexation Report – the Town will summarize all input and the annexation proposal in a document that will be reviewed by a Town/County Committee. This is expected to take place over December 2020 and January 2021.

Council Acceptance – the Annexation Report will be presented to County Council and Town Council for their acceptance. After that the Annexation Report is sent to the Province as the Town’s formal application.

More Information or Comments to Share?
For further information or to share your comments please contact:
Natasha Wright, Planner, Parkland Community Planning Services
Phone: 403-343-3394

Land Use Bylaw & Zoning

The Town of Olds Land Use Bylaw affects all properties and land uses within the municipality. It sets the standards for lot sizes, building placements, building heights, parking, landscaping, sign placement, fences and sometimes the architectural design of proposed developments.

Zoning is a way to organize a municipality into different districts, each with their own set of uses and standards. Please see the Town of Olds zoning map.

If a parcel of land is not currently zoned for a certain use under the current land use district, a landowner may choose to apply to rezone the parcel to another land use district that may allow the proposed land use of the parcel. Depending on the proposed future use, an area structure plan or an area redevelopment plan amendment may also be required.

The rezoning process entails a Land Use Bylaw (LUB) amendment bylaw and all applications are reviewed by Council.  The process takes 6-8 weeks and requires a Public Hearing in order to provide all interested parties the opportunity to address Council.   The fee for a LUB amendment is $240.

Contact the Planning & Development Department for more information.
Land Use Bylaw Amendment Application 

Area Structure Plans

An Area Structure Plan (ASP) provides a framework for subdivision and development on a given piece of land. Within Olds, ASPs are typically prepared for quarter sections of land to show future uses and the general location of roadways.

ASPs help to ensure development is harmonious 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: