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.

Intermunicipal Development Plan and IDP Update

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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Intermunicipal Development Plan Review and Annexation

Mountain View County and the Town of Olds have been reviewing the current Mountain View County and Town of Olds Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) over the past several months.

The purpose of the review is to update the plan that was adopted in 2006 to:

  • reflect changes in Provincial legislation;
  • account for growth that has occurred and is anticipated; and
  • confirm the relevance of current plan policies.

As part of the IDP Review the Town and County have also evaluated the need to expand the Town boundaries. This resulted in the identification of lands for short term annexation and the creation of a proposal for Annexation by the Town.

The Draft IDP and the proposed Annexation are now ready for public review. This page provides materials and background information for both items.

View the Draft Mountain View County and Town of Olds Intermunicipal Development Plan.

View the proposed Annexation Area

This page will be updated as the IDP Review and Annexation processes progress. Please check back from time to time to see updates and notices about opportunities for your participation.

Contact:    Natasha Wright, Planner, Parkland Community Planning Services
Phone: 403-343-3394


Margaretha Bloem, Director, Planning and Development Services, Mountain View County
Phone: 403-335-3311 ext.166

How can I be involved?

There are several ways for you to participate in the Intermunicipal Development Plan Review and the proposed Annexation. You can:

Attend the open house to view the Draft Intermunicipal Development Plan and Annexation proposal:

Open House Information:

  • Date:    Thursday, August 27, 2020     
  • Time:    Open House runs from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM – please drop in when it fits your schedule    
  • Place:    Olds Royal Canadian Legion, 5241 – 46 Street - please use west entrance
  • Please Note:    Covid-19 pre-cautions and controls will be in place for the safety of all participants.

Review materials on the Town website and submit your comments via email (see contact information at the bottom of this page) or by clicking the comment/feedback link below and filling out the form.

Click here to submit comments/feedback now

  • If you are not able to attend the Open House but would like to provide feedback, please send in your comments by September 4, 2020.

What is the Mountain View County and Town of Olds Intermunicipal Development Plan?

The Mountain View County and Town of Olds Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a plan that is approved by Mountain View County and the Town of Olds for the purpose of coordinating land use and development decisions involving lands close to the Town of Olds. It takes into account the land uses the County may develop close to the Town and the areas in the County identified for future Town growth. Other topics addressed include environmental and economic development matters of common interest, planning for transportation connections, and coordinating the construction of future infrastructure.

The IDP provides processes for ongoing communication and decision making between the Town and County on planning matters. Items addressed include the need for future, more detailed plans, the types of approval applications that will be sent to each other for comment, and processes for amending and future review of the plan. A Committee of Town Council and County Council representatives are assigned responsibility for overseeing the plan. A process to resolve disputes, if needed, is also laid out.

The IDP takes a long term view of growth in the and around the town. This means looking 50-60 years into the future to identify what lands may be needed to accommodate future growth in both the town and the county.   

The Town and County have had an IDP since 2006. Click the link to view the current Intermunicipal Development Plan from 2006.

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.

Click the link to view the proposed Annexation Area

What is the Process?

The Draft Intermunicipal Development Plan and the Annexation are undergoing public review at the same time. Once the Public Review is complete in mid-September 2020, each item will proceed separately.

Intermunicipal Development Plan Process

Public Review and Input – once input has been received it will be reviewed by a Town/County Committee for any needed adjustments to the Draft IDP. This is expected to take place in late September/early October 2020.

First Reading – the proposed IDP will be presented to Town Council and County Council for first reading of an adopting bylaw. This starts the formal adoption process and leads to further opportunity for public input. This is expected to take place in October 2020.

Public Notice and Public Hearing – the proposed IDP will be advertised along with the date and time of a public hearing to be hosted by Town and County Councils. Comments and presentations can be made at the public hearing or submitted in advance. This is expected to take place in November 2020.

Second and Third Reading/Adoption – Town Council and County Council give second and third readings of the bylaw to adopt the proposed IDP and any desired amendments. This is expected to take place in late November/early December 2020.


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.

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


Margaretha Bloem, Director, Planning and Development Services, Mountain View County
Phone: 403-335-3311 ext.166

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: