Municipal Development Plan Review

Project Background 

The County of Newell has engaged ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. (ISL) to develop a new Municipal Development Plan (MDP) to provide strategic direction to guide future growth and development within the County. The MDP forecasts population growth, directs future land use, and anticipates future transportation and servicing needs within the County. 

Why a new MDP?

A new MDP will provide an updated vision for the County on how to accommodate local growth and will serve as an important decision-making tool for Council, County Administration, and stakeholders. The new MDP will also help residents and landowners better understand the County’s long-term plan for the region and how their land may be used now and, in the future, and ensure that growth and land-development decisions meet the needs of the community.

This comprehensive review and update will ensure that the MDP properly frames future growth and development to the County’s vision. The desired outcome is a document that is easy to follow and implement while being mindful of changing conditions. 

Project Timeline

The development process for the new MDP will take approximately nine months, with the project aiming for completion by February 2023.

Where Are We Now?

The MDP update is in its Start-Up Phase, where a background and best practices review is being undertaken internally; meetings with Council and the Technical Committee are conducted; and engagement with the community is done to receive feedback from residents and stakeholders. 

Public Consultation

Throughout the process of preparing the new MDP, residents and stakeholders will be provided with opportunities to share their input on MDP content through various engagement methods, including an initial online survey launched in the fall.

Contact Information 

For any questions, comments, or additional information about this project, please contact: 

Zacharie Forest 
Municipal Intern – Planning
County of Newell
(T) 403-794-2314