An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a statutory plan that establishes the planning policies applicable to an area of common interest agreed upon by the councils of municipalities that have common boundaries. Except for municipalities within a growth region (e.g. Capital Region, Calgary Metropolitan Region), adoption of IDPs is required under the Municipal Government Act. By April 1, 2020, an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF), which addresses services, must also be adopted between neighbouring municipalities for the IDP to be considered complete.
The M.D. of Taber has adopted IDPs with all of its rural and urban neighbours. These plans foster ongoing collaboration and cooperation regarding planning matters and issues of mutual interest and establish and address land use expectations within the agreed upon intermunicipal development plan area (Plan Area). Each IDP serves as a planning tool providing guidance to decision-makers through the agreed upon planning policies that apply to the land within the Plan Area. The IDPs contains policy that is to be used as a framework for working cooperatively, communicating and making decisions in each municipality. However, each municipality is ultimately responsible for making decisions within their own municipal jurisdiction.
The following IDPs and ICFs have been adopted by the M.D. of Taber and its municipal neighbours: