Municipal Development Plan Review

Open Houses

The County is hosting open houses for the Draft MDP as an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to provide feedback on Council’s new roadmap for growth and development in the region. The Draft Plan has been informed by previous public engagement, best practices research, and input from administration and Council. 

The in person open house is being held at the County Office between 3:00 and 7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 13th, 2022. Members of the County’s planning and development department will be present to answer questions. The virtual Open House will go live on Monday, December 12th, 2022 for community feedback. Visit to have your say.

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 Drafting Phase, where the drafting of Principles, Goals, and the Framework is being undertaken; additional meetings with Council and the Technical Committee are being conducted; a draft version of the MDP Policies and Mapping is being created; and public engagement through an in-person and virtual open house is being organized.

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