County of Grande Prairie and Town of Wembley IDP

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The County of Grande Prairie, in partnership with the Town of Wembley is preparing an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) between the two municipalities. The project began in 2018, was put on hold in 2019 to focus on the completion of other plans, and then resumed in 2022.

An IDP is a long-term and strategic plan between two or more municipalities. The IDP’s purpose is to provide a coordinated and collaborative framework respecting land use, servicing and transportation on lands adjacent to the boundaries of the respective municipalities. The entire area for this plan is approximately 7,700 ha. with the areas identified for potential future town growth being 529.4 ha based on a 50-year rapid growth scenario.

Once complete, the IDP will address growth opportunities and other development-related matters of joint interest between the County and Town of Wembley.

Is any land being annexed?

No. IDPs are long-term land use and servicing plans that outline how both municipalities will address the future growth needs of these communities. While IDPs include a framework for potential annexation, including identifying possible areas for annexation, the actual annexation process requires landowner involvement and many other steps before proceeding.

What is annexation?

Annexation involves negotiations between municipal governments, public engagement, a formal review and recommendation by the Municipal Government Board and a final decision by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The process can take several months to several years to complete.

Does the IDP affect existing land use?

No. Current land use and development rights will remain in place with the IDP. For example, an agricultural operation will be able to continue and to add structures and accessory uses the same as before the IDP. The IDP will affect the process if someone is applying to change the use of the land through rezoning.

More questions?

How Do I Get Involved?

If you have questions, concerns, or feedback about the proposed draft IDP, please contact the County of Grande Prairie Planning & Development Department at 780-513-3950 or through email at planyourcounty@countygp.ab.ca


The County of Grande Prairie, in partnership with the Town of Wembley is preparing an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) between the two municipalities. The project began in 2018, was put on hold in 2019 to focus on the completion of other plans, and then resumed in 2022.

An IDP is a long-term and strategic plan between two or more municipalities. The IDP’s purpose is to provide a coordinated and collaborative framework respecting land use, servicing and transportation on lands adjacent to the boundaries of the respective municipalities. The entire area for this plan is approximately 7,700 ha. with the areas identified for potential future town growth being 529.4 ha based on a 50-year rapid growth scenario.

Once complete, the IDP will address growth opportunities and other development-related matters of joint interest between the County and Town of Wembley.

Is any land being annexed?

No. IDPs are long-term land use and servicing plans that outline how both municipalities will address the future growth needs of these communities. While IDPs include a framework for potential annexation, including identifying possible areas for annexation, the actual annexation process requires landowner involvement and many other steps before proceeding.

What is annexation?

Annexation involves negotiations between municipal governments, public engagement, a formal review and recommendation by the Municipal Government Board and a final decision by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The process can take several months to several years to complete.

Does the IDP affect existing land use?

No. Current land use and development rights will remain in place with the IDP. For example, an agricultural operation will be able to continue and to add structures and accessory uses the same as before the IDP. The IDP will affect the process if someone is applying to change the use of the land through rezoning.

More questions?

How Do I Get Involved?

If you have questions, concerns, or feedback about the proposed draft IDP, please contact the County of Grande Prairie Planning & Development Department at 780-513-3950 or through email at planyourcounty@countygp.ab.ca


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Page last updated: 09 Jan 2024, 02:23 PM