Planning and research is critical to the efficient growth and development of our City. Here are many of the documents, plans, studies and reports that guide Council and administration in the decisions they make and understanding the impact of those decisions on the community and its future.
The Alberta Municipal Government Act is the Provincial legislation that empowers municipalities to govern the development of lands within their boundaries. The MGA outlines requirements for all statutory plans and processes related to planning in the city.
The AirdrieONE Plan (pdf) describes the community’s vision for a sustainable future and proposes goals, objectives, targets and strategies to achieve that vision. The plan provides objectives and strategies for developing on-the-ground actions, so that Airdrie can continue to thrive over the long term. Implementation of AirdrieOne occur through many of the City’s existing mechanisms, including budgets, plan development, regulations, policies and programs.
The Alberta Land Stewardship Act sets out the legal basis for regional planning in Alberta. The ALSA mandates that all local government bodies’ regulatory instruments must be in compliance with the applicable regional plans.
The Land-use Framework sets out the Province's approach to manage public and private lands and natural resources to achieve Alberta's long-term economic, environmental and social goals. The Land Use Framework establishes seven broad land-use planning regions within the Province. The City of Airdrie falls within the South Saskatchewan Region.
The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) addresses economic, environmental and social objectives in land use planning at the regional level. The City of Airdrie is required to demonstrate alignment with the provisions of the SSRP in all of its planning documents.
The Growth Plan, created by the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board provides planning direction and guidance on certain areas of regional significance related to population and employment growth, land-use, infrastructure, and services. Any statutory plan passed or amended by member municipalities shall conform with the Growth Plan.
The Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP), was approved by both Rocky View County and the City of Airdrie in 2001, outlines a coordinated and cooperative framework for managing the use and development of lands adjacent to the boundary of Airdrie and Rocky View County.
The Airdrie City Plan, adopted in 2014, is the City’s MDP and provides policy direction to guide the city’s growth. Policy areas include: growth management; environmental sustainability, fiscal sustainability, economic prosperity, community design and development, sustainable transportation, parks, pathways & municipal reserve, educational facilities, infrastructure services, community & recreation facilities, and implementation.
The 12 Thousand Acres Plan (12K Plan) is considered the City’s Growth Management Plan and is a non-statutory document intended to guide Council’s decision making on future development within the annexation lands. The 12K Plan lays the groundwork for how development will happen within the areas annexed by the City in 2012 and:
There are a number of plans and studies completed and / or commissioned by the City of Airdrie that are used to manage the city’s growth. These include:
In addition to the Council approved Master Plans and Policies there are other non-statutory planning documents that may influence decision making. These types of planning documents are also supported by public consultation, evidence and best practices.
A Master Site Plan is prepraed to support the development of a Mixed-Use, Commercial, Industrial, large Residential sites, or other large sites requiring comprehensive planning and site design.
The Transportation Master Plan (2020): 140K Plan (PDF) is a high-level planning document that is intended to align policies, studies and planning documents published by the City of Airdrie (Airdrie) into a complementary transportation network planning strategy.
This TMP, entitled the 140K Plan, is intended to guide the City over the next approximate twenty years of development and growth as the City reaches the 140,000 population horizon.
The Transit Master Plan (pdf) provides a short and long-term framework for the future of transit services operated by Airdrie Transit.
The City's economic strategy sets a vision and outlines high-level priorities and actions to guide economic growth and sustainability over the next ten years.
The purpose of Airdrie’s Economic Strategy is to ensure our community maintains a high quality of life, prosperity for businesses and jobs for residents.
In 2014, the City of Airdrie conducted a Community needs assessment (pdf) The Assessment was intended to provide an overview of the city’s strengths, and to identify key areas where improvement was needed. The assessment was a valuable resource for community planning and direction.
In 2016, the City of Airdrie reached out to the city’s youth (aged 12-24) to understand what they felt was needed to be engaged members of their communities and ultimately created the Youth Needs Assessment (pdf). The results formed the foundation of the City’s 2019-2023 Youth Engagement Strategy Framework.
A Youth Engagement strategy is a coordinated approach to ensuring that local youth are engaged and participate in the community and have ownership in decisions that affect them.
In 2016, the City of Airdrie commissioned research seeking to understand the prevalence, perceptions and context of domestic violence in the city and surrounding area. The Airdrie Domestic Violence Study (pdf) produced four high level recommendations:
To begin the work of addressing these recommendations, the City worked with community partners to create a Community Domestic Violence Action Plan (pdf) Work on implementing the plan is continuing with the assistance of community partners.
In 2016, the City of Airdrie conducted a Housing Needs Assessment (pdf) to understand the housing market in the city, as well as the affordable housing needs and options for residents. The City is currently in the process of examining various options to increase the range of affordable housing options in Airdrie.
The Great Places Plan (pdf) provides a 25 year vision and plan for open space development in Airdrie. Some of the highlights of the plan include: a vision and principles for park development, town-scape analysis, a comprehensive concept of open space development, and an implementation section which provides action strategies.
The City of Airdrie has an Integrated Pest Management plan (PDF). This plan helps decide if pesticides will be used in specific areas of Airdrie, and if so, how they will be applied. This model was created through public consultation and provides the City with guidance on appropriate pest management options.