City, regional and neighbourhood plans

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There are a number of plans in place to help guide future development in Medicine Hat and area. These policy documents may be viewed or downloaded below (PDFs).

Hard copies of policy documents are available for purchase. For prices, please phone Planning & Development Services at 403.529.8374.


Citywide and Intermunicipal Plans


The MDP is the primary statutory planning document that outlines how land will be used and guides future growth within Medicine Hat over the next 30 years. It is based on a 50 year vision for the City's overall growth and development. It also provides broad policy direction the types of land uses within the City. The MDP provides direction on how development is expected to occur and how decisions on development are made. The MDP provides the policy basis for Area Structure Plans (ASP's), Area Redevelopment Plans (ARP's) and the Land Use Bylaw (LUB).

  Municipal Development Plan (MDP)

The IDP provides the City of Medicine Hat, the Town of Redcliff and Cypress County with a comprehensive policy framework regarding land use and future development within the urban fringe. The plan includes communication protocols and procedures for resolving conflicts as well as administering the plan among the three municipalities.

  Tri-Area Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP)

  IDP Background Document with maps

The SSRP establishes a long-term vision for the South Saskatchewan Region and aligns provincial policies at the regional level to balance Alberta's economic, environmental and social goals. The regional plan also includes strategies for responsible energy development, sustainable farming and ranching, forest management, and nature-based tourism.

  South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP)

More info: Alberta Environment and Parks



Community and Neighbourhood Plans


Planning at the neighbourhood level is split into two types of statutory plans: an Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) and an Area Structure Plan (ASP). Both types of plans provide guidance on land use, infrastructure, transportation and the environment. Neighbourhood plans must also be consistent with higher level plans such as the MDP.

An Area Redevelopment Plan provides a framework for the redevelopment of an existing neighbourhood within the City.

An Area Structure Plan provides a framework for the development of a new (greenfield) area of the City.

  Airport ASP

•  Box Springs ASP

  Brier Run (external website) ASP in development

  Burnside Estates ASP

  Burnside Heights ASP

  Canyon Creek ASP

  Cimarron ASP

  Downtown Plan (Non-statutory)

  Hamptons ASP

  Herald ARP

  NECH Phase 4 Conceptual Scheme

  North Sector ASP (2000)

  North Sector ASP (2009)

  Ranchlands ASP

  Ranchlands Phase 1 Conceptual Scheme

  Ranchlands Phase 2 Conceptual Scheme

  Ranchlands Phase 3 Conceptual Scheme

  River Flats ARP

  River Flats ARP Amendment

  Riverside ARP

  Saamis Heights ASP

  Southlands ASP

  Southlands Phase 6 Conceptual Scheme

  Southlands Phase 6 Amendment

  South Flats ARP

  South Vista Heights ASP

  River Ridge Estates Conceptual Scheme


Airport Extension Assessment 2012 (PDF)

City Council Strategic Priorities 2019-2022 (PDF)

Community Inclusion Strategy (PDF)

Cycling Master Plan (PDF)

Dogs in Off-Leash Areas Report (PDF)

Downtown Parking Study (PDF)

Emergency Social Services Plan (PDF)

Environmental Policy (PDF)

Financially Fit for the Future

Fire Services Strategic Plan (PDF)

Fire Response Coverage Optimization Report (PDF)

Flood Protection Strategies

Heritage Resources Policy (PDF)

Highway 1 & 3 Network Functional Planning Study (PDF)

Leisure Trails Future Development Plan (PDF)

Parks System Management Plan (PDF)

Professional Practice Management Plan (APEGA) (PDF)

Quality of Life Study (PDF)

Recreation Master Plan (PDF)

Roadways: Alberta Municipal Benchmarking Initiative (PDF)

Roadway System Master Plan (PDF)

Smart Growth Strategy (PDF)

Snow and Ice Control Review (PDF)

South Saskatchewan River Recreation & Leisure Opportunities Report (PDF)

Strategic Economic Development Priorities and Implementation Considerations (PDF)

Waste Management Strategy (PDF)