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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.

For more information about the land development process, see the Municipal Planning Process Manual (PDF).


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). The current MDP has been in effect since 2012.

icon_PDFMunicipal Development Plan (MDP)

A new MDP is currently in development. For more information, visit myMH.

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. This plan has been in effect since 2010.

icon_PDFTri-Area Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP)

icon_PDFIDP 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. This plan's latest revision was in 2017.

icon_PDFSouth 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.

icon_PDFAirport ASP

icon_PDFBox Springs ASP

icon_PDFBrier Run ASP

icon_PDFBurnside Estates ASP

icon_PDFBurnside Heights ASP

icon_PDFCanyon Creek ASP

icon_PDFCimarron ASP

icon_PDFDowntown Plan (Non-statutory)

icon_PDFHamptons ASP

icon_PDFHerald ARP

icon_PDFNE Crescent Heights ASP

icon_PDFNECH Phase 4 Conceptual Scheme

icon_PDFNorth Sector ASP (2000)

icon_PDFNorth Sector ASP (2009)

icon_PDFParkview ASP

icon_PDFRanchlands ASP

icon_PDFRanchlands Phase 1 Conceptual Scheme

icon_PDFRanchlands Phase 2 Conceptual Scheme

icon_PDFRanchlands Phase 3 Conceptual Scheme

icon_PDFRiver Flats ARP

icon_PDFRiver Flats ARP Amendment

icon_PDFRiverside ARP

icon_PDFSaamis Heights ASP

icon_PDFSouthlands ASP

icon_PDFSouthlands Phase 6 Conceptual Scheme

icon_PDFSouthlands Phase 6 Amendment

icon_PDFSouthview ASP

icon_PDFSouth Flats ARP

icon_PDFSouth Vista Heights ASP

icon_PDFRiver 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)