Current Planning Projects

Exshaw Stormwater Management Plan

  • The purpose of the Exshaw Stormwater Management Plan is to evaluate options for improving the stormwater management system In addition, It is envisioned that options will be considered, ranging from modifications to meet modern engineering standards, to accepting existing topographical controls As described below,the methodology used for the study is based on typical industry standard procedures in the BowValley
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Municipal Development Plan

The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is the primary policy document that provides long-term guidelines and policy direction for the future growth and development within the municipality. It also guides the policy direction for other municipal planning documents, such as Area Structure/Redevelopment Plans, and the Land Use Bylaw.

The Municipal Development Plan was prepared with a high level of public involvement. The Municipal District of Bighorn community vision is:

To continue to enjoy a high quality of life within a rural municipality that celebrates its heritage and protects and enhances its beautiful natural environment, and that is supported by a diverse and sustainable economy.

The new 2012 Municipal Development Plan Bylaw No. 05/12 was adopted by Council in January 2013.

Municipal Development Plan (text only)
Figure 1 – Bighorn Bow Corridor Area Future Land Use Map
Figure 2- Ranchlands Area Future Land Use Map
Figure 3- Benchlands Future Land Use Map
Figure 4 – Dead Man’s Flats Future Land Use Map
Figure 5- Exshaw Future Land Use Map
Figure 6 – Harvie Heights Future Land Use Map
Figure 7 – Lac des Arcs Future Land Use Map
Figure 8 – Waiparous Urban Fringe Future Land Use Map


Bylaw 05/12
Bylaw 03/13
Bylaw 14/13
Bylaw 19/15


The Municipal Development Plan is a living document that responds and adapts to the changing needs of the municipality’s residents. Although the MDP is reviewed at intervals of approximately five years, an application may be made to Council to amend the MDP.