Long-term Planning

Long-term planning by Council and Administration is an ongoing process. Strategic Plans are reviewed and updated annually, as are the Ten-Year Financial Plan and capital projects list. Town Budgets are developed between May and October each year, with Council deliberations and approval scheduled at the end of the year.

Long-term plans that guide the development of specific areas of Town or that establish rules for specific activities are developed and approved as required or legislated. These processes sometimes require years of advance planning before the impact is evident in our community. For instance, it may feel as if Sunset Ridge is a fairly new community, but the first Area Structure Plan was received by Council in 2005.

Council Plans

Council Priorities and Ten-Year Financial Plan
Strategic Planning

Topic-specific plans

Cochrane Sustainability Plan (2009)
Connecting Cochrane (Transportation Master Plan)
Growth Management Strategy (2013)
Integrated Downtown Action Plan (2013)
Integrated Neighbourhood Design Guidelines (2013)
Intermunicipal Development Plan with Rocky View (2001)
Open Spaces Master Plan (OSMP) (2012)
Recreation Master Plan (2008)
Renewable Energy Framework (2013)

Town-wide planning documents

There is a strict hierarchy to planning documents for the Town, with an increasing level of detail at each step.
Heritage Guidelines (2000)
Land Use Bylaw (LUB)

Municipal Development Plan (MDP) (2008)

Location-specific plans

Area Structure Plans
An Area Structure Plan* (ASP) is drafted when a new parcel of land is identified for development. Using the 
MDP as a reference, it guides and directs specific land use, subdivision and development decisions that collectively determine the form a community will take. Please note: ASP names may or may not match the current name of the development.

From time to time, Council may also designate an area for redevelopment, using an Area Redevelopment Plan.

Neighbourhood Plans
Neighbourhood plans contain more specific details for the neighbourhood it pertains to.