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 are developed and approved as required or legislated. These processes sometimes require years of advance planning before the impact is evident. 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.
Plans are sometimes required to meet changing technologies and needs in Cochrane, or to establish rules for specific activities. When that happens, Council directs staff to research the issue and draft a way to best handle future requirements. Some of these plans become bylaws or are adopted by resolution.
Bow River Bridge
Initial work is underway on property acquisition and road alignments so plans can be finalized for the new bridge across the Bow River.
The Town is launching a downtown parking study to help understand and guide future decisions about parking in the downtown core. Watch for opportunities to provide input and get involved.
Growth Management Strategy
Growth Management Strategy is a non-statutory planning document that aligns other plans, policies and strategies for the orderly and appropriate growth of Cochrane, as identified in the visions and objectives of the Cochrane Sustainability Plan and Municipal Development Plan.
The Telecommunication Antenna Structure Siting Protocols establish standards that allow the Town of Cochrane to influence the placement of telecommunication antenna structures proposed within Town limits.