Council Priorities


Council’s Strategic Priorities set the course for where the organization’s efforts will be directed. These priorities guide our organization and the programs and services we deliver to the community.

Community Connectivity 

Focus on multi-modal transportation solutions that achieve positive traffic and pedestrian flows throughout the community.

  • Continue to work with Alberta Transportation on the design & construction of the Highway 1A/22 interchange. (2020-2022)
    • Relocate the municipal utility infrastructure as required by the Province to facilitate the first phase of interchange completion. (2020)
  • Advocate for highway 1A improvements, including Centre Avenue & 5th Avenue intersections. (2020-2022)
  • Facilitate construction of second access to Sunset Ridge. (2020-2022)
  • Design & construct improvements to Centre Avenue. (2020-2022)
  • Implement smart traffic management technology to assist in improving local traffic flow. (2021)
  • Improve, plan and advocate for local and regional pathway networks that connect all communities. (2020-2022)
    • Upgrade asphalt pathway from Mitford Park west through West Terrace Park (2021)
    • Complete the Riverfront Park bridge replacement (2020)

Community Development and Planning 

Focus on improved development and land use plans that align with the Social Policy Framework and Growth Management Strategy to promote a complete community while preserving Cochrane’s unique identity.

  • Develop and implement a water strategy; upgrade wastewater and water infrastructure to accommodate future growth. (2020-2022)
    • Complete the Stormwater Master Plan (2020-2021)
  • Review and update the Municipal Development Plan, implementing an annual review and update every five years. (2021-2022)
  • Prioritize commercial and industrial development, while broadening residential housing options. (Ongoing)
  • Focus on development of the Regional Management Growth Plan and Servicing Plan. (2020-2022)
  • Initiate work to update the Cochrane Sustainability Plan (CSP), following adoption of the MDP. (2022)
  • Upgrade the Railway Street West infrastructure to ensure future service capacity for this important service corridor. (2020)
  • Implement the 10-year business development strategy. (2020-2022)
  • Complete the River Heights reservoir. (2023)

Community Engagement 

Focus on improved community engagement opportunities.

  • Establish engagement strategies for key community issues and projects, including:
    • Municipal Development Plan (2021)
    • CMRB Growth and Servicing Plans (2020-2022)
  • Establish engagement opportunities with youth, seniors, neighbouring communities and First Nations. (ongoing)
  • Focus on improved communication to residents about community safety programs and services, achieving solutions through education and awareness. (ongoing)
  • Implement the recommendations Social Recovery Task Force. (2020-2022)
  • Implement the recommendations of the Economic Recovery Task Force. (2020-2022)
  • Create and implement a provincial and federal advocacy strategy. (2020)
    • Centre Avenue and Highway 1A interchange (2020-2022)
    • Advocate for a regional mass transit system. (2020-2022)

Community Facilities and Services

Focus on services and spaces that achieve a safe and improved sense of community.

  • Construct the new Protective Services Building. (2021-2022)
  • Complete the Tri-Site implementation strategy:
    • Design and construction of the former Esso Bulk Station site:
      • Transit Hub & Innovation Centre (2019-2020)
      • At-grade pedestrian crossing to connect Historic Downtown and Quarry commercial area (2021)
    • Consult with user groups and finalize concepts for future development of the Library / Innovation Centre / Arts and Culture site and 5th Avenue site. (2021)
    • Complete design for old Town Hall site. (2021)
  • Develop an effective asset management system. (2021)
  • Focus on achieving organizational efficiencies. (Ongoing)

Ten-Year Financial Strategy

 Please note: as of 2015, this information is incorporated into the Report to Community.