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Strategic Planning

Town of Didsbury Strategic Plan

The Town of Didsbury Strategic Plan provides direction to make informed decisions—it sets priorities, focuses resource allocation, and addresses strategic issues facing the community, now and into the future. The Strategic Plan also serves as the foundation on which plans and budgets are developed and approved.

In creating this two year Strategic Plan, Council first asked Didsbury residents what they thought the priorities were. According to the Fall 2022 survey results…Didsburians want to prioritize infrastructure asset management, economic development, housing affordability, and better recreation amenities.

Top 5 responses to What You Want Didsbury to be Known for:

  • Parks / paths / green spaces / trails
  • Unique businesses, places and experiences
  • Strong connectivity (e.g. neighbourliness, volunteerism)
  • Tourism and film
  • Good basic services (roads, water/sewer)

 The Strategic Plan outlines Council’s plan and the steps they will take over the next two years towards achieving the vision of the community. There are five areas identified as strategic priorities:

  • Strategically Managed Infrastructure 
  • Vibrant and Connected Character Community 
  • Strong and Resilient Local Economy 
  • Liveability
  • Governance and Organizational Excellence 

Under each priority, in the Strategic Plan, are: associated goals, outcomesand key actions.

  • Goals are higher-order objectives that emphasize specific areas of focus over two years. Strategic Plan goals are not comprehensive of all that a municipality does, but highlight where focus is required. 
  • Outcomes are a description of the result of what will occur when a goal is reached. 
  • Key Actions are higher-level directions that move the Town toward the achievement of a goal.

 Intermunicipal Cooperation and Planning 

Municipalities that share a common boundary must create an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) with one another. All ICFs must align with the requirements outlined in Part 17.2 of the Municipal Government Act.

Frameworks are intended to:

  • provide for integrated and strategic planning, delivery and funding of intermunicipal services
  • allocate scarce resources efficiently in the providing local services
  • ensure municipalities contribute funding to services that benefit their residents

Each framework must:

  • describe the services that benefit residents in more than one of the municipalities
  • identify which municipality is responsible for providing these services
  • outline how the services will be delivered and funded
  • include a process for resolving disputes that occur while the framework is in effect

The Town of Didsbury shares a common boundary with Mountain View County. Together, our two municipalities have created a shared agreement:

The Town of Didsbury & Mountain View County Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Master Agreement

The Town of Didsbury has additional agreements with Mountain View County, including:

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding any of our planning and cooperative initiatives, please contact our Information Line at 403-335-2030 or by email at