Types Of Plans


Type of Plan

Who Does It?

Inter Municipal Development Plan (IMDP)


  •  implemented in areas of interface between an urban and a rural municipality
  •  typically addresses:
  1. future land use
  2. coordination
  3. transportation
  4. future growth plans
  5. municipal services


Municipal Development Plan

(aka Community Strategic Plan, Integrated Community Plan, Municipal Sustainability Plan)

  • usually initiated by the municipality or region
  • locally initiated and locally owned
  • concerned with the future of the entire town, city or region and it’s quality of life or quality of place i.e. social, economic, environmental
  • result of increasing pressures to achieve long term sustainability by improving the integration of social, environmental, economic and health systems
  • many have been funded by Canada's Federal Gas Tax Fund 
  • plans are not uniform, some communities have not engaged, and a wide range of approaches, toolkits, content, and strategies have emerged

Land Use Planning/Official Plan

  • elected councils of municipalities (ideally with input from citizens)
  • to help provide for the orderly growth and development of a community

Comprehensive/Master Plan


  • usually by the municipality because it is typically concerned with the concerns of an entire sector i.e. recreation, social services, economic development, transportation, arts and culture etc.
  • to help the municipality make rational, informed decisions about the development of programs, facilities, services etc.

Strategic Planning for Organizations


  •  any organization, department, or agency concerned about the long term development and growth of their organization
  •  normally involves the board, senior staff, committees, and other stakeholders
  •  to help the organization, department or agency revisit and reassess the effectiveness and relevance of the programs, services, facilities, supports etc.

Program/Project /Event Planning


  • clubs, community groups, committees, departments
  •  those in an organization who are involved in providing program services
  •  groups or organizations interested in adapting to changing community needs
  •  to improve the quality, quantity, and effectiveness of services based on defined community priorities


Operational Review


  • when problem(s) or issue(s) are identified that threaten the effectiveness of the organization
  • as part of ongoing healthy management practices


Feasibility Study

  • any organization considering the development of a major facility
  • to help make decisions and to provide information and a comprehensive look at all of the alternatives involved in order to make the right decision