Planning & Development

Okalta and Cuffling Area Redevelopment Plan

The Town of Turner Valley is seeking a professional planning firm to complete an Area Redevelopment Plan for the SW portion of the town. This area is made up of single family homes, raw water reservoirs and a future ball diamond complex site. It is divided by the Sheep River which provides some public park and recreation opportunities.

The Town is looking for a planning firm that is committed to providing the highest quality professional analysis, design and planning services. We desire a firm that takes a creative and collaborative approach to their work. Please review the Request for Proposal and contact for more information.

The closing date for this RFP is September 12, 2014, please follow the instructions outlined in this RFP to submit.

Okalta Area Redevelopment Plan RFP


Proposed Splash Park

Please take a few moments to view a simple concept image for the proposed Splash Park to be built by the Foothills Lions Club. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Town of Turner Valley at 403.933.4944.
Proposed concept image 1
Proposed concept image 2


Sustainable Municipal Development Plan Update 

The Town of Turner Valley is updating its Municipal Development Plan (MDP). An MDP is a policy document that will guide Town Council’s decision-making on growth and development matters in the community.  MDPs are generally updated every five years and this is the sixth year of the current MDP. To learn more you can view this helpful slide show in PDF format and read this news article.
If you have any questions about the MPD please contact the Town of Turner Valley at 403.933.4944.

MDP Draft Plan provided by AECOM
Gantt Chart Project Schedule (as of December 5, 2011) provided by AECOM
June 2011 Newsletter provided by AECOM
July 2011 Newsletter provided by AECOM
August 2011 Newsletter provided by AECOM
September 2011 Newsletter provided by AECOM
October 2011 Newsletter provided by AECOM
November / December 2011 Newsletter provided by AECOM
January 2012 Newsletter provided by AECOM


Municipal Heritage Partnership Program

The Municipal Heritage Partnership Program (MHPP) helps municipalities manage their historic places. The program provides opportunities for municipalities to access funding, expertise and resources to help them establish or maintain an ongoing municipal heritage conservation program.

Support from MHPP, for identification and protection of local historic places, consists primarily of funding and guidance. The Government of Alberta is committed to helping municipalities become stewards of their own unique heritage and the guiding force for the protection of what each community determines to be historically important. The MHPP offers flexible cost-sharing opportunities to aid in the expense of preparing surveys, inventories and management plans.

The Municipal Heritage Partnership Program is part of a larger culture of conservation being fostered across the country through the Historic Places Initiative.

Benefits of Heritage Conservation for Municipalities


“Heritage conservation has been portrayed as the alternative to economic development, ‘either we have historic preservation, or we have economic growth.’ That is a false choice. In fact, heritage-based economic strategies can advance a wide range of public policy priorities.”

- Donovan Rypkema, European Cultural Heritage Forum 2005

Extensive international research has gone into evaluating the benefits and economic outcomes of conserving heritage in municipalities. Multiple reports have demonstrated the dollars-and-sense value of protecting heritage at the local level. Here are a few reasons why preserving heritage is good economics:

Heritage conservation fosters community revitalization.

Many Albertan municipalities have experienced revitalization through the Alberta Main Street Program and other heritage programs available through Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture. National Trust studies in the United States have shown that every dollar invested in heritage conservation leveraged nearly $27 of other reinvestment in the local economies.

Heritage conservation encourages heritage tourism.

Cities and towns of any size can take advantage of heritage tourism opportunities. Research shows that heritage tourists tend to include multiple destinations on their trips, spend 60% more and stay 60% longer than non-heritage tourists. 

Heritage conservation enhances property values.

Research indicates that the value of historic properties, especially within historic districts, appreciate at rates greater than the local market overall and faster than similar non-designated properties. Across Canada heritage buildings have performed much better than average in the marketplace and the price of heritage houses was less affected by cyclical downturns in property values.

The Town of Turner Valley is participating in the Municipal Heritage Partnership Program. For more information about Turner Valley’s participation in the Municipal Heritage Partnership Program, please contact the Town of Turner Valley at 403.933.4944.