ParioPlan was retained by the City of Cold Lake in 2007 to update their Municipal Development Plan (MDP). A more comprehensive and current MDP was needed to meet the challenges of managing long-term growth in a physically, environmentally and economically sustainable way. MDP priorities focused on growth management, heritage preservation, environmental stewardship, economic diversity and improved urban design. The Future Land Use Concept was based on a nodal growth strategy that incorporated three “urban villages”. The goal was to encourage more compact and contiguous urban form between the pre-amalgamation communities of Cold Lake, Medley and Grand Centre. The planning process combined technical analysis with stakeholder consultation that included vision building workshops, open houses and a public hearing.