To develop and promote an overall community economic development strategy, facilitate and support commercial, industrial and business development within the Ponoka community.


"The Ponoka Economic Development Board is a diverse team that collaborates, facilitates and liaises with the business community and relevant organizations to help grow a prosperous Ponoka region."

The Economic Development Board is an element of community driven economic development. The board, formed in 2004, consists of volunteers from the community including rural county representatives, the Town's Economic Development Officer and two Town Councillors. In 2011, an updated strategic planning process was undertaken and gave the board a refreshed direction. Under the renewed 2015-2017 strategy the board has taken responsibility for project specific working groups and recruited committee members from the community at large.

Past successes of the EDB have included: the Annual Downhill Derby, a feasibility proposal for expanding and improving Ponoka's industrial Airport, and a Recreational Needs Assessment, just to name a few.

Strategic Plan

The Economic Development Board endeavors to work towards community minded goals in a strategic priority sequencing. Please click below to see the most current Economic development Strategic Plan.

2018-2023 Economic Development Strategic Plan

Ongoing Programs 

Call-Out for Testimonials

We are looking to hear the stories of our local businesses. Why Ponoka? What about our community is good for your business or yourself as a business owner?

If you are interested in any of the above programs, becoming a member of the Ponoka Economic Development Board or in sitting in on a sub- committee please contact the Town's Economic Development Department.


Subdivision is the dividing of a single parcel of land into two or more parcels, each to be given a separate title.  Subdivision is also used for existing lot line adjustments.  Notwithstanding a few exceptional circumstances, subdivision approval and endorsement by the local municipality must always be received before the subdivision can be registered at the Land Titles Office and titles issued (including bare land condominiums).

All subdivison applications are processed on behalf of the Town through Parkland Community Planning Services (PCPS), while the Town of Ponoka remains the Subdivision Approving Authority (decision-maker) for all subdivision applications.

For further information and assistance, please contact PCPS at 403-343-3394 or  Please note that extensive subdivision information, including fees, forms, and processing times, may also be obtained from their website at


The Land Use Bylaw is the key tool used to regulate and control the use and development of all land and buildings in the Town of Ponoka. It governs the development permit approval process and all land use redesignation applications. It is adopted by Council and can only be amended by Council.

Land Use Bylaw
Land Use Districts Map (Schedule C)
Land Use Bylaw & Plan Amendment Application Form

The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is a long-term strategic plan for managing growth in our town. The MDP sets the vision on how to accommodate this growth responsibly. The MDP serves as an important decision-making tool for Council, Administration, and stakeholders.

Area Structure Plans (ASP) are prepared to provide an overall framework for the development objectives such as rezoning, subdivision, servicing, and phasing of an area of land.


Master Plans, Studies

MDP Background & Analysis Report 
Municipal Development Plan (2013) 
Intermunicipal Development Agreement (1988)
Annexation 2011: Board Order No. MGB 019/11 
Master Servicing Study (2005)
Growth Study (2009-2059)
Integrated Community Sustainability Plan 2010
Downtown Action Plan (2017)
Engineering and Development Design Guidelines 2013 Edition


Area Structure Plans

NW 5 & SE 8-43-25-W4 (Lucas Heights)
Hudson's Green
Country Hills Estates
SE 6-43-25-W4 (Froman Industrial)


Building & Development Statistics

Building Permit Summary
Building Summary Graph(2004 to 2014)
2014 Construction Analysis
Housing Comparisons (2013 to October 31, 2014)
Building Comparisons (2013 to October 31, 2014)
Development_Building Report (2013)

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