Economic Development Board
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.
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.
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.
The Town of Ponoka is the Subdivision Approving Authority with all subdivision applications being processed through the Town’s Planning and Development department. Subdivision is the process of dividing a single parcel of land into two or more parcels, each to be given a separate title. Subdivision is also used for lot line adjustments. Approval and endorsement by the Town of Ponoka must always be received before the subdivision can be registered at the Land Titles Office and titles issued. For more information and assistance, contact our Planning & Development Officer.
Land Use Bylaw
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.
Plans & Documents
The Municipal Development Plan 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 will serve as an important decision-making tool for Mayor & Council, administration, and stakeholders.
MDP Background & Analysis Report
Municipal Development Plan (2013)
Intermunicipal Development Agreement
Annexation 2011: Board Order No. MGB 019/11
Master Servicing Study (2005)
Integrated Community Sustainability Plan 2010
Area Structure Plans
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)
BizPaL Online Business Permits and Licences
BizPaL is an innovative project that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to the information on permits and licences that they need to establish and run their businesses. This unique partnership among federal, provincial, territorial, regional and local governments is designed to cut through the paperwork burden and red tape that small business owners encounter.
Finding out which government requirements apply to a certain business type can be time consuming and frustrating. BizPaL was created to help identify what you may require, quickly and easily. The information you need is available from a single source; entrepreneurs spend less time dealing with red tape – saving effort and money in the process – and more time building their business.
The service is the result of combined efforts by the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments and is designed with the following benefits in mind:
- It's free to use
- It saves time
- It's available 24/7