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Leadership at Work

Our Town Council is made up of seven elected officials, including the Mayor, and six Councillors. These elected officials provide the guidance and leadership that makes Claresholm what it is. Town Council meets regularly in the Town Council Chambers on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:00 pm.  The public is welcome to all Council meetings. If Monday is a holiday, the meeting will be on Tuesday. Only one meeting is held in the months of July and August, chosen and announced during the year. There may only be one meeting in December as well.

Town Council

From left to right: Councillors Gaven Moore, Kieth Carlson and Lise Schulze, Mayor Doug MacPherson, Councillors Mike Cutler, Brad Schlossberger and Craig Zimmer

Guiding Documents

Many guiding documents are used to help direct the Town of Claresholm. Some of the most important documents, along with a brief description, can be found below.


Municipal Government Act

The Municipal Government Act (MGA) gives direction to municipalities within the province of Alberta.  It mandates the purpose of municipalities and defines their powers, duties and functions.  You can view the full document on the Queens Printer Website by following the link below.

Municipal Government Act

Claresholm Land Use Bylaw

The Land Use Bylaw regulates and controls land use and development of land and buildings in the Town of Claresholm.

Oldman River Regional Services Commission has contracted responsibility for updating the document under the approval and authority of Council. The latest version can be found on their website here or in a downloadable form below.

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DownloadLand Use Bylaw

Town of Claresholm Strategic Plan

The 2017/18 - 2020/21 plan was approved at the September 10, 2018 Regular Council Meeting. You can view the full document below (PDF).

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DownloadStrategic Plan 2017-2021


Municipal Development Plan 

The Municipal Development Plan is the framework for sustainable growth and development of the Municipality. It will assist in realizing the physical, social and economic opportunities in Claresholm.

Oldman River Regional Services Commission has contracted responsibility for updating the document under the approval and authority of Council. The latest version can be found on their website here or in a downloadable form below.

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DownloadMunicipal Development Plan


Municipal Sustainability Plan

The Municipal Sustainability Plan serves to ensure that Claresholm will continue to be a vibrant caring community. It aims to maintain a diverse population of involved citizens committed to the following; sustainability, self-sufficiency and the health and well-being of its population.

Oldman River Regional Services Commission has contracted responsibility for updating the document under the approval and authority of Council. The latest version can be found on their website here or in a downloadable form below.

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DownloadMunicipal Sustainability Plan


Town of Claresholm Branding Guidelines

Claresholm logo slogan

Our Logo & Tagline

The Town of Claresholm completed a community branding process in May, 2017. The project was completed with the help and guidance of the Town Council, Economic Development Committee, and over 150 local stakeholders. The journey included 3 community forums, over 60 one-on-one conversations, and feedback via social media, e-mail and telephone. The process sculpted a unique brand that reflects the multiple viewpoints and preferences of our community at large.

The logo is a refreshed image that carried forward the strong affinity for a design that incorporates our neighbouring foothills and warm sunshine. The predominant changes were the restyling of the lines to reflect a modern appeal and the inclusion of the water tower as a visual icon and historic landmark within the Town. Inclusion of the water tower juxtaposed against the surrounding natural qualities of the MD reflect our greater sense of community, which extends far beyond any municipal boundaries. The golden yellow represents our wheatlands meeting with the rich greenery of the foothills. This is a throwback and salute to the role that our surrounding agriculture and ranching has, and continues to, play in our community. The deep blue represents the distant mountains and our expansive blue skies, celebrating our prized weather and access to some of the most beautiful landscapes for hiking, fishing, quading and camping. The logo is designed in an open, inviting, and warm format to represent those same characteristics within the community.

Our tagline, “Where Community Takes Root” speaks to the deep-rooted nature of our community. We are genuine Albertans who live for the outdoors. Our strength of character grows proud from our agricultural and familial roots. We draw nourishment from our surroundings, and have used this nourishment and sense of community service to build the best healthcare and range of sports facilities of any town in Southwestern Alberta. We take a lot of pride in our active, hands-on culture, and the world-class people it creates. We openly respect and take pride in our heritage. We know everyone can pitch in, play an active role, and pull together to make big things happen. We are welcoming, supportive of one another, and have a flair for western hospitality and heritage. We are diverse, but equally committed to the prosperity and longevity of our community.

Please contact the Chief Administrative Officer by e-mail or at 403.625.3381 for permitted uses.


Area Structure Plans

Area structure plans provide a comprehensive land use rationale for the re designation and subdivision of parcels. They are intended to guide the development of the subject land, including required infrastructure and support services, within the framework of the approved uses as per the Land Use Bylaw. 

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DownloadPrairie Shores Area Structure

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DownloadSouthwest Area Structure Plan


Parks & Recreation Master Plan

The Parks & Recreation Master Plan serves as a planning and guiding document for future facilities and programs to maintain and enhance the green spaces and recreation within the Town of Claresholm. This plan is designed to address identified specific needs and concerns for the community for present and future recreation and sports facilities. 

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DownloadParks & Recreation 2017 Master