The Town of Okotoks became one of the first municipalities in the world to establish growth targets linked to infrastructure development and environmental carrying capacity (Sheep River) when it adopted a Municipal Development Plan (MDP) in September 1998. The Town, dependent on the Sheep River for its water and its ability to treat and dispose effluent, faced an intersection in its evolution in 1998 - it could continue to "grow without limits" and plan accordingly with access to regional infrastructure, or it could take a "road less traveled" and intentionally choose to live within the carrying capacity of the Sheep River watershed. A community-driven vision - to respond to rather than manipulate the environment that sustains us, chose the latter.
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