Rocky View Municipal District is strategically located on the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor, and is crossed north south by Highway 2 and east west by Highway 1; another major highway in Rocky View is Highway 9, which is a major transit route between Calgary and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Both the Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway have their main northsouth routes from Calgary to Edmonton through the MD, as well; the CPR is routed through Airdrie and Crossfield, while the CNR is routed through the town of Irricana and the village of Beiseker.
Due to expansion in the local economy and population increase, Rocky View is currently experiencing growth.
Rocky View was named in December 1955. In a local competition to rename the newly amalgamated municipal district (the Municipal District of Calgary), "Rocky View" was submitted by Mr. Leslie Burwash, a local student from Balzac. Second and third place proposals were "Bow View" and "Chinook". The name "Rocky View" is descriptive - most areas within the Municipal District of Rocky View have panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, looking to the west.
Rocky View includes the following unincorporated communities and hamlets: Balzac, Bottrel, Bragg Creek, Cochrane Lake, Conrich, Elbow Valley, Dalemead, Dalroy, Delacour, Indus, Janet, Kathyrn, Keoma, Langdon, Madden, Shepard, the Bearspaw-Glendale area, and the Springbank area.
Totalling approximately one million acres (4,000 km²), towns and villages encompassed by the Municipal District of Rocky View include: the City of Airdrie, the Town of Cochrane, the Town of Irricana, the Town of Crossfield, the Town of Chestermere and the Village of Beiseker.
(according to Statistics Canada 2001 Federal Census)
Rocky View currently has a Municipal Council consisting of 9 elected Councillors. Councillors are elected by the eligible electors (Rocky View residents) who vote for a candidate in their electoral division. Municipal elections organised by Alberta Municipal Affairs are held on the 3rd Monday in October every third year.
Each October, the Councillors elect the Reeve. The position of Deputy Reeve is also an elected position, voted on by the Councillors every year in October.
The current Rocky View Council (Elected in October 2007) consists of:
Rocky View's northeast and southeast (east of Calgary, north of the Bow River) is part of the Federal Electoral district (also known as a riding) of Crowfoot. This riding has been represented by Kevin Sorenson, who was originally elected as a member of the Reform Party then again as a member of the Canadian Alliance and currently of the Conservative Party.
Rocky View's southwest (south of the Bow River and west of Calgary) is part of the Federal Electoral district (also known as a riding) of Macleod. This riding has been represented by Ted Menzies, who was originally elected as a member of the Canadian Alliance and currently of the Conservative Party.
Rocky View's northwest is part of the Federal Electoral district (also known as a riding) of Wild Rose. This riding has been represented by Myron Thompson, who was originally elected as a member of the Reform Party in 1993 then again as a member of the Canadian Alliance and currently of the Conservative Party.
Rocky View and the Calgary Region are also represented by two Federal Senators: