Sturgeon Valley Vision getting clearer
“Our Future Valley” Plans come to Council on June 8, public June 28
Three bylaws, making up the new vision for development in the Sturgeon Valley, will be brought for first reading to Sturgeon County Council on June 8, 2021.
“We have been working directly with residents and developers to create a clear vision that complements the unique needs of Sturgeon Valley residents,” said Sturgeon County Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “We know that development in our Valley must be advanced in an economically and environmentally responsible manner. We’ve also clearly heard how important it is to maintain the character and quality of life of the existing community, while balancing regional requirements and new opportunities.”
If first reading is supported on June 8, the bylaws will be brought back again to Council for a Public Hearing on June 28. At the Public Hearing, residents and landowners will have an opportunity to speak either for or against the proposed changes before Council refers the bylaws for regional board consideration and finally votes later in the summer on accepting the bylaws.
Based on feedback from residents, neighbouring municipalities, area businesses, the Canadian Forces Base, and prospective land developers the new vision for the Sturgeon Valley is focused on balancing organic community growth within a strategic framework that supports a ‘complete community’ and creates more certainty for residents and all others.
The plans being presented also reflect residents’ desire for more trails and access to greenspaces, while maintaining the unique heritage of the area. They further establish placemaking principles to honour what was heard during the consultation process, adhere to regional policies on development density and other factors, and provide a clear and transparent planning pathway for land developers.
The Our Future Valley project was launched in 2020 to engage the public and key stakeholders to prepare plans to responsibly guide future growth in the Sturgeon Valley. More than 200 people have participated in online sessions, surveys, and other engagement sessions to date. Sturgeon County has used this feedback along with other research to prepare a draft vision supported by three key amended plans: Sturgeon County’s Municipal Development Plan, a Sturgeon Valley Core Area Structure Plan, and the Our Future Valley: Sturgeon Valley South Area Structure Plan.
An overview of the process to date and the proposed plans and bylaws are available at sturgeoncounty.ca/OurValley