The lands surrounding Villeneuve Airport (ZVL) are prime for new commercial and industrial investment, with the potential to support regional economic growth, diversification, and new jobs.
The area benefits from tremendous road, rail, and air infrastructure as well as innovative businesses already onsite. The recently approved Villeneuve Airport Area Master Plan (VAAMP) showcases the opportunities to capitalize on existing infrastructure in a way that complements the airport and the rest of Sturgeon County.
The VAAMP focuses around four themes that research determined could be most appropriate based on existing infrastructure and programs within the county, regionally, and provincially.
Villeneuve Aviation and Aerospace Centre - Unique innovation and education hub, industrial park, and R&D testing centre dedicated to aviation, aerospace and space applications, remotely piloted aircraft systems and defence projects.
Villeneuve ecoPark - State-of-the-art commercial and industrial park featuring innovation labs, research and testing facilities, advanced manufacturing areas and commercial office space. Focused on clean-tech applications, net-zero goals, renewable energy research, extreme weather research, etc.
Villeneuve Agri-Innovation Hub - Comprehensive solution to increase sustainable agriculture combining applied research and commercialization facilities that increase value-added agribusiness and food development investment. Land/facilities for experimental farming, new crop/commodity and finished product development. Focus on provincial and global issues tied to agriculture, with a focus on intelligent farming.
Great Northern Logistics Hub - Air, road, and rail-enabled warehousing and logistics park that provides storage, staging and transportation services between Edmonton and the world. Increase to the capacity and efficiency of the flow of goods from western Canada to ports in British Columbia, while acting as a critical staging area for the flow of North American goods and services into Canada’s Arctic and Alaska, and South into the US and Mexico.
The concepts provide an overall vision of the potential of the region, particularly in the areas of innovation, logistics, and new energy economies.
With the VAAMP in place, it is time to translate the vision into future-ready strategies as part of a formal Area Structure Plan (a statutory plan that sets specific development policy and creates certainty for new investors) and create the opportunities for the Future to Take Flight in Sturgeon County!
Engagement activities will take place to collect input from residents and stakeholders on the draft Villeneuve Airport Area – Area Structure Plan. Interested investors are also encouraged to contact us for more information on planning specifics and opportunities.
The ‘What’s Next’ chart below provides information on where the project is at, and what opportunities are available for public participation and input.