Our Future Valley

Planning for What Happens Next in the Sturgeon Valley

The Sturgeon Valley is home to more than 4,300 people. With nearly 90% of its residential lots already developed and surrounded by the growing cities of St. Albert and Edmonton, as well as the Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, this unique and important part of Sturgeon County requires a new plan to responsibly guide its growth into the future.

Developing the Sturgeon Valley Our Own Way
Recognizing the growth and changing dynamics in the region, Sturgeon County has been working with our regional partners to create a vision that complements the unique needs of Valley residents. Our goal is to create a plan that balances affordability, existing development, and new opportunities. 

A Responsible Way Forward
Developing our Sturgeon Valley must be done in an economically and environmentally responsible way, while maintaining what’s most important to the residents who currently live here. To do this, we will be championing  both existing natural features and new, innovative design techniques, mindful of the compatibility of uses, the existing community and future opportunity. 

Planning Today for Tomorrow’s Valley
Building on from previous foundations, now is the time for Sturgeon County to develop a clear planning pathway for future developments in and around the Sturgeon Valley.  We need to hear your thoughts, concerns, and ideas for your vision to help us shape Our Future Valley.

Let’s Do This ... Together
Once new plans are created, the changes will not happen overnight but their impact will influence generations to come. 

Our Future Valley: What We Have Heard

The Our Valley Project Team has been working through an extensive engagement process with both developers and the public to answer the big question: What does planning certainty look like for the Sturgeon Valley? 

The engagement process has provided the  team with extensive feedback that has influenced the preparation of the three key documents. To make sure the process was broad and inclusive, a variety of information and collaborative sessions were held along with opportunities for the public to speak to planners directly about each of the projects.

So far, the Our Future Sturgeon Valley Project has involved:

  • 5 Public Information Sessions
  • 2 Developer Sessions
  • 1 Developer Survey
  • 3 Call-a-Planner Sessions
  • 1 Homeowner Association Information Session
  • 1 Call-a-Panel Session

Here is a snapshot of what we heard from you:


  • Higher densities should be located outside of the Valley Core and located within the new Area Structure Plan and closer to the cities of Edmonton and St. Albert.
  • Gradual change of densities would be preferred to help reduce potential land use conflicts between higher densities contemplated by new development and existing lower density residential areas.
  • As densities increase, so will population; transportation in and out of the Sturgeon Valley will need to be upgraded. 

Connectivity + Trails

  • Connectivity to Trails. Some existing subdivisions have trails, but they don’t all connect nor provide access to amenities/open space. Future trails for the Sturgeon Valley South Area Structure Plan should consider connection of new and existing trails and more importantly, trails which lead to destinations.
  • Trails are an asset to the community; the more trails the better!
  • More trail maintenance throughout the year would be an asset.


  • How will upgrades to infrastructure be handled? Will existing taxpayers be responsible for paying for any upgrades.
  • 127 street would provide great access through the Sturgeon Valley. Is development reliant on construction of 127 street?
  • Better broadband options should be made available.

Land Uses

  • Large scale commercial development opportunities should be considered along Highway 28. Small scale development could be supported within the Sturgeon Valley South Area Structure Plan and Sturgeon Valley Core if it focused more towards local boutique style shops and coffee shops.
  • Opportunity to provide a variety of housing options in the south area of Sturgeon Valley, closer to the Cities of Edmonton and St. Albert.
  • “Would be happy to see a local place to get produce or a pharmacy within the neighbourhood.”
  • “Could consider a low-rise condo-type seniors’ facility.”
  • Areas of employment could provide opportunities for jobs within the Sturgeon Valley and would be an asset.
  • Many have moved to the Valley to have rural living with access to urban-style amenities. Development of this nature within Sturgeon Valley would turn the area into a small urban area within a rural municipality.

This is just a snapshot of the feedback collected. All of the information provided has helped develop the Our Future Valley project.

What's Next?

Regional Evaluation Framework (REF) Submittal

The next stage is to refer the Our Future Valley Project to the Edmonton Regional Metropolitan Board. Want to know more about REF? Click here https://www.emrb.ca/regional-evaluation-framework  

You can download the REF documentation Sturgeon County has submitted, when it is deemed complete here


Want to watch the Public Hearings as well as the July 13 Council Meeting?

You can rewatch the recordings via the links below:

July 13, Council Meeting watch online via: Sturgeon County - Calendar (legistar.com)

Sturgeon County Council heard a report back on what was heard at the Public Hearings and reviewed the proposed amendments required to the bylaws before submitting to the EMRB.

A final version of the What We Heard Report  has been updated to reflect these inputs and will be presented to Council at second eading.


Draft Bylaw 1555/21 - Sturgeon Valley South - Area Structure Plan

Public hearing: Monday, June 28, 2021 at  5:00 p.m.

Draft Bylaw 1556/21 – Amendment to Bylaw 1313/13 Municipal Development Plan

​Public hearing: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Draft Bylaw 1557/21 – Rescind and Replace Bylaw 882/99 – Sturgeon Valley Area Structure Plan

Public hearing: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.



Find out more

Sturgeon County's Municipal Development Plan or MDP is a land use planning document that guides growth, land use and development within the County.  The MDP provides developer certainty, which attracts investment and enables business to thrive. It also sets out areas for environmental protection, as well as setting policies to create strong communities and support heritage.

As outlined the Sturgeon County Municipal Development Plan (2014), planning for the Sturgeon Valley area is a priority of Sturgeon County, representing its primary residential growth area and a key feature of its future sustainability. Development within this area will be planned to complement the character of the existing Sturgeon Valley community. All future planning of this area will also be aligned to requirements and aspirations of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan. Density of new development areas is a key consideration in supporting this vision, and will be based on principles of:

  • what is fiscally responsible in the long term
  • what recognizes Sturgeon County’s existing infrastructure investments and service capacity
  • what will be acceptable to the residents of existing developed areas
  • what is reflective of market demand
  • what will support the development of a complete community
  • what will support seamless transition between the developed areas in the existing Sturgeon Valley community, in addition to St. Albert and Edmonton.

Download the Sturgeon County MDP Amendment information sheet


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