The future of the Sturgeon Valley
On September 14, 2021, Sturgeon County Council gave final approval to three bylaws that establish the future direction for the Sturgeon Valley area.
Known as the Our Future Valley project, the three bylaws include amendments to the County’s Municipal Development Plan, the Sturgeon Valley Core Area Structure Plan (ASP), and a new Sturgeon Valley South Area Structure Plan.
“By working with our residents, regional partners, and investors, we have been able to create a plan that respects existing development and identifies new opportunities for the Sturgeon Valley,” said Sturgeon County Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “And while this is the end of one process, it is also the beginning of another process that will include more specific standards and public consideration of specific neighbourhood plans. We look forward continuing to work with everyone in the Valley to help realize this new vision.”
The updated planning documents outline areas for new residential development, future infrastructure and transportation requirements, as well as new commercial and industrial employment areas. Within each area, policies have been included that serve to respect existing residential and environmentally sensitive areas. They also include specific requirements that development density be transitioned or buffered between existing and future neighbourhoods.
The plans also reflect residents’ desire for more trails and access to greenspaces, while maintaining the unique heritage of the area. They further establish principles to honour what was heard during the consultation process, adhere to Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB) policies on development density and other factors, and provide a clear and transparent planning pathway for land developers.
Moving to the implementation phase, the County will need to update a number of technical documents such as the the Land Use Bylaw and the general municipal servicing standards to reflect the regulations and design standards needed for higher density development. Engagement activities will take place to solicit input from developers, landowners, and residents.
The ‘What’s Next’ chart below provides information on where the project is at, and what opportunities are available for public participation and input.
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