Planning in the Sturgeon Valley has been ongoing for over a decade, and recently Sturgeon County has led a large-scale public engagement process. This public engagement, began late fall 2020, and has included a dedicated webpage (sturgeoncounty.ca/OurValley), a postcard sent directly to every residence in the Valley, public engagement sessions, sessions with County planning officials, sessions with area County Council members, presentations at public County Council meetings, presentations at regional EMRB meetings, and an email newsletter. The engagement was also advertised on road signs, in local newspapers, on social media, and through direct contact. To date, hundreds of landowners, residents, and other partners have contributed to the proposed plans and offered their visions and comments.
The next step of the planning process is a presentation to County Council on July 13, 2021, where administrative officials will present the results of public engagement to date, updated planning policy recommendations, and a proposal to send the plans to the regional planning Board for review.Following that process, the planning policy and bylaws would come back to County Council for a vote in late summer/early fall 2021.