Sturgeon County to continue engaging regional partners on Villeneuve Airport area before presenting to EMRB

Published on Dec 07, 2022

Sturgeon County withdrew its application to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB) – which details its plans for the Villeneuve Airport area – and will resubmit those plans in the new year.

The EMRB’s 13 member municipalities were set to review the application for the Villeneuve Airport Area Area Structure Plan (VAA ASP) on Dec. 8. The County withdrew the application to allow for additional consultation with regional partners before resubmitting in early 2023.

“The Villeneuve Airport is a key regional economic asset,” said Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “While we are confident in our application, we see this as an opportunity to further engage our regional partners and strengthen our plan, which will support more than $1.8 billion in economic benefit and more than 1,750 jobs in the region.”

Municipalities must refer new development plans to the EMRB – a requirement under the Municipal Government Act – so plans can be evaluated for consistency with the EMRB’s Regional Growth Plan. In its recommendation to EMRB members, EMRB administration identified a few items in Sturgeon County’s application that it considered to be inconsistent with the Regional Growth Plan.

The VAA ASP is a development framework, and its approval means new investors can confidently consider investing in the region. The plan carries out the direction of the Villeneuve Airport Area Master Plan, which provides an overall vision for future development in the area. The VAA ASP creates future-ready development strategies and demonstrates a tenacious focus on local and regional economic growth and diversification.

The lands surrounding the Villeneuve Airport are prime for investment in many sectors, including aviation and aerospace, defence, research and testing, advanced manufacturing, renewable energy research, agri-innovation and logistics.

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For more information, contact:

Megan Candie
Senior Communications Officer
587-983-8257
mcandie@sturgeoncounty.ca

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