Sturgeon County receives historic planning certainty for the Valley
Sturgeon County, AB - On March 28, 2019, Sturgeon County received provincial approval of new policy that will guide planning of future Sturgeon Valley neighbourhoods.
Over a year and a half, Sturgeon County collaborated with the City of Edmonton and the City of St. Albert to develop these policies in response to a requirement of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB).
The Sturgeon Valley is an established community of over 3,500 residents supported by a statutory plan originally approved in 1999. This plan requires amendment to allow for the future growth and completion of this community. Sturgeon County has spent years seeking approval to do so, and the approval of this new negotiated policy will both inform and allow that process to proceed.
“We are delighted to have a collective vision for Sturgeon Valley, and this approval allows us to work with key stakeholders on area structure plans for the area while protecting farmland which remains a high priority for Sturgeon County Council,” said Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “We look forward to the next steps engaging with residents and key stakeholders throughout the planning process.”
The negotiated policy was initially supported by the EMRB in December 2018, and the Minister of Municipal Affairs approved the policy within an amended EMRB Growth Plan in March 2019.
Detailed planning for the Sturgeon Valley will commence later in 2019, including several public engagement opportunities to gather input from area residents and key stakeholders. Sturgeon County is excited to embark on this project and to explore opportunities for the area. Watch for details in the coming weeks.
For more technical information, please contact:
Travis Peter Manager, Community and Regional Planning