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Bremner Area Project

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The community built a vision through the Bremner Growth Management Strategy , and the next step is to create a more detailed plan. Through the Bremner Area Project we are creating a detailed plan for urban growth that continues to the north and to the east of present Sherwood Park. Keep up with the latest project news by signing up for our newsletter.

Complete our full survey here, now until July 9!

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Public engagement process for the project

The Bremner Area Project will include three phases of public engagement. Phase One will take place from May 17 - July 9, 2017 and provide residents with a range of opportunities to provide project input. You can participate in the public engagement in the ways listed below:

Join us for an open house:
June 22, 2017
Community Centre, County Hall
Room 3 (CC3)
401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Online comment modules:
On the right or bottom of this project page are online comment modules available now until July 9, 2017. Learn more and provide input on project topics like: smart growth, environment and agriculture, complete communities and transportation.

Sign-up for our enewsletter:
Stay up to date on project news by signing up to receive our enewsletter. The enewsletter sign-up is available at the bottom of the project page.

Request a coffee-chat:
At any time during the engagement contact the project team to request a coffee chat, one-on-one meeting to find out more information about the project. To request a coffee chat, see the contact information at the bottom of the project page or call 780-464-8127.

Online survey:
On June 23, 2017 an online comprehensive survey will launch and be open for input until July 9, 2017. For those who can’t attend the open house, the survey will provide an opportunity to share input on information that will be presented at the open house.

Phases two and three of public engagement for the Bremner Area Project are scheduled to take place in 2018. See timeline below for an overview of the public engagement process. Learn more about public engagement at the County.

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Strathcona County’s population is growing and we need to plan to ensure efficient, smart and innovative growth. Bremner will be a continuous expansion of Sherwood Park that reflects principles of smart growth. Professional services firm, Stantec, has been retained to work with the County on the project. There are a range of ways for the public to provide input on the project through the public engagement process.

Frequently asked questions

Why are we growing?

Our region is growing and Sherwood Park is expected to be built-out within 10 years. To ensure orderly growth and development Strathcona County needs to be positioned to accommodate our share of the regional population over the next 30 years. Through the Bremner Area Project the County is creating more detailed planning to ensure efficient, smart and innovative growth.

Managing growth can be a challenge, but it also brings opportunities, including a population and tax base that supports a broader range of services, amenities and housing choices.

What is the future plan for urban growth in the north of Sherwood Park?

There are several plan areas identified in the north of Sherwood Park, these include: the Cambrian Crossing and the West of 21 areas. Cambrian Crossing is proposed to be a residential community and West of 21 is identified for future light and medium industrial development. 

The County follows a planning hierarchy that determines the order in which various levels of planning take place. The next step in planning for Bremner is to develop an Area Concept Plan and detailed engineering plans. An area concept plan is a statutory plan that provides a comprehensive planning framework and generalized future land use concept that guides subsequent development plans. 

What is the Bremner Area Project and how will it help guide urban growth in Strathcona?

Through the Bremner Area Project the County is moving forward with next steps to plan for urban growth. The community built a vision through the Bremner Growth Management Strategy, and the next step is to create a more detailed plan.

The next steps include developing the Bremner Area Concept Plan, detailed engineering and a financial viability analysis. 

What is the public engagement process for the project?

The Bremner Area Project will include three phases of public engagement.

Phase One will take place from May 17 – July 9, 2017 and provide residents and the public with a range of opportunities to provide project input. An open house will be held on June 22, with a comprehensive online survey launching on June 23.

Online comment modules available on this project page now until July 9, to learn and provide input on project topics like: smart growth, environment and agriculture, complete communities and transportation.

At any time during the engagement contact the project team to request a coffee chat, one-on-one meeting to find out more information about the project. Request a coffee chat through the contact information at the bottom of the webpage or call 780-464-8127.

Phases two and three of public engagement for the Bremner Area Project are scheduled to take place in 2018.

What is smart growth?

Smart growth is growth that minimizes the development footprint and optimizes existing and new infrastructure by creating complete communities that take advantage of increased density and compact design.

It focuses on walkable neighbourhoods with a diversity of land uses and housing, transportation choice, preservation of natural landscapes, and cost effective development.

What is density?

Density refers to the number of people living within an area. 

The Bremner area will be planned for a density of 40 (du/nrha) and align with the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan.

Why does density matter?

Density and compact development support logical, efficient and financially sustainable growth and support local business. There are also health and wellbeing benefits of increased density like increasing opportunities for using active transportation to local destinations, reduced social isolation and increased safety.

Who will pay for the infrastructure to support future growth? Will my taxes increase?

Strathcona County has traditionally required that growth pay for itself through development levies and developer-funded infrastructure. It is assumed that this will also occur for the development of a new community. A financial viability analysis will be completed as part of the Bremner Area Project.

The fiscal impact analysis for the Recommended Concept for Bremner produced in March 2016 concluded that the residential tax rates were projected to remain relatively stable over time, meaning that growth in Bremner would have a neutral impact on taxes.

What is happening to current Bremner residents?

Development is driven by landowners and developers – following the approval of area structure plans. Current and future residents will have a say in the future of their land. No current residents are required to sell their land.

What types of land uses are planned for Bremner?

The Bremner Growth Management Strategy recommends a variety of densities of residential development from single-family homes to low and mid-rise apartment buildings in certain locations, as well as retail, office, institutional and potentially other employment uses. 

What considerations will be given to agricultural land?

The Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan outlines that Agricultural Impact Assessments are required for new urban growth areas. The Agricultural Impact Assessment will provide information on planning and contextual factors, agricultural viability, and potential impacts to agriculture and mitigation measures.

As part of the Bremner Growth Management Strategy process, it was recognized that the due to the increased density that Bremner is required to achieve compared with historic growth, lands north of Pointe-aux-Pins Creek could remain agricultural land, and were removed from the Bremner Urban Reserve Area.

What is the Development Expansion Area?

The Development Expansion Area is located across from Bremner on the south side of highway 16, and is being planned for as part of the Bremner Area Project.

The area is anticipated to accommodate required infrastructure, interchanges and flyovers across highway 16. This area was previously identified for future light and medium industrial development.

What is happening with the Colchester area?

Council endorsed Bremner as the next urban growth area and options for Colchester are being reviewed through the Municipal Development Plan Update.

When will development begin?

There is no set timeline for development to begin. The Area Concept Plan is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete.

The timing of development will also depend on the market and pace of remaining development in Sherwood Park, and development in Cambrian Crossing (to the west of Bremner).

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More information

Janna Widmer
Coordinator, Long Range Planning
Phone: 780-464-8127
Email: janna.widmer@strathcona.ca

Last updated: Friday, June 23, 2017
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