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Municipal Development Plan Update

Thank you for having your say!

The public engagement process and survey for the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) Update is now closed. Thank you for providing your input. We are currently compiling the final MDP.

Check this page for project updates in the coming weeks!

Draft Municipal Development Plan (MDP)

printable version of the draft MDP. (6.7 MB)

 

The MDP is the County’s draft plan that will guide growth and development for the next 20 years. The updated plan will provide a comprehensive long-term land use policy framework to guide future development and growth.

Need an MDP primer?

Watch the video below and learn more about the MDP and how it will guide growth and development in the County for the next 20 years.

 

 

 

MDP Update FAQs

The land use concept for my property differs from what I'm currently using it for - Do I have to change my land use?

No – Current land uses remain in effect until the landowner wishes to change them.

What do you mean by land use?

Land use is the term for describing the permitted and discretionary uses that may occur on private land; it is sometimes referred to as zoning. Every parcel in the County is assigned a land use that is named in the County’s Land Use Bylaw . There are several general land use categories in the County for both rural and urban service areas:

Urban Service Area:

  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • Industrial
  • Public Service (schools, parks, religious worship etc.) 

Rural Service Area:

  • Airport 
  • Agriculture 
  • Commercial 
  • Residential 
  • Industrial 
  • Public Service (schools, parks, religious worship etc.)
What will the new MDP address?

The new MDP will revise existing policies and create new policies to address emerging issues and best practices. Some of the items the MDP update will address include:

  • What is the future of Country Residential?
  • How can we conserve natural features as growth and development occur?
  • What types of housing do existing and future residents need, and how we can encourage more affordable housing?
  • How can we protect and encourage agriculture?
  • How can we support nature based and agri-tourism while protecting agricultural and environmental values?
  • What does sustainability mean for the County, and how can we encourage high quality urban design?
  • How can we improve the layout and design of the document to make it more user-friendly?
I'm happy with how our community is today. Why do we need a new plan?

Strathcona County is growing, fast - we’ve added over 10,000 people since our MDP was last updated in 2007. With that growth comes prosperity, but we also have to protect what people love about the County. We need to ensure the development of urban and rural communities is sustainable and provides a high quality of life for current and future residents.
The new MDP will be updated to reflect recent studies, key trends and emerging best practices. It will also be re-organized to make it more accessible and user-friendly for staff, developers, and the public.

What is a Municipal Development Plan (MDP)?

The MDP is the County’s plan for the future. It sets out a clear vision for how Strathcona will grow and develop over the next 20 years and beyond. The MDP provides a comprehensive long-term land use policy framework within which present and projected growth and development may take place. It also guides Council decisions on key issues like conservation of the natural environment and investment in infrastructure and services.

The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is the County’s plan for the future. It sets out a clear vision for how Strathcona County will grow and develop over the next 20 years and beyond. The MDP provides a comprehensive long-term land use policy framework within which present and projected growth and development may take place. It also guides Council decisions on key issues like conservation of the natural environment and investment in infrastructure and services.

It’s time for a refresh

Strathcona County is growing, fast - we’ve added over 10,000 people since our MDP was last updated in 2007. With that growth comes prosperity, but we also have to protect what people love about the County. We need to ensure the development of urban and rural communities is sustainable and provides a high quality of life for current and future residents.

The new MDP will be updated to reflect recent studies, key trends and emerging best practices. It will also be re-organized to make it more accessible and user-friendly for staff, developers, and the public.

More Information

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

Last updated: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Page ID: 47871