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Municipal Development Plan Update

Have your final say!

Residents are invited to have their final say during Phase 4 of the MDP Update public engagement process.

Provide your input now until Feb. 13 – engagement details below.

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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.
Join us in the final phase of public engagement for the MDP Update and provide your input from Jan. 6 to Feb. 13. Review current engagement details below or learn more about the public engagement process and past engagement.


Review our full MDP Topic Summaries document and learn more about topics within the draft MDP. Provide your input on a topic by visiting the topic pages (buttons on side or bottom) and complete the online comment form. 

Public engagement and open house details

There are a number of ways to learn more about the project and provide your input from now until February 13. Attend an open house or complete our full online survey available January 19! Learn more about the MDP topics listed on the right or bottom of this page and provide your input directly today. Visit our project document library to learn more about the project and review backgrounders and summaries. Learn more about the public engagement process and past engagement.

Open house for Colchester residents
January 19, 2017

Colchester Hall
23219 Township Road 520
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

  • As part of the MDP update, residents of the Colchester area will have the opportunity to provide their input on three proposed land use options for the Colchester area. Agriculture Small Holdings, Agriculture Large Holdings or the Beaver Hills are the three policy areas presented for consideration as future land use options.

Sherwood Park Open House
January 25

Community Centre, County Hall
Community Centre Room 2 (CC2)
401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Heartland Hall Open House
January 30
Heartland Hall Contact Office
55305 Range Road 214
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Check out our latest MDP Newsletter #10 (211.2 KB)

sign up for the MDP Update newsletter.

Review project background and summaries in our document library.

Find more information on the planning hierarchy that the County must follow, and other policies and documents informing the MDP.

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: Thursday, January 19, 2017
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