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Agriculture Master Plan

Where are we growing?

Strathcona County developed an Agriculture Master Plan in 2015 to provide a long-term priority for agriculture.

The purpose of the Agriculture Master Plan is to address two questions: what is the future of agriculture in Strathcona County? And what strategies and policies are required to enable this future to be realized?

The Agriculture Master Plan is a made-in Strathcona County plan that fits the needs of our unique community. It is guided by the following broad principle: Agriculture will continue to be an integral part of Strathcona County’s historical, cultural, economic and environmental heritage.

Important documents:

Urban Agriculture StrategyTable filled with fresh local produce.

Help us with fresh ideas while developing an urban agriculture strategy, starting in February 2016.

Project updates

February 2016

  • Following a competitive selection process, Strathcona County selected Intelligent Futures consultants to help develop the Urban Agriculture Strategy , as part of the Agriculture Master Plan.
  • Strathcona County and the consultant will begin the public engagement process through preliminary discussions with community members who have demonstrated an interest in the Urban Agriculture Strategy.
  • Feedback from the initial interviews will shape the engagement process.
  • Further public engagement activities will be shared once details are confirmed.

December 8, 2015: Strathcona County will initiate development of the Urban Agriculture Strategy as part of the Agriculture Master Plan, approved by Council as part of Budget 2016.

September 29, 2015: a draft implementation strategy was presented to Council outlining how to move forward with the Agriculture Master Plan. Public consultation will be an important part of this implementation plan. The next step is to develop and communicate detailed timelines to residents.

June 23, 2015: Strathcona County's Agriculture Master plan was approved by Council

About the Implementation Strategy

The Implementation Strategy outlines how Strathcona County intends to explore the recommendations in the Agriculture Master Plan. Implementation of the Agriculture Master Plan will involve evaluation of six key strategy areas. These include:

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FAQs

Contact information 

Urban Agriculture

Start date: February 2016

Urban agriculture is considered the production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables, the raising of animals or cultivation of fish for consumption or sale within our urban areas.

Examples of topics that the public may want to explore, but are not limited to:

  • community gardening 
  • urban farmer’s market 
  • suitability of urban hen and beekeeping
  • reviewing the Animal Control Bylaw (564.1 KB)
  • for-profit urban farming 

For more information, visit the Urban Agriculture Strategy page.

Land Use and Development

Estimated start date: 2016

Land use outlines what kinds of activities can take place on different land types within the County.  Land use and development is regulated by the municipality through a number of plans and policy documents, including the Municipal Development Plan, Area Structure Plans and the Land Use Bylaw.  These documents will be reviewed and the suitability of different forms of agriculture in different areas will be evaluated. 

Examples of topics that the public may want to explore, but are not limited to:

  • soil conservation
  • agriculture in the industrial heartland
  • urban agriculture

Governance

Estimated start date: 2017

Governance, in regards to the Agriculture Master Plan, means that Strathcona County as an organization has the resources, capability and competencies to address and support agriculture in our community. It encompasses our ability to work cooperatively with both urban and rural residents and stakeholders, and strive for service excellence by understanding the needs of residents and activities involved in agriculture.

Examples of topics that the public may want to explore, but are not limited to:

  • creating innovation in our communications and public relations programs in agriculture
  • review of the County's Strategic Plan to be sure that agriculture is visible in our goals
  • evaluating the County's resources for Agriculture Master Plan strategy implementation

Food and Agriculture Sector Development

Estimated start date: 2018

This strategy area is about attracting new diverse enterprises, and building a support network to encourage current agriculture and food endeavors within Strathcona County.

Examples of topics that the public may want to explore, but are not limited to:

  • expansion of educational programming relating to agriculture
  • development of local food opportunities and the equine sector
  • formation of Agriculture and Food Leadership Institute to further the interests of agriculture

Agri-Tourism 

Estimated start date: 2019

Agri-tourism refers to the opportunity to discover agriculture through experiential education. 

Examples of topics that the public may want to explore, but are not limited to:

  • connecting with current agri-tourism operators
  • open market opportunities 

Agriculture Master Plan Review 

Estimated start date: 2020

Changes in agriculture are continuous and considerable, requiring a dynamic and proactive approach in response to emerging trends and opportunities. It is important that agriculture, in both urban and rural environments, is examined and that market opportunities are studied frequently to ensure successful enterprises are being supported and encouraged.

Key indicators will be developed through all of the strategies. These indicators will be summarized and evaluated in order to gauge our success and opportunities for improvement.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I be notified about the public consultation details?

Public consultation opportunities will be advertised on the Strathcona County website, the Sherwood Park News, and our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Please watch for details.

What are the next steps with the Agriculture Master Plan?

Our proposed timeline, subject to budget approvals, provides an outline of when each strategy area will be addressed. We are now developing detailed timelines for the Urban Agriculture Strategy. !https://www.strathcona.ca/files/images/gr-tas-agmasterplan-timeline-467×226.png(timeline table)!

What is the purpose of the Agriculture Master Plan?

Agriculture will play an important role in helping Strathcona County reach its vision of becoming Canada’s most livable community. The Agriculture Master Plan is an important first step in raising the awareness and recognition of the importance of agriculture in our community.

When will the public consultation process begin?

Public consultation is an important part of this implementation plan. The community will be very involved in all strategy areas. 


Public engagement has begun for the Urban Agriculture Strategy. Stakeholders will be contacted. Further public engagement will occur beginning mid March. Please stay tuned for further details.

For further information, please contact:

Transportation and Agriculture Services
Phone: 780-417-7100
Email: transportationandagriculture@strathcona.ca

Last updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
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