Bremner and LEA Timeline
Technical studies are completed which assess various potential urban growth areas in Strathcona County.
Technical studies of growth options results in Strathcona County identifying the Bremner area as an “Urban Reserve Policy Area” in the Municipal Development Plan. The “Rural Urban Transition Area” known as Colchester, is also designated for growth.
The Province approves the Capital Region Growth Plan which includes the Bremner and Colchester areas as part of seven “Priority Growth Areas” across the region slating both of these areas for urban level development.
Council directs administration to investigate the Bremner area as one potential site for a new urban community
Council directs administration to commence preparation for the rural/urban transition area (Colchester) following the completion of the Bremner Urban Reserve Growth Management Strategy.
Council receives the Bremner Growth Management Strategy document for information.
Council receives the Colchester Growth Management Strategy document for information.
Council directs Administration to complete a matrix for the purpose of comparing Bremner and Colchester.
Council endorsed the Growth Management Strategy for the Urban Reserve Area (Bremner).
Council gave Bylaw 15-2016 third reading, approving and clearly identifying within the County’s Municipal Development Plan the inclusion of Bremner into the Urban Service Area of the County.
Council directed County administration to proceed with the completion of an Area Concept Plan for the Bremner area.
The Local Employment Area was first identified as a potential location for future development as part of the Transition Area Master Plan, where it was referred to as the Development Expansion Area.
The 1998 Municipal Development Plan continued to identify the area as the Development Expansion Area and included policies identifying the need to review the Transition Area Master Plan as well as develop Area Structure Plans.
In the 2007 Municipal Development Plan continued to be recognized as the Development Expansion Area and identified that Area Structure Plans were required prior to development.
The County began work on an Area Concept Plan specifically for the Development Expansion Area.
The Bremner Growth Management Strategy was completed and identified proposed access configurations off of Highway 16 which would impact the Development Expansion Area project. Given that a decision on the location of future urban growth had still not been determined, the Area Concept Plan was put on hold in 2015 pending the outcome of that decision.
The 2017 Municipal Development Plan renamed the Development Expansion Area as the Local Employment Area to coincide with the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan. By this time a decision from Council had been made to move forward with work on an Area Concept Plan for the Bremner Urban Reserve Policy Area. The Local Employment Area was included within the project scope to ensure planning and technical correlation between the two study areas.
Bremner and LEA Area Concept Plan
County administration began work on the Bremner and LEA Area Concept Plan.
On February 12, 2019, the Strathcona County Priorities Committee was given an overview of how the financial model functions for the Financial Viability Analysis and provided scenarios to evaluate financial variables. A link to the presentation can be found by clicking here.
On March 12, 2019, the Strathcona County Priorities Committee was provided a high level overview of the draft 3 documents as well as preliminary results of Phase 3 public engagement.
On April 16, 2019, the final drafts of the Bremner and LEA Area Concept Plan, Financial Viability Analysis, Phase Three Public Engagement Summary and technical documents were presented to the Strathcona County Priorities Committee for discussion.
On May 14, 2019, additional discussion on the final drafts of the Bremner Area Project took place at the Strathcona County Priorities Committee meeting.
On May 21, 2019, The Bremner and LEA Area Concept Plan was presented to Council for Public Hearing and first reading. The Bremner and LEA Area Concept Plan was given first reading. The Public Hearing provided an opportunity for members of the public to speak to Council on the proposed Area Concept Plan. A link to the presentation can be found by clicking here.
On September 10, 2019, the Bremner and LEA Area Concept Plan was given second and third reading and adopted by Strathcona County Council.