The purpose of the Rural Event Venue Project is to evaluate the possibility of adding a potential rural event venue use to the Land Use Bylaw.

A rural event venue may fit within the objectives and policy of the County’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP) on the basis of it being oriented to agri-tourism or nature-based tourism in the Agriculture Large Holdings, Agriculture Small Holdings and Beaver Hills Policy Areas of the County. However, there are some land use challenges associated with adding this use to the Land Use Bylaw such as the size of venues, potential impacts on adjacent landowners (nuisance, traffic, etc.), provision of adequate servicing and so on (for a more detailed list, please see FAQs below).

Project update

The Regional Agricultural Master Plan (RAMP) was recently approved by the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB) and will come into effect pending provincial approval. As Strathcona County is a member of the EMRB, it is guided by regional policy such as RAMP.

The County is reviewing its current policies and regulations as well as the direction of the Rural Event Venue Project for alignment with RAMP. Once this review is completed, the public will be informed of the results through an update to the website and through the e-newsletter for this project (you can subscribe to the e-newsletter below).

Last modified: Dec. 30, 2021, 1:52 p.m.

Rural event venue project area

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rural event venue area map

Public engagement

Public input is an important component of County-led projects. On February 27, 2020, the County held a public open house to obtain input/feedback on the type and scale of event venues that may be appropriate in rural Strathcona County.

Keep up with the latest project news by signing up for our e-newsletter below. Should any additional public engagement opportunities arise, these will be outlined in the e-newsletter and on this page.

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Radhika Brown
Planner II, Land Development Planning
Planning and Development Services
Phone: 780-417-7105
Email: radhika.brown@strathcona.ca

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Last updated: Thursday, December 30, 2021
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