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).
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).
Rural event venue project area
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.
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