Planning and Development Services has received several inquiries in the past few years from residents and landowners regarding the potential for developing an event venue on rural land in Strathcona County. An event venue is not currently a listed use in any of the rural zoning districts of the County’s Land Use Bylaw. 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 type of 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).

If you are interested in discussing potential opportunity to develop a rural event venue on your property, please contact Planning and Development Services for more information.

Rural event venue project area

Map of the project area (147.4 KB)

rural event venue area map

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Radhika Brown
Planner II, Land Development Planning
Planning and Development Services
Phone: 780-417-7105

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Last updated: Friday, September 23, 2022
Page ID: 51146