Wye School Replacement
On March 21, 2017, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) and the Alberta government announced Wye elementary school has been approved for a replacement (K-6) school in the Heritage Hills area in Sherwood Park.
EIPS has committed to working closely with the provincial government and Strathcona County to plan for the new school.
EIPS has chosen the designated school site located immediately north of Heritage Drive (combination of Lot 70MR Block 303 and Lot 204MR Block 303) in the Heritage Hills subdivision of Sherwood Park. Visit the EIPS Wye School Replacement project page for more information.
Updated information will be posted on this website, as it becomes available. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Strathcona County's role with the Wye School Replacement? Permanent link to What is Strathcona County's role with the Wye School Replacement?
In planning municipal land use, Strathcona County sets aside specific parcels of land that are held in reserve for schools. When a school authority plans to build a new school facility, consultations are held with the County to choose the most appropriate location based on anticipated population growth, size of the school and access to utilities. The identified lands in Heritage Hills were subdivided and zoned PS – Public Service in 1985 to specifically to accommodate a school in the future.
The school authority (EIPS, in this case) examines all the information provided and then makes its decision.
2. Where will the school be located? Permanent link to Where will the school be located?
Elk Island Public School Board (EIPS) has selected the designated school site located immediately north of Heritage Drive (combination of Lot 70MR Block 303 and Lot 204MR Block 303). The school will be built on the east side of the property.
3. What is the current status of the permitting process? Permanent link to What is the current status of the permitting process?
Strathcona County approved the development permit on August 24, 2018.
The next step in the process is for the Elk Island Public School Board to select a builder, who would then apply for the necessary building permit.
4. When is construction expected to begin? Permanent link to When is construction expected to begin?
School construction activities, led by the Elk Island Public School Board, are expected to begin in summer, 2018; once permits are approved.
Beginning early June, Strathcona County crews prepared the construction site by:
- dismantling the boarded outdoor rink and playground swings (stored for future use)
- removing softball diamond shale for use in other locations.
The sports fields and diamond were available for use until June 30, 2018, as part of the agreement with the school board. The playground at Heritage Hills Park will continue to be available to residents (except for the swings).
5. What was considered when creating the Heritage Hills Park Space conceptual drawing? Permanent link to What was considered when creating the Heritage Hills Park Space conceptual drawing?
Strathcona County is making every effort to ensure members of the Heritage Hills community continue to have access to important recreational amenities and green space. The park space conceptual drawing considers the placement of supportive outdoor recreation amenities the school and community may need. The Heritage Hills Park Space conceptual drawing outlines the planned locations for outdoor amenities such as the outdoor boarded rink, soccer pitches, and playgrounds for the available park space.
6. What recreational opportunities will be available during construction? Permanent link to What recreational opportunities will be available during construction?
Strathcona County is making every effort to ensire members of the Heritage Hills community continue to have access to important recreational amentities and green space.
During construction, Strathcona County is providing the following recreational amenitities for residents to enjoy:
- temporary fenced dog off-leash area on the south side of Heritage Hills Drive (opening in early June)
- temporary non-boarded snowbank rink on the sports field for skating this winter
- playground will continue to be available to residents (except the swings which will be stored for future use
The sports fields and diamond will continue to be available until June 30, 2018, as part of the agreement with the school board.
A Heritage Hills Park Site Plan map will be available to residents in early June, once the Elk Island Public School Board's permits are approved. This site plan includes information about the planned on-site amenities that are important to the Heritage Hills community, including the outdoor boarded rink, dog off-leash area and playground.
7. Why were recreational amenities built on land designated for future school use? Permanent link to Why were recreational amenities built on land designated for future school use?
The Heritage Hills site was subdivided and zoned in 1985 to accommodate possible school sites.
As it takes some time for enrolment numbers and funding to come together to trigger the need for a school to be constructed, Strathcona County has used the space for the past 32 years to provide recreational opportunities for the community.
8. When will the school be constructed? Permanent link to When will the school be constructed?
EIPS anticipates construction will be completed in January 2020, pending approvals. Please contact EIPS for details.
9. What will the school look like? Permanent link to What will the school look like?
This will be determined by EIPS. Please contact EIPS for any specific questions related to the proposed school site and school site features.
10. What is going to happen to traffic in the area? Permanent link to What is going to happen to traffic in the area?
As part of the development permitting process, EIPS will be required to submit a traffic impact assessment to the County that addresses items including, but not limited, to bussing, parent drop-off, parking, etc. Strathcona County works closely with the school board to ensure proper traffic management is in place for school sites. Please contact EIPS for any questions specific to bussing and transportation.
11. How is information being shared? Permanent link to How is information being shared?
Strathcona County continues to work closely with the Elk Island Public School Board during the planning and construction of the new Wye Elementary School at Heritage Hills Park.
As information becomes available, Strathcona County will post updates on this website. Information may also be shared via the following methods:
- Mailout to residents bordering the Heritage Hills Park (first week of June)
- On-site signage highlighting the Heritage Hills Park Site Plan (early June)
- Email updates, in partnership with the Elk Island Public School Board
- Website updates (on-going)
- Information release, social media posts
Strathcona County continutes to work closely with the Sherwood Park Minor Softball Association and the Sherwood Park District Soccer Association to accomodate sports bookings and future planning.
Questions relating to the recreational amentities can be directed to Strathcona County at 780-467-2211
Questions relating to the school construction can be directed to Elk Island Public School Board at 780-464-3477, or visit their website.
Further information relating to EIPS’s role in the planning and construction of the Wye School replacement are listed on the EIPS website.
Questions about land use?
Please contact Planning and Development Services