Agriculture Master Plan receives prestigious national award of excellence

July 7, 2016

Agriculture Master Plan receives prestigious national award of excellence

L,r: Agriculture Services Manager Joel Gould; President of Canadian Institute of Planners Hazel Christy; Mayor Roxanne Carr; Stantec Principal John Steil

 

Strathcona County’s Agriculture Master Plan has won a national 2016 Award for Planning Excellence.  Mayor Roxanne Carr accepted the award on behalf of the County at the Canadian Institute of Planners’ annual Awards for Planning Excellence on July 7 in Quebec City.  

“The Agriculture Master Plan gives our specialized municipality a vision and policy framework that will enhance our prospects for the food and agricultural industry long term,” says Mayor e Carr. “It provides a mechanism to decrease the fragmentation of prime agricultural lands. It is also a key element to fiscal sustainability, and a mechanism to encourage education and awareness in both rural and urban areas of our community.”

Being the first in the region, Strathcona County has supported other regional Counties in their efforts to implement agriculture master plans. 

“We continue to advocate strongly for the creation of a regional agriculture master plan that will result in preservation of food production lands and encourage agriculture business throughout the Capital region,” says Mayor Carr. 

One of only five awards bestowed this year, it is the most prestigious award an urban planning project can receive in Canada. The Agriculture Master Plan won within the rural / small town planning category, as “an example of changing the focus of land development from continued urban sprawl to recognition of the importance of sustainable agricultural economy.” 

The County is exploring the plan’s recommendations through six strategies.  It is currently developing the first strategy – urban agriculture. Residents are encouraged to get involved in ensuring agriculture fits the needs of their unique, specialized community.  

Strathcona County completed the Agriculture Master Plan in 2015 with Stantec and Toma & Bouma Management Consultants, to provide a long term priority for Agriculture. Stantec submitted the plan to the Canadian Institute of Planners for award consideration. The Canadian Institute of Planners annual Awards for Planning Excellence honour planning projects judged on their excellence, innovation, impact on the profession, implementation potential, and overall presentation.

For more information on Strathcona County’s Agriculture Master Plan

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of almost 96,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Contact:

Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595