Residents welcome to provide input on draft urban agriculture strategy

September 20, 2016

Residents welcome to provide input on draft urban agriculture strategy

From backyard hens pilot, to keeping livestock in town, to school gardens - have your say

Residents are invited to attend one of three open houses for an in-depth look at the draft urban agriculture strategy, and an opportunity to provide feedback. Those unable to attend will be able to complete an in-depth online survey.

Have your say on proposed actions such as establishing up to 10 new public community gardens per year over the next few years to reach a rate of one garden per 1,000 urban residents; and gardens at every elementary school in the County.

The draft strategy also includes recommendations on the Animal Control Bylaw and keeping livestock in urban areas. Have your say on proposed actions including bee habitats, a backyard hens pilot and development of an alternative pet bylaw that could allow for small-breed animals and livestock as pets in urban areas. 

Open house dates and locations

  • Wednesday, September 28, 4 – 8 p.m.
    Antler Lake Hall, 1A 52343 Range Road 211, Antler Lake
    RSVP
  • Thursday, September 29, 4 – 8 p.m.
    Sherwood Park Log Cabin, 50 Spruce Avenue, Sherwood Park 
    RSVP
  • Thursday, October 6, 4 – 8 p.m.
    Meeting Room 1, Community Centre, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park
    RSVP
  • Can’t visit us in person? An in-depth survey will be available soon

Open houses are drop-in. Attendees are asked to RSVP to help the project team prepare.

The open houses will have stations for each of the seven topic areas within the draft strategy. Topic areas are: 

  • community gardens
  • public agriculture and edible landscaping
  • urban farms
  • school agriculture program
  • urban livestock
  • home gardens
  • education and coordination

The County is looking to confirm the draft strategy recommendations reflect what was heard during public engagement held through April to August.

The first two phases of public engagement involved gathering feedback. In phase one, over 2,200 County residents provided almost 9,000 ideas on what urban agriculture should look like in our community. In phase two, further stakeholder feedback helped refine the draft strategy.

The Animal Control Bylaw is being reviewed as part of the Urban Agriculture Strategy. Topics explored as part of the strategy, such as the raising of chickens, bees, rabbits and small-breed animals and livestock as pets within our urban areas, may require changes to the bylaw. Once the Urban Agriculture Strategy has been presented to Council for approval, next steps could include revisions to the Animal Control Bylaw or the creation of new bylaws.

More information and to sign up for the urban agriculture e-newsletter

 

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