Agriculture Master Plan

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The Agriculture Master Plan is a made-in Strathcona County plan that fits the needs of our unique community. The plan addresses two questions: what is the future of agriculture in Strathcona County? And what strategies and policies are required to enable this future to be realized? It was awarded the 2016 Award for Planning Excellence by the Canadian Institute of Planners.

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Implementation Strategy

The Implementation Strategy outlines how Strathcona County intends to explore the recommendations in the Agriculture Master Plan. Implementation of the Agriculture Master Plan will involve evaluation of six key strategy areas. 

Urban agriculture

The Urban Agriculture Strategy was approved in 2016.

Our vision is that urban agriculture is easily accessed and seen in Strathcona County; it contributes to creating a healthy, liveable community by helping to grow food, relationships, and economy in our community.

For more information on the strategies seven focus areas visit the Urban Agriculture Strategy page.

Land use and development

In progress

Land use outlines what kinds of activities can take place on different land types within the County. Land use and development is regulated by the municipality through a number of plans and policy documents, including the Municipal Development Plan, Area Structure Plans and the Land Use Bylaw. These documents will be reviewed and the suitability of different forms of agriculture in different areas will be evaluated.

The update to the Municipal Development Plan included the review and evaluation of many land use and development potential actions.

For more information, visit the Municipal Development Plan Update page.

Governance

In progress

Governance, in regards to the Agriculture Master Plan, means that Strathcona County as an organization has the resources, capability and competencies to address and support agriculture in our community. It encompasses our ability to work cooperatively with both urban and rural residents and stakeholders, and strive for service excellence by understanding the needs of residents and activities involved in agriculture.

Examples of topics that may be explored include:

  • creating innovation in our communications and public relations programs in agriculture
  • review of the County’s Strategic Plan to be sure that agriculture is visible in our goals
  • evaluating the County’s resources for Agriculture Master Plan strategy implementation

Food and agriculture sector development

Estimated start date: TBD

This strategy area is about attracting new diverse enterprises, and building a support network to encourage current agriculture and food endeavours within Strathcona County.

Examples of topics that may be explored include:

  • expansion of educational programming relating to agriculture
  • development of local food opportunities and the equine sector
  • formation of Agriculture and Food Leadership Institute to further the interests of agriculture

Agri-tourism

In progress

Agri-tourism is one of the sectors currently being explored as Strathcona County develops a tourism product development plan.

Tourism has potential to attract and grow our primary sectors. It can enhance quality of life by creating a sense of place, which would support major employers in the area with talent attraction. It can also support the retail community and cultivate economic diversification.  

Agri-tourism refers to the opportunity to discover agriculture through experiential education. 

Examples of topics that may be explored include:

  • connecting with current agri-tourism operators
  • open market opportunities

Agriculture Master Plan review

Estimated start date: TBD

Changes in agriculture are continuous and considerable, requiring a dynamic and proactive approach in response to emerging trends and opportunities. It is important that agriculture, in both urban and rural environments, is examined and that market opportunities are studied frequently to ensure successful enterprises are being supported and encouraged.

Key indicators will be developed through all of the strategies. These indicators will be summarized and evaluated in order to gauge our success and opportunities for improvement.

Regional Agriculture Master Plan

The Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB) has developed a critical piece of the region's 2044 Growth Plan. The Regional Agriculture Master Plan (RAMP)will help our region's counties, towns and cities effectively plan for the future of agriculture and the agricultural sector.  

Agriculture has important historical, cultural, and economic roots in Strathcona County and the region, and is foundational to the region’s future. The RAMP is intended to provide policy direction to help manage land use for the future of the agriculture sector, ensure food security, attract investment and talent, create jobs, and build on our history to create even more economic potential for this Region with the growth of the agri-foods industry.

Strathcona County’s Agriculture Master Plan puts specific emphasis toward ensuring ongoing development of a land use framework supporting the long-term success of agriculture. Regional Agriculture Master Plan will help to inform this work on a regional level as well as in our own community.

EMRB consists of an elected official from each of the thirteen largest municipalities in the Edmonton Region, including Strathcona County.

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Last updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
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