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Acheson Area Structure Plan
Update - April 2, 2013
Click HERE for an open letter to Parkland County residents, businesses and landowners regarding the Acheson Area Structure Plan and the Capital Region Board.
Capital Region Board Referral update - February 14, 2013
During the meeting of February 14, 2013, the Capital Region Board voted against approving the Acheson Area Structure Plan and the amendments to the Municipal Development Plan.
Click HERE to read the news release issued on this decision.
Click HERE to review the CRB Decision Letter regarding Acheson.
Click HERE to review the Parkland County presentation to the Capital Region Board.
Click HERE for information on how to contact the Honourable Doug Griffiths, Minister of Municipal Affairs, with your concerns regarding the Capital Region Board and the decision of the Acheson Area Structure Plan.
Capital Region Board Referral update
The frustration of Mayor Rod Shaigec was evident after a telephone conference call on January 15, 2013, when a single vote against the proposed new Acheson Area Structure Plan (ASP) is forcing the County to go through another level of review by the Capital Region Board.
Both the Board Administration and the third party independent consultant recommended to the CAO subcommittee that the Acheson ASP be approved. In their recommendation, they confirmed the ASP complied with all the requirements of the Capital Region Growth Plan. Despite this recommendation, the City Manager for the City of Edmonton voted against approving the plan.
Parkland County has reviewed the concerns expressed by the City of Edmonton and do not feel the concerns are sufficient for refusal by the Board. The ASP complies with the Capital Region Growth Plan, it has received Board Administration approval, and it allows for future collaboration and discussion with our stakeholders on areas of mutual concern, including Osborne Acres, the Wagner Natural Area, the City of Spruce Grove, and the City of Edmonton.
Capital Region Board Referrals
Under the Capital Region Board Regulations, Parkland County is required to submit land use planning documents, including area structure plans, to the Capital Region Board (CRB). The plans are reviewed by the Board Administration and an independent third party, who provide recommendations to the Chief Administrative Officers (CAO) Subcommittee whether to approve or not approve the document.
The CAO Subcommittee consists of the city and county managers for the regional municipalities. According to Capital Region Board procedures, the plan can be approved if there is unanimous consent at the CAO level. In the case of the Acheson ASP, the CAO for the City of Edmonton voted against the plan, forcing it to go to the Board.
Review of the Acheson Area Structure Plan
The Acheson Area Structure Plan will be before the Capital Region Board for its review on Thursday, February 14, 2013. According to the Capital Region Board Regulations, decisions requiring a vote must be supported by at least 17 representatives of the 24 municipalities that, collectively, have at least 75% of the population in the Capital Region. By virtue of population alone, should the City of Edmonton be the only vote against the Acheson ASP, the plan will be defeated.
More information on the Capital Region Board and the referral process can be found on the Board’s website at http://capitalregionboard.ab.ca/framework.
Updated October 10, 2012
• Proposed Bylaw 32-2012 to adopt the Acheson Area Structure Plan
• Proposed Bylaw 33-2012 amendments to the Municipal Development Plan Bylaw 37-2007.
Proposed bylaws and supporting documentation can be found by clicking on the links below:
Proposed Bylaw 32-2012 (new Acheson Industrial Area Structure Plan)
- Bylaw 32-2012
- Draft Acheson Industrial Area Structure Plan (2012)
- Draft Acheson Industrial Area Structure Plan (2012) LOW RES
- Bylaw 20-97 Acheson industrial Area Structure Plan(existing)
- Administrative Report
Proposed Bylaw 33-2012 (amendments to Municipal Development Plan Bylaw 37-2007)
- Bylaw 33-2012
- Schedule A- Revised MDP Map 2 Land Use Concept Map.
- Schedule B- Revised MDP Map 3 Parkland County Area Structure Plans.
- Schedule C- Revised MDP Map 11-1 City of Spruce Grove Fringe Areas.
The Area Structure Plan:
- establishes a future land concept for the Acheson area;
- establishes policies to guide development timing in Acheson;
- supports high quality and serviced industrial and commercial development;
- establishes policies to minimize impacts on residential and other non-industrial areas; and,
- establishes policies to protect the environment, and the Wagner Natural Area.
For more information, contact the Planning and Development Department at 780-968-8888