City begins Growth Study public engagement process

City begins Growth Study public engagement process

Citizens and affected landowners invited to provide input on future growth

A community engagement process to share information and gather feedback on the City's Growth Study will get underway in the coming weeks.

The study, which was accepted as information by Spruce Grove City Council in December 2016, determines how much land will be required to accommodate future growth over the next 50 years and identifies recommended expansion areas within Parkland County and the Town of Stony Plain to accommodate that growth.

"The City's growth over the past 10 years has been unprecedented, resulting in much higher rates of land development than ever anticipated," said Mayor Stuart Houston. "Spruce Grove recently ranked ninth among the fastest growing municipalities in Canada between 2011 and 2016 with population growth exceeding 30 per cent."

The City is proposing to expand its boundaries by 1,426 gross hectares (22.5 quarter sections) in order to meet its future residential, commercial, industrial and institutional growth needs for the next 50 years, which is based on the findings from the Growth Study.

Public open houses have been scheduled for May 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and May 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Jen-Col/Zender Ford rooms at the Border Paving Athletic Centre, located at 9 Tri Leisure Way. The project team will be on hand to present key growth study information and gather feedback from affected landowners and the public.

Furthermore, meetings with Parkland County, the Town of Stony Plain and other targeted stakeholders, such as Alberta Transportation, school boards, and utility and service providers will be held in the coming weeks and months.

"We certainly want to hear from community members and potentially impacted landowners who have questions or concerns about this study," said Corey Levasseur, General Manager of Planning and Infrastructure. "This is an open and transparent process and we welcome the opportunity to answer any questions that people may have about this boundary adjustment."

The Growth Study project, which began in April 2015, was undertaken by ISL Engineering and Land Services, CORVUS Business Advisors and Metro Economics. It looked at Spruce Grove's long-term growth objectives, the type of growth contemplated and provides rationale for that growth.

For more information visit www.sprucegrove.org/growthstudy. Community members who wish to provide feedback outside of an open house can also send an email to growth@sprucegrove.org Email or complete an online feedback form External.