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The City of Grande Prairie, along with ISL Engineering and Land Services, is starting work on the preparation of an Area Structure Plan (ASP) for the land lying west and north of the Grande Prairie Airport. Area landowners, residents and other stakeholders will have key roles in the preparation of the ASP. The ASP is anticipated to take approximately one year to complete.
The ASP will provide a framework to guide long-term planning and future development of the area, which includes Hughes Lake, and the area adjacent to the Highway 43X bypass.
A comprehensive community engagement process will be undertaken throughout the preparation of the ASP to gather input and feedback from landowners, residents and other stakeholders. We will need your input to help inform the development of the vision, guiding principles and the land use concept that will be used to provide direction for the long-term.
The draft Area Structure Plan has now been written and is ready for final review and comments before it is presented to City Council. The draft plan was based on previous consultation with the landowners in the plan area, as well as a detailed technical analysis.
You are invited to attend a Public Open House (come-and-go format – no RSVP required) on:
Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Place: Ernie Radbourne Pavilion
There will also be a landowner session on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
The draft Hughes Lake Area Structure plan can be viewed here (PDF, 2.9 MB)
The draft Hughes Lake Design Guidelines can be viewed here (PDF, 2.4 MB)
Phase 2 is now complete. Options Review and Refinement/Draft Plan Preparation, and the City and ISL hosted engagement events for area landowners and residents in March.
The purpose of those sessions was to share two draft land use/road network options that were developed based on input gathered during the landowner workshop and public open house in November 2016.
Feedback gathered during this event helped the project team identify a preferred land use/road network option for the Plan area. The two draft land use/road network options can be viewed here. (PDF, 1.3Mb)
Between November and February, the City and ISL hosted several engagement events for area landowners, residents and other stakeholders. The purpose of the sessions was to gather feedback that will help inform and shape the creation of the vision, guiding principles and future land use concept for the Plan area.
The Phase 1 Engagement Summary can be viewed here (PDF, 4 MB).
Displays that were presented at the engagement session can be viewed here (PDF, 3.7 MB) (PDF, 5.5 MB).
Download the construction plan for the Highway 43X project (PDF, 2.4 MB)
Download the FAQ's for the Highway 43X project (PDF, 2.0 MB)
The next phase of the process, Phase 2 – Options Review and Refinement/Draft Plan Preparation, involves the project team incorporating technical information and feedback received during Phase 1 into developing a draft land use concept for the Plan area. Area landowners will have an opportunity to review and provide feedback on the draft land use concept in early 2017. This will be used as the basis for the preparation of the draft plan that will be shared in mid-2017.
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What is an Area Structure Plan?
An Area Structure Plan (ASP) provides direction for long-term land use and infrastructure planning of a defined area within a municipality. It is approved by City Council by bylaw, and is prepared in accordance with Section 633 of the Municipal Government Act which requires ASPs to describe:
• the sequence of development proposed for the area;
• the land uses proposed for the area, either generally or with respect to specific parts of the area;
• the density of population proposed for the area either generally or with respect to specific parts of the area;
• the general location of major transportation routes and public utilities; and
• may contain any other matters the City considers necessary.
Why is an Area Structure Plan needed?
The new ASP will provide detailed information specifically relating to future land use in the area to the west and north of the Grande Prairie airport. This will help to strategically guide future growth in this area. The community engagement process will involve input from landowners, residents and other stakeholders at key milestones throughout the duration of the project.
Does an Area Structure Plan affect my ability to continue to use my land as I am doing now?
The approval of the ASP will not affect current land use activities, and does not affect your taxes. It only addresses future development over the long term.
What happens after the Area Structure Plan is approved?
An ASP is a high level land use planning policy document that provides a concept of how a given area can be comprehensively developed over time. Once the ASP is adopted, Outline Plan applications and associated detailed engineering studies that are prepared by developers/landowners for individual parcels (generally a quarter section in size) can be submitted. These more detailed plans will only happen if they are initiated by landowners.
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