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The Northern Lights Area Structure Plan will provide a long-term vision for development in the area. It is an essential step in planning for development in the area as it sets out the general concept for land uses and the provision of essential infrastructure. The process and the elements contained in the plan will be guided by the Scope of Work that was approved by the Community Growth Committee.
The plan was originally named the Northeast Industrial ASP as a placeholder until a more suitable name was chosen. The name Northern Lights ASP was chosen to reflect the unique northern character of the area and the colorful phenomenon that can be seen there.
The Guiding Principles are the concepts that will direct the development of the plan. These principles will influence the policies and designs contained in the plan.
Draft Development Concept
The Draft Development Concept is a potential development scenario for the plan area that was developed based on preliminary engineering work and refined through engagement with landowners. The concept will be refined through technical analysis.
The project will develop through 5 phases. The timing of the phases is approximate and subject to change.
• Background Research to collect and review existing information about the land
• Technical Review of existing master plans, environmental information, topography, etc.
• Workshop for landowners within the plan area to gather information about the history, challenges and opportunities for the land.
• Community Open House for other residents and any landowners unable to attend the Landowner Workshop.
Phase 2 will consist of a review and analysis of all the baseline information and input gathered at the landowner and public engagement sessions. From this review and analysis the project team will prepare a preferred future land use concept.
Once the preferred future land use concept has been determined the second round of landowner and public engagement will follow.
Once a preferred future land use concept has been selected by the project team, it will be presented to the Community Growth Committee for its input. Once this occurs, the ASP will be prepared in draft form.
The Final Draft ASP will be prepared based on the gathered information and input from the stakeholders.
There will be a Public Hearing where the plan will be presented and City Council will vote on whether to adopt it as a bylaw.
Any inquiries may be directed to NEIndustrialASP@CityofGP.com
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.
The new ASP will provide detailed information specifically relating to future land use in the northeastern area of the City. 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.
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.
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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