The Town of Stony Plain just got that much more attractive to potential commercial developers. Council approved a Commercial Infill Policy Monday evening that will expedite certain developments meeting the criteria of the policy.
“The Commercial Infill Policy is intended to target commercial vacant lands or underutilized commercial properties reducing development sprawl,” said Mayor Choy. “ The idea is developers will work with the Town to make developments happen in a timelier manner right from the permit application process to completion.”
First, the development must meet the objective of the policy. The proposed development needs to be commercial, use of existing property that is vacant or underutilized, services and infrastructure have to already exists, and most importantly the Town must see a benefit to the community.
If the commercial plan meets all of the requirements the policy can be accessed. The Town Manager will review the application to be eligible. Staff will address any barriers the development may encounter such as development permit fees, deferring offsite levies, parking requirements, etc.
“This is a proactive approach to encourage development in the community, benefiting the residents. This also speaks to the Town’s ongoing transparency,” says Brenda Otto, Economic Development Officer. “Stony Plain has identified the core of the community will be targeted for commercial redevelopment, also the Town must maintain its integrity while creating the most benefit possible for residents.”
Infill development was first identified as an economic opportunity for Stony Plain in the 2014-2017 Strategic Plan.
The Commercial Infill Policy will be reviewed by administration at least every four years with any changes being recommended to Council for approval.
The Commercial Infill Policy is available here