Town seeking residents’ feedback in planning process
Mark your calendars!
The Town of Stony Plain is hosting a series of public conversations and discussions about important issues within local neighbourhoods that are expected to face significant change(s) in the next 20 years. Such change is inevitable; it is a natural result of rapidly growing communities like Stony Plain – a town designated a high-growth area within the Capital Region.
As residents committed to preserving the important attributes of your neighbourhoods – and the community as a whole, while ensuring adequate planning, resources and amenities for the future, you want to be involved in what the Stony Plain of tomorrow will look like. Think about areas or uses that give the neighbourhood its unique identity – the type and style of architecture, buildings and new development; land use; amenities; parks, trails and green spaces; heritage; connectivity or other aspects that should be maintained or included.
The Town is hosting three public engagement sessions, expanding on the successful community summer parties held this summer. These events take place in Council Chambers in the Town Office (4905 – 51 Ave.) on Nov. 21, 29 and Dec. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. each evening. Residents are also encouraged to take photos of neighbourhood features they believe should be preserved or included in planning processes and upload them at uniquelystonyplain.com.
The Town hosted several community parties in different neighbourhoods this summer, to gather residents’ input on what they like about Stony Plain and their ideas, opinions and dreams for the town’s future. The objective was to engage with residents as part of the Town’s process in updating its Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Community Sustainability Plan (CSP) – a long-term strategy that will guide Stony Plain over the next 30 years. The Town created a vision statement based, in part, on public input provided at these parties.
- We are a community: As Stony Plain has grown, progressed and prospered over time, we have maintained the strong sense of belonging, friendliness and characteristics that originally made us such a great small town. It feels like home, because it is safe and healthy; because we celebrate our culture; and because we have a high level of parks, amenities, events and services. Stony Plain, and its neighbourhoods, are attractive, well-maintained and have their own character. Our community is welcoming, inclusive, close-knit and connected – physically and socially.
- We are more environmentally friendly: We have integrated our social, environmental and economic goals to reinforce environmental protection and manage our environmental footprint. Stony Plain is a compact community, with a mix of uses and an interconnected network of active forms of transportation, including an extensive trail system. We have housing choices for all. We retain, and have fostered, our connections to agriculture.
- We have economic opportunity: Our residential growth has been complemented by growth in our cultural, institutional, industrial and commercial sectors. Not only are a broader range of services available to residents and visitors, there is a strong local business community that provides many employment opportunities in Stony Plain. Our historic downtown thrives and remains the heart of the community. We are committed to growing new commercial and industrial opportunities in appropriate locations.
- We have responsive governance: Based on our shared vision, Stony Plain has a strong connection between the municipality and an engaged community. Council creatively, and carefully, manages development consistent with our community values. Council makes wise choices for effective use of our resources and delivers infrastructure, municipal and recreational services, within our financial capacity, to all the community – from the young to the elderly. We work cooperatively with our neighbours and regional partners.
About the MDP and CSP
The Town is mandated by the Province to have an MDP, which establishes the vision for the community; outlines policies and principles to accommodate growth responsibly; and provides direction to Council, administration, developers, property owners, businesses, organizations, citizens and adjacent municipalities for managing development within the community. Last revised in 2005, the Town’s MDP incorporates a holistic approach, balancing land use priorities with cultural, social, environmental and economic dimensions of the community – in order to achieve long-term prosperity for present and future residents. While the plan addresses issues pertaining to land use, it also considers key matters pertaining to sustainability and quality of life.
In 2007, Council adopted the Community Sustainability Plan, a three-year strategy with key action steps in four areas. This plan expired in 2010 and is now being updated and incorporated into the MDP.