North of Yellowhead Area Concept PlanBack to Urban and Regional Planning
Strathcona County, Alberta
Strathcona County is one of Alberta's few 'Specialized' municipalities, having both a rural and urban land base. Located north of Highway 16, the North of Yellowhead Plan area spans both the urban and rural services area east of the City of Edmonton. The area has a mixture of medium industrial, commercial, country residential agriculture and intensive horticulture land uses.
The North of Yellowhead Area Concept Plan (ACP) is a higher level area structure plan that provides a framework for future subdivision and development. Armin A. Preiksaitis & Associates Ltd. teamed with Associated Engineering Alberta and Gibbs & Brown Landscape Architects to produce the Plan over a 12-month period. The project was led by an Interdepartmental Management Committee.
The Plan area is unique because of a number of factors that impact the site Sherwood Park, CP and CN rail lines, the Oldman Creek, future Transportation/Utility Corridor, oil and gas pipelines, a heavy industry separation distance and a Heliport Approach Zone.
Throughout the process, community consultation was held with residents, property and business owners and other stakeholders using a newsletter, interviews, focus groups, roundtables and an open house. Prior to developing the final concept, the consulting team presented alternatives and invited comment from community members at roundtable workshops.
Policies were developed to encourage light and medium industrial development and to create a commercial node at a key gateway along Highway 16. Transportation policies addressed a number of issues, including access management, internal circulation, future highway interchanges and a truck bypass route. To reduce conflict between residential and industrial land uses, a buffer strip was recommended.
It was important to protect the environmentally sensitive areas along Oldman Creek, so a 'Greenway' was proposed. Existing wetlands and drainage courses will be integrated into future stormwater management where feasible.
Design guidelines were developed to control the appearance and quality of development along the Highway 16 and 21 corridors, as these are major intermunicipal gateways to Strathcona County and the City of Edmonton.
Client: Strathcona County
Completion Date: June 2003