Alberta's Industrial Heartland Area Structure Plan 

An Area Structure Plan is a statutory document that provides the detailed policy framework for the development of a specified area. Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Area Structure Plan 676/07 (ASP) is related specifically to Alberta’s Industrial Heartland District. It provides a framework specifically for industrial development and describes such things as planning parameters; development policies, controls, and standards; land use patterns; and utility servicing.

Download the Current Heartland Area Structure Plan 

Revising the AIH Area Structure Plan

The ASP was originally approved in 2001, and was revised in 2007 and in 2008. Since it has been more than 10 years since the last revision, in 2016 the process was begun to revise the Area Structure Plan to reflect changes in the region that will better align with Alberta's Industrial Heartland in neighboring counties, and in anticipation of upcoming changes to the Municipal Development Plan, the Land Use Bylaw and the Municipal Government Act (MGA).

The process for the ASP amendment has involved public engagement events, as well as direct consultation with residents of the Industrial Heartland area. Below you will find the documents provided by Stantec at public engagement events, as well as feedback received

Public Engagement Event - June 29, 2017

A Public Meeting was held on Thursday June 29, 2017 from 6-8 p.m at the Lamont Arena Meeting Room for the Lamont County Industrial Heartland Area Structure Plan (ASP) Update.

The following materials from the meeting, including project educational display boards, project timeline, a “what we heard/what we did” board, the draft proposed land use concept, and presentation slides, have been made available in PDF format for your reference.

Meeting Presentation
Meeting Boards
Educational Boards

Landowner Information Q&A Session - April 26, 2017

Landowners and residents of the Heartland Industrial Area were invited to a private question and answer session on April 26, 2017, in order to specifically address any concerns they may have about the new ASP and the amendment process. The slides used during this session are below.

April 26 Landowner Information/Q&A Session Presentation Slides

Public Meeting Engagement Event, March 2, 2017

The second public engagement meeting was held on March 2, 2017, at the Lamont Hall Meeting Room. The public was presented with progress made on the ASP, based on their feedback from the first meeting. Concerns were once again addressed and the public was again educated on what an ASP does and does not do. Presentation materials from that meeting are available below.

Public Meeting 2 Panels
Open House 2 Presentation Slides

Public Meeting Engagement Event - October 5, 2016

The first public engagement event was held on October 5, 2016. The public was presented with information on the current ASP, what an ASP is, what it does, and what it does not do, as well as the ASP amendment process and expected timeline. The meeting also gave the public opportunity to propose questions and concerns for planners to address during the process. All materials provided at this meeting are in PDF format for download, below.

Lamont Industrial Heartland Ortho map
Current Area Structure Plan
Glossary of Terms
Plan Context
Scope
Site Features
Timeline
What Is An ASP? - Part 1
What Is An ASP? - Part 2

Feedack Received

  • Landowners expressed frustration with current restrictions and concern with how changes to policy areas could affect ability of residents to enjoy property and resell
  • Feedback from first open house requested environmentally sensitive areas be identified like dark skies, Beaverhills biosphere, migration and animal patterns, habitat preservation
    • At second open house feedback was to remove environmentally sensitive areas from ASP concepts
      • Perception that identification of environmentally sensitive areas could restrict current farming activities, reduce property values and/or scare off industry.
  • ASP should reflect the current economic situation and growth potential
    • Industry has not come in the last 10 years
    • Light and Medium industrial use may be more feasible than Heavy Industrial
  • ASP needs transportation utility corridors
  • Align ASP with other adjacent Municipal Industrial Heartland ASPs
  • Concern over process and timing
  • Perception that land values are being affected by the designations within the ASP
  • Less heavy industry policy areas requested
  • Many preferred leaving the agriculture buffer and supporting agriculture industrial.
  • Continued clarification is needed to explain the difference between the ASP stage of planning and zoning / subdivision

DSCN1466