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Area Structure Plan

Alberta's Industrial Heartland Area Structure Plan 

Heartland Area Structure Plan (amended May 2018)

Lamont County Land Use Bylaw 848.22

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.

During the May 8, 2018 council meeting, 2nd and 3rd readings were held for the ASP and associated LUB and MDP amendments. The final approved documents are below:

Excerpts from the Industrial Heartland Area Structure Plan (2007)
Land Use Bylaw Amendments (2018)
Municipal Development Plan Amendments (2018)

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 - December 6, 2017

The fourth public meeting for the Lamont County Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Area Structure Plan (ASP) Update Project occurred in Lamont on December 6, 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to gather feedback on the draft Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB) amendments for the ASP update project.

Feedback relating to the proposed amendments will contribute to the development of an updated ASP, MDP, and LUB that can move forward for Public Hearing and Council consideration. Informational boards and a presentation can be viewed below or requested from the planning department:

Public Meeting #4 Boards
Public Meeting #4 Presentation

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 can be requested from the planning department

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 can be requested from the planning department

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 can be requested from the planning department.

Lamont Industrial Heartland Ortho map
AIH Area Structure Plan
Glossary of Terms
Plan Context
Site Features
What is an ASP? - Part 1
What is an ASP? - Part 2

Feedback 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, Beaver Hills 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.