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  • 1. TOWN OF HIGH RIVER January 26, 2012 G rowth M anagement S trategy 2 nd Public Open House High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 2. Introduction
    • Project team
    • Khalid Mohammed, Project Lead Policy Planner
    • Ian Fawcett, Senior Policy Planner
    • Fazeel Elahi, Current Planner
    Approximate presentation time: 20 minutes High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 3.
    • Provide information about the development, process and timeline of the Growth Management Strategy (GMS).
    • Provide summary of completed activities during the Pre-Consultation Phase 1.
    • Group discussion session.
    Purpose Purpose of this open house High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 4.
    • Purpose:
      • 1. The Act was proclaimed in October 2009, to implement the Land Use Framework.
      • 2. It created a regional planning process in Alberta.
      • 3. It divided the province into 7 regions based on river basins.
      • 4. Provide directions on developing a regional plan for each region.
    • Two key regional policy documents which provide guidance and direction to future development within the town:
    • 1. South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP)
    • 2. Calgary Metropolitan Plan (CMP)
    Background Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 5.
    • It establishes overall objectives for the region and outline a vision for the future of the region.
    • It authorizes the preparation of a sub-regional plan, e.g. Calgary Metropolitan Plan (CMP).
    • It provides directions and context for local plans within the region.
    • Implications
      • It is not optional
      • It supersedes local plans
    • Key Issues
      • Support higher-density development
      • Identify future growth areas
      • Support provincial priorities
      • Provide longer-term view
    Background South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 6.
    • It is the result of partnership of 15 member municipalities in the Calgary region.
    Background Calgary Metropolitan Plan (CMP)
  • 7.
    • It sets out population of 30,000 persons by 2030 for the town of High River.
    • Minimum 25% of new development to be in existing developed areas (infill).
    • Minimum density of 8-10 units per gross acre must be achieved in all new
    • development.
    • It encourages new development to be compact, mixed-use, walkable and connected.
    • It advocates integration of transit infrastructure.
    “ Think regionally... act locally ” Background Calgary Metropolitan Plan (CMP) High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 8. To ensure that High River fulfils its role as an anchor node in Southern Alberta, the province adjusted the town boundary by adding 1,769 acres of land effective January 1, 2012. The Town initiated the process of planning for future growth over the next 30 years through comprehensive GMS. The development of the GMS has been organized into five phases. Background High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 9. Public Consultation High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 10. Purpose of the pre-consultation process
    • Generate interest and dialogue on the GMS process.
    • Stimulate discussions on the key priorities to be included in the GMS.
    • Raise awareness and inform stakeholders about regional trends and important issues with respect to growth and growth management.
    • Introduce growth related information from the Metroquest project, Highway 2A Industrial Area Structure Plan, Intermunicipal Development Plan, etc.
    Pre-Consultation High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 11. GMS Planning Area High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 12. Completed pre-consultation activities Pre-Consultation On-going launched Nov 14, 2011 7. Facebook page 191 Total number of participants 30 Dec 7, 2011 6. 1 st Public open house and presentation 17 Nov 23, 2011 5. Presentation to the development industry 97 Nov 16, 2011 4. Presentations to Notre Dame Collegiate – Grade 11 & 12 classes 27 Nov 15, 2011 3. Presentation to Highwood High School –Grade 10 Class 10 Nov 14, 2011 2. Presentation to town Council 10 Oct 6, 2011 1. Meeting with town departmental managers Number of participants Date Events High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 13.
    • Town Plan review requires a Growth Management Strategy.
    • The GMS will form a critical background document for the town as it moves forward with future development.
    • Annexation and green areas in the town.
    • Different forms of growth.
    • Cost of growth.
    • Higher density.
    • Incorporation of smart growth principles.
    • Phase 1 has been completed.
    What did we talk about? Phase 1 pre-Consultation High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 14. What did we learn through the pre-consultation process? Pre-Consultation Results High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 15. Question to youth participants: “Looking 5 years ahead, what type of housing development would be the most appropriate for them?” Youth Perspectives Answer 81% of participants indicated that they would look for other housing types including apartment, townhouse, multi-plex and secondary suite 19% of participants noted that they would prefer to live in single detached homes Apartment – 49% Townhouse – 17% multi-plex – 11% secondary suite – 4% single detached home – 19% High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 16. Question to youth participants: “What would be the top five priorities that the town should address as it continues to grow?” Youth Perspectives Answer
      • 1. More recreational facilities
      • 2. Public transit and bike lanes
      • 3. More housing choices
      • 4. Walkable neighborhoods
      • 5. Protect environmentally sensitive areas
    High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 17.
    • Participants were excited that youth perspectives will be incorporated into the GMS and future planning process.
    • There is a need for more youth oriented centres that cater to the young generation’s interests and needs.
    • 81% of the participants agreed that they need different types of housing other than single detached homes.
    • Only 19% of the participants indicated that they would prefer to live in single detached dwellings.
    Lessons learned from the youth Youth Perspectives High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 18. Participants’ opinion in two development patterns – conventional and sustainable Public Opinion Survey 75% 9% 3% 47% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% sustainable development conventional development support oppose High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 19. Question to participants of the general public: “What would be the top five priorities that the town should address as the it continues to grow?” Public Opinion Survey 1. Provide more employment opportunities 2. Improve maintenance of roads, bridges, sewers & water mains 3. Protect environmentally sensitive areas 4. Maintain the ‘small town feel’ of the community 5. Create walkable neighbourhoods Answer High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 20. Lessons learned from the general public
    • Seventy-five percent (75%) of the participants supported the sustainable development option.
    • Nine percent (9%) of the participants supported the conventional development option.
    • Fort-seven percent (47%) of the participants were opposed to the conventional option.
    • Only three percent (3%) of the participants opposed the sustainable development option.
    Public Opinion Survey High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 21. Lessons learned from the development industry
    • The proposed sustainable development approach is attainable.
    • There is a need to have practical alternative engineering standards in place prior to implementing the new development approach.
    • Proactive engagement with the development industry is critical before and during the implementation plan.
    • The town must be a full partner in the process with the development industry.
    • Economic diversification study is required.
    Public Opinion Survey High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 22.
    • Responses to the GMS planning process are positive.
    • Participants were supportive of the key concepts of
    • how to manage future growth in High River.
    Conclusion High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 23. Four Lead Questions For Group Discussion Discussion Session High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 24.
    • T own residents often say they like the “small town feel” of High River.
    • W hat in your opinion are the defining characteristics of the “small town feel” and how should we try to preserve and enhance those characteristics in a plan for growth over the next 30 years?
    Question 1 Discussion Session High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 25.
    • S ome of the feedback we have received suggests that people would like to see “more walkable” communities in the future.
    • W hat does this mean to you and what sort of features should we try to provide in new communities to achieve this objective?
    Question 2 Discussion Session High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 26.
    • M unicipalities are being urged to reduce the footprint of new urban growth and to grow more sustainably. This implies consuming less land for major land uses (residential, recreation, commercial, industrial, institutional) and infrastructure (roads and utilities).
    • H ow should we achieve this?
    Question 3 Discussion Session High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 27.
    • W e know that the population in Canada is aging and also that High River is a valued location for retirees.
    • W hat sort of housing and community facilities do you think we should promote over the next 30 years for this sector of the population?
    Question 4 Discussion Session High River Growth Management Strategy
  • 28. Thank You for Your Participation