County looking to residents to help shape growth

By Staff

Sturgeon County – Residents have five opportunities over the next couple of weeks to help shape Sturgeon County’s direction over the next 30 years. As the County moves to the second stage of revisions to its Municipal Development Plan (MDP), it is looking for more public input in shaping that document.

Public engagement sessions held earlier this year allowed the County to draft a vision statement which captured residents’ vision of their community. The upcoming sessions are designed to determine the community’s values based on a variety of themes, including cultural vitality, responsible governance, social equity, economic health and environmental responsibility.

“It is vital that we hear the direct input of county residents to reflect their values for the long term,” said Sturgeon County’s Planning and Development Manager Collin Steffes, adding that all residents are invited to contribute their opinions at the upcoming sessions.

The County will hold three sessions next week: June 22 at the Coronado Hall, June 23 at the Calahoo Arena and June 24 at the Fedorah Hall. Each session will run from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Two sessions will be held June 29 at the Sturgeon Valley Golf Course. A drop in session will run from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., followed by a workshop from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sessions have already been held in Namao and Cardiff.

Sturgeon County anticipates it will take approximately two years to revise its Municipal Development Plan. However, a draft plan will be developed after all public engagement sessions are completed, at which time the public will be invited to provide additional feedback.

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