Consultant to assess Sylvan Lake’s planning process

Town of Sylvan Lake is taking a hard look at its planning system to find ways to foster more commercial and industrial growth.

Town of Sylvan Lake is taking a hard look at its planning system to find ways to foster more commercial and industrial growth.

“We’ve had over the years frustrations expressed by the business community that they were receiving delays and having trouble basically developing in the town,” said Mayor Sean McIntyre.

A planning consultant has been brought in to assess the town’s planning processes to ensure it’s as efficient and effective as possible.

Winnipeg consultants McKay Finnigan and Associates will be in town on Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with local representatives. Local developers, landowners and others with a stake in development issues have been invited to a Wednesday morning meeting to provide input.

Council also plans to take another look at its Waterfront Redevelopment Area, which was established several years ago. Adopted along with it was a pattern book that outlines a consistent Cape Cod-like theme and height restrictions for new developments.

However, some developers have complained that the pattern book is too restrictive and has scared away development.

“That pattern books is definitely under review,” said McIntyre.

“There is nothing wrong with architectural guidelines when it comes to development. But certainly the pattern book is going to be scrutinized to make sure it is not holding back quality developments.”

To further spur development, council voted in its last budget to hold the line on non-residential taxes.

As well, the town is exploring suitable annexation targets to provide land for future residential and non-industrial growth.

“Council has essentially initiated a full review of our planning processes,” said McIntyre.

“We are really looking for ways that we can work with the business community to make sure our town is growing in a healthy way.”

pcowley@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Updated: SUV smashes through fences and deck in Anders

Driver taken to hospital after SUV veered off 30th Avenue into Anders

Red Deer’s new ‘equity co-ordinator’ will promote tolerance

Andrea Lacoursiere was hired by city with Alberta Human Rights funding

More bridge work this summer in Red Deer’s Coronation Park

The park’s north bridge is being rebuilt to ensure safety

Man badly injured in off-road vehicle collision on Saturday

Incident happened in Mountain View County about 10:50 p.m.

Heat warning in effect for Central Alberta

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Central Alberta. Residents in… Continue reading

CFIA inspects after video shows pigs crammed into B.C. transport truck

The video shows pigs piled on top of one another in a transport truck on a “sweltering” hot day last week

Lava crashes through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23

HONOLULU — An explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean sent… Continue reading

Banff holds blessing ceremony with Indigenous elders before letting bison roam

BANFF, Alta. — Several Indigenous elders were flown by helicopter into the… Continue reading

Research expedition looks at unseen depths of Labrador Sea ecosystem

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Last summer, a team of scientists returned from… Continue reading

Protesters camped outside Saskatchewan legislature taking province to court

REGINA — Protesters camped outside the Saskatchewan legislature say they are taking… Continue reading

British PM accepts key amendments from hardline Brexiteers

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday accepted amendments to… Continue reading

‘City of icebergs:’ Study says 100s of Arctic glaciers shrinking, disappearing

The statistics in her recently published paper say it all: hundreds of… Continue reading

U.S. hits back with WTO challenge against Canada’s retaliatory tariffs

OTTAWA — The United States fired back Monday at the Canadian government’s… Continue reading

Croatia gears up to give heroes’ welcome to World Cup team

ZAGREB, Croatia — Fans are pouring in from throughout the country as… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month