What is an Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) and how is it used to guide development?
An Area Redevelopment Plan is a statutory plan that guides land use and development decisions over time. Alberta’s Municipal Government Act allows the City to adopt ARPs in order to provide a long-term vision for the future redevelopment of a specific geographic area.
What is the purpose of the City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP)?
The City Centre ARP will set a planning framework, based on community values and objectives, to provide a long-term vision for the future redevelopment of the city centre area. It will provide guidance on future land use and form in the area, and include an implementation plan to direct this work. Initially, this includes planning for future infrastructure upgrading and considering any required changes to the Land Use Bylaw that will help direct future development proposals.
How is the City developing this City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP)?
The City hired a consultant, Cushing Terrell Architects Inc., in September 2017 to prepare the City Centre ARP, which includes a review of the area, identifies challenges and opportunities, and provides a redevelopment vision and concept to work towards.
Is there a 'starting point' that defines what type of planning future is intended for redevelopment within the City Centre?
What opportunities are there to engage with the project?
Since this work began in 2017, the project team has consulted with stakeholders and the public to gather a range of ideas and input. There will continue to be public outreach during the final phases of planning in order to gather feedback on the proposed redevelopment concept and policy directions. The City will continue to communicate about upcoming engagement opportunities.
Why is a City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) happening now?
The City’s Municipal Development Plan (Section 5.3 City Centre) outlines the need for a City Centre ARP to help the area regain its social vibrancy and provide a distinct urban experience. This ARP will guide City Administration and landowners in achieving the vision for a mixed-use, pedestrian friendly area that offers a diverse and eclectic range of services.
When does the City plan to make a decision about these lands?
How are other city projects in the area being considered within this project (e.g. infrastructure upgrading, transit, Columbus Park revitalization, etc.)?
The city centre is the oldest part of Spruce Grove and the existing infrastructure will be reviewed to identify necessary upgrades to accommodate redevelopment. An implementation plan is also intended to define how infrastructure will be planned and upgraded over time. It is expected that these upgrades will include streetscape changes to make the area more pedestrian friendly and accommodate transit buses on McLeod Avenue. As a city centre that is focused on cultural and community events is desirable, upgrading Columbus Park to be a public gathering space that is flexible/suitable for hosting a wide range of events could help achieve this objective.
How are the Edmonton Metropolitan Region planning objectives influencing this local plan?
The City of Spruce Grove is within the Edmonton Metropolitan Region and its land use planning is required to conform to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan (EMRGP). Included in the EMRGP is an aspirational urban and sub-regional centres density target of 100 dwelling units per net residential hectare (du/nrha) that must be worked towards within the city centre (see ). This aspirational target requires the City to demonstrate how it is working towards this in its Municipal Development Plan and other statutory plans, including the City Centre ARP.
Are there streetscape and roadway changes proposed in the City Centre?
The existing streetscape, and possibly the road network, will need to be changed to accommodate greater mobility for pedestrians/cyclists, future transit and vehicular traffic. This will help ensure a satisfactory level of service is maintained for vehicles and provide residents who choose to walk/cycle with safe and efficient access to the area.
Will on-street parking change?
A city centre parking study indicated that it is sufficient for future development; however, improvements are needed to address future transit needs, as well as employee and customer utilization. It is anticipated that approximately 40 parking spaces along McLeod Avenue (between King Street and Queen Street) will be lost in order to accommodate transit buses, which are not compatible with angled parking.
How is the future transit system going to work in this area?
Planning of transit service, including timelines and future routes, is not part of this project. However, the consideration of how buses would best access and move through the area will be considered and may influence recommended outcomes.
What is the estimated timeline for the redevelopment of the City Centre lands?