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70 attend Intermunicipal Development Plan open house

by Mikaela Kuefler

Residents residing near Edson were invited to
view the existing plans of the area surrounding the
Town of Edson to provide their input into the future
of the fringe area on May 17 at the Galloway
Station Museum. There were over 70 people who
"It was really well attended," said Lovatt
Planning Consultants Inc. Principal Olga Lovatt.
The IDP is an agreement between the two
municipalities, detailing what will be allowed for
future development in the area they meet, known as
the Edson Fringe Area.
"We're very fortunate to have enjoyed a positive,
collaborative relationship with Yellowhead County.
This is just a continuation with ensuring that in
those areas where we have development in both
jurisdictions bumping up against each other, that
we create the best possible dynamic for that to go
forward. We respect property owners in the Fringe
area to give them as much visibility into the future
as to what kind of opportunities and potential Over 70 residents residing near Edson attended the Edson Urban Fringe Area Planning open house
challenges exist for development in those areas," on May 17 at the Galloway Station Museum. photo Mikaela Kuefler
said Town Manager Mike Derricott.
"Once the IDP is approved and adopted, if anyone restricted because of the lack of road crossings on satisfied. The two municipality representatives and
wants to do any reconstructive plans or subdivide the CN line. The south central portion of the plan councilors were satisfied," said Lovatt.
land, they refer to the IDP to see what land use has area will be reduced. Access for much of the land "No one had any real issues with the plan itself
been proposed for that area," said Lovatt. north of Edson will not be impacted by the bypass. because not much has changed in the past 10 years.
Results from the survey were from the response Implications of future development also places It actually provides good management on our side
of 53 people. Over 40% voted on encouraging limitations of available well water, restricting the that we actually got it fairly well the first time.
residential growth in areas with municipal and development potential of the Town and the Town's There was a few small changes in the plan but
water services. Commercial growth in areas having piped water system. Well water is currently people weren't too concerned about that. I think
a majority of commercial facilities and services sufficient to accommodate the Town's needs but people were a little more concerned about the
tallied up to nearly 60%. Industrial growth was will need to be monitored and may not be suitable process because everyone wants to be heard and
encouraged to be closer to Edson with a vote of to support growth and expansion of the Town wants to be understood. When you have over 600
over 40%. New residential, commercial, and beyond 2025. The sanitary sewer may be extended residents that are affected and you only get about
industrial subdivisions should be located away into the west area, draining by gravity to the Town's 10% of the people attending the open house, that's
from environmentally sensitive areas or natural lagoon so that the southwest lands and land along fairly well represented. I don't think the public that
areas with a vote of nearly 80%. The consensus of HWY 16 west of the built up area of Edson can be was in attendance believe that was acceptable. I
having a new commercial or industrial subdivision serviced. think that was the only real issue that we had," said
should be close to similar existing developments Currently, Edson's land demand for residential is Yellowhead County Mayor Gerald Soroka.
fell just a few percent short. at 99.7 hectares, with industrial at 51.8 hectares, Part two of the Edson Urban Fringe Area
Implications for future development south of community service at 37.9 hectares, and Planning Open House is on August 16.
highway 16 found that much of the south east flat commercial at 35.9 hectares. Edson has 299.1
area may support intense forms of development. residential hectares available, 58.95 commercial
Low intensity development is feasible in the Town hectares available, and 203.45 industrial hectares EDSON DRY CLEANERS
south of CN where the muskeg is not too deep. available.
Much of that land is already cleared. "It is really important for us that as we are
The high and sloping treed land straddling Ansel planning our transportation network and servicing
Road provides development opportunities and that our water and sewer that the growth, roads, water FOR RENT
there is a amenity value of the area. Lands one mile and sewer future plans match up with potential
west of Edson also appear developable. types of development. If we do it well, as both Approx.
Unfortunately, low lying areas and a slough jurisdictions continue to move forward, then the
constrain development further west to the plan area flow can be harmonious. When we miss sometimes
1,000 sq. ft.
boundary. we find that those friction points become pretty 1,000 sq. ft.
Implications for future development north of visible because we gets types of development
110 - 50 Street
highway 16 found that land located between the across the road from each other that don't match up 110 - 50 Street
McLeod River and Bench Creek are developable, very well. Those are the types of situations that
including land west to highway 748. ultimately can be designed to mitigate those risks,"
Unfortunately, the area in the north-western area said Derricott.
of the fringe is not suitable for development. People inquired as to the effect of pipelines on the
Land located north of HWY 16 is suitable for land. "We recognize pipelines. We just have to 780-517-2727
development with home occupations and home design around them. We're talking about a very
industries. Lands on the north side of HWY 16 (in high level of planning," said Lovatt. (David)
the west IDP area) are suited for continued "I think it went quite well. Everyone seemed
industrial business and
commercial infill.
Developable land south EDSON FAMILY DENTISTRY
of the highway new the
McLeod River should not
extend west of Ansel ACCEPTING
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