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Town of Okotoks Open House Tonight on Area Structure Plan Near D’Arcy Ranch

North Okotoks Area Structure Plan & Amendments to Northwest Okotoks Area Structure Plan

The Town is working in collaboration with United Communities, as the developer, to identify key planning principles and site features to be integrated into a cohesive land use concept for the subject lands.  Residents are encouraged to attend the upcoming open house for an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft land use concept.

This proposed Area Structure Plan amendment will apply to approximately 271 acres of land between Northridge Drive and the D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club.

Open House
April 22, 2015 
6-8 PM
Municipal Centre Council Chambers (5 Elizabeth St)

North Okotoks graphic webAt the Open House, information will be provided on these two projects:

Proposed Amendment to the Existing Northwest Okotoks Area Structure Plan  
This proposed Area Structure Plan amendment will apply to approximately 271 acres of land between Northridge Drive and the D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club. Additionally, the developer proposes to prepare an Outline Plan and undertake first phase land use amendments concurrently with the Area Structure Plan amendment.

Development of a New North Okotoks Area Structure Plan (NOASP)
This proposed Area Structure Plan includes approximately 153 acres of land east of Northridge Drive and north of Banister Gate. The developer proposes to prepare an Outline Plan and undertake first phase land use amendments concurrently with the development of the Area Structure Plan. This process will also consider the development potential of the quarter section immediately to the east of the proposed NOASP lands for context purposes as this land forms a logical part of this future North Okotoks neighbourhood and with the existing residential neighbourhood to the south. However, this land will not form part of the proposed Area Structure Plan as it is currently within the boundaries of the M.D. of Foothills and dependent on future annexation.

How Can You be Involved?

The Municipal Government Act mandates a meaningful public consultation process for the development of Area Structure Plans. Your involvement in upcoming events is welcome in contributing to the success of planning these developments. The schedule for upcoming public engagement includes:

  • A second public consultation event in mid-May 2015
  • A Public Open House in September/October 2015
  • A Public Hearing at a regular meeting of Council in November 2015

The Town will be hosting each of the planned public consultation and open house events. At each event, the developer (United Communities) and their consultants will be in attendance to hear and capture resident comments and to discuss these plans.

Throughout these two planning processes, the Town of Okotoks will keep residents informed of dates and venues for public engagement, other ways for residents to register comments and input (including web-based), and ongoing developments and decisions made by Council by way of future letters and public notices.

Background Information
What are Area Structure Plans, Outline Plans, and Land Use Amendments? 

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