On August 15, 2016, Council approved an update to the City of Chestermere’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP) which sets out a 25-year vision for Chestermere’s future land use, infrastructure, and community services and facilities.
“After many public consultations and significant work by residents and staff, we have a valuable document that provides an updated roadmap for our City's future,” says Mayor Patricia Matthews. “We believe this update sets a strong vision for Chestermere to continue to be a dynamic, safe and family-oriented oasis far into the future.”
Staff began the process to update the City’s 2009 MDP by asking residents to share their thoughts about how Chestermere will look and feel during the next two decades. Community events, a resident working group, an online survey, an open house, sounding boards, and visioning sessions helped ensure the updated document reflects residents’ input.
After consulting with residents, City staff worked with community development experts to ensure the update also aligns with current legislation, considers the regional context, prioritizes sustainable development, and reduces environmental impacts, particularly for wetlands.
The final document consolidates all the research and consultation to describe a vision of Chestermere in 2040. With an expected population of over 50,000, the vision is one of a connected and natural environment where residents have safe access to parks, shops, and work. Streets and communities will encourage all forms of transportation (walking, biking, driving and transit) to reduce environmental impacts and allow residents to move more easily within and out of the City. Chestermere’s future neighbourhoods will also have a wider variety of housing options, more commercial development, improved neighbourhood designs, and better access to Chestermere’s parks and open spaces.
In addition to being a vibrant place to live, the MDP sets a vision of a thriving business community in Chestermere. To encourage business growth in Chestermere, commercial building size and storey limitations were updated, and all new communities will be required to incorporate commercial spaces.
“We are currently one of the best untapped business opportunities in the Calgary Region,” said Jean-Marc Lacasse, Chestermere’s Economic Development Manager. “The MDP updates make it easier and more appealing for new businesses to come and succeed in Chestermere.”
Now that the 2016 MDP is approved, City staff will focus on ensuring that all decisions and policies continue moving Chestermere towards the vision set out by the new plan.
A Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is required for all municipalities in Alberta with a population of more than 3,500. The City of Chestermere reviews the MDP annually and updates it approximately every five years. To read the full Municipal Development Plan and process, please visit www.chestermere.ca/mdpupdate.