South Shore Area Structure Plan

Welcome to the South Shore Area Structure Plan Page. The County of Stettler has prepared a Draft South Shore Area Structure Plan (Draft ASP) for the South Shore Growth Node. The Draft ASP is now available for public review and input.

On this page you will find:

  • Information about the Draft ASP and the various plans that apply to the South Shore Growth Node;
  • A copy of the Draft ASP that you can review and download; and
  • Upcoming opportunities to find out more about the Draft ASP, to ask questions and to provide your input.

Why has a new Plan been prepared?

The County has indicated a desire to leave the BLSSIDP, but recognizes the need to coordinate land uses and infrastructure with the Summer Village of Rochon Sands and the Summer Village of White Sands. The Draft South Shore ASP will provide this coordination.

The County of Stettler has found that the current Buffalo Lake South Shore Intermunicipal Development Plan (BLSSIDP) does not accommodate the types of development that the County is prepared to see in the area. The approach taken for development density in the current plan does not adequately account for recreational forms of development like RV parks and campground resorts.

Agreement to change the current plan with members of the BLSSIDP has not been achieved; therefore, the County is in the process of mediating their withdrawal from the Buffalo Lake South Shore Intermunicipal Development Plan.

In withdrawing from the current Plan, the County recognizes the need to have a replacement plan to guide the future development of the area in a manner that satisfies the requirements of the larger, Buffalo Lake Intermunicipal Development Plan. The Draft ASP fulfils this role.

The Draft South Shore Area Structure Plan is available for public review until May 17, 2021 and we wish to hear your thoughts.

The Summer Villages of Rochon Sands and White Sands have agreed to answer questions and collect feedback from Summer Village residents, in order to provide collective feedback on your behalf  to the County of Stettler. Please contact your Summer Village Municipal Office with your inquiries and to provide your collective feedback.

We encourage South Shore Community Association members to discuss the SSASP with their Association Executive so that these groups are aware of the needs and thoughts of their members

You are welcome to email your questions and comments about the Draft ASP to us. If you wish to discuss the Draft ASP and make your comments to County Planning staff over the phone you are welcome to call. Emails and phone calls can be directed to:

Jacinta Donovan, Director of Planning Services, 403-742-4441 x119; email jdonovan@stettlercounty.ca.

Location of the South Shore Growth Node

The full Growth Node defined by the Buffalo Lake Intermunicipal Development Plan (BLIDP) includes the area outlined below in orange, plus the two summer villages: Rochon Sands and White Sands. The southernmost boundary of the area shown on the map is Township Road 402.
SSASP Map

MATERIALS

The Draft South Shore Area Structure Plan is the document that will be considered for County Approval.

Register to Attend a Virtual Public Engagement Session - SSASP

We will host 3 Virtual Engagement Opportunities for Residential Citizens. Register is required (below) to attend one of these sessions. Everyone is welcome to attend but attendance will be capped to ensure we can properly listen to those in attendance. Due to Covid restrictions, we are unable to host large in-person events. All virtual sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the Stettler County You Tube Channel for later viewing.

  • Session 1: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 starting at 6:00 PM. REGISTER HERE 
  • Session 2: Thursday, April 29, 2021 starting at 1:30 PM. REGISTER HERE
  • Session 3: Thursday, April 29, 2021 starting at 6:00 PM. REGISTER HERE

Commercial Developers - Virtual Public Engagement Session - SSASP

We will host 1 Virtual Engagement Opportunity for Commercial Developments and Developers. Register below to attend this session. All virtual sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the Stettler County You Tube Channel for viewing.
  • Commercial Development Session: Wednesday, April 28 starting at 6:00 PM. REGISTER HERE 

Small Group Public Engagement Session - SSASP

These sessions are meant for those who do not have adequate internet access to attend a virtual event. This event will take place in Stettler, AB. Seating is very limited. Only one member per household please. Covid restrictions will be followed including mandatory mask usage. 
Call 403-742-4441 x1 to Register (Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM) for a seat at a small group session. Dates will be added when a session becomes full.
  • Monday, May 3, 2021 - AFTERNOON SESSION: 1:30 PM
  • Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - EVENING SESSION: 6:00 PM

Deadline for Comments and Next Steps in the Process

DEADLINES: If you wish to make comments on the Draft ASP, please attend a Virtual Public Engagement Session (registration required), a Small Group Public Engagement Session (Registration required), or provide written comments to your Summer Village office, your Community Association, or to Ms. Donovan, or you may phone in your comments as well. 
Deadline to submit feedback is Monday, May 17, 2021. After May 17, a summary of all input will be reviewed and changes may be made to the Draft ASP. The revised ASP will then be presented to County Council for their consideration. This starts with first reading of an adopting bylaw. The proposed plan and bylaw are then the subjects of further public notification and a formal public hearing before County Council. Dates for this process have not been set.
  • Deadline to submit your comments is Monday, May 17, 2021