City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan
The ‘city centre’ area has long been an essential part of Spruce Grove’s community identity; however, over the past twenty plus years as the City has been experiencing substantial new growth the city centre has felt the exodus of businesses and vitality.
Spruce Grove’s Municipal Development Plan, in Section 5.3 City Centre, identifies the city centre’s revitalization as an important initiative within Spruce Grove, with the objective of creating the City Centre as a mixed use hub of activity with a distinct identity. The MDP specifically identified the need for an Area Redevelopment Plan to guide these efforts, and that it would focus on:
- Small-scale service oriented businesses targets primarily at the local population with a limited regional customer base
- Pedestrian orientation
- The use of streets as public spaces
- Civic and open space uses
- Mixed-use development, and
- Higher density residential development.
The City of Spruce Grove has engaged a land use consultant to review the city centre area, and to work with the community to figure out what the site’s future will be.
City Centre ARP Concept Overview
The City Centre ARP provides a framework to guide future redevelopment considering land use, mobility, urban design, building guidelines, and implementation.
The ARP concept defines new land use precincts that respect the existing commercial, institutional/recreational, and residential land use character are used to provide guidance toward a desired mixed-use future.
The major redevelopment initiatives proposed are summarized on the following map:
There are a number of background reports commissioned which look at specific issues as part of an overall plan. These background reports were prepared by Cushing Terrell Architecture Inc. and include the following:
- City Centre ARP Infrastructure Assessment Background Report #1 – August 2018
The purpose of this report is to assess the current City Centre infrastructure, evaluate the system capacities, service life and provide recommended upgrades and where required what the estimated costs could be for associated improvements/upgrades. These upgrades will increase the level of service of the City Centre for current and future development.
- City of Spruce Grove City Centre Parking Study – June 2018
As part of the ARP project it was identified that a parking study has not been completed in the City Centre area. This parking study provides a base line of current conditions.
- City Centre ARP Land Use and Urban Form Background Report #2 – August 2018
- The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of the directions and considerations upon which the final ARP document will be based.
- City Centre ARP Columbus Park Re-Envisioning Concept Plan Background Report #3 – August 2018
One of the primary tasks of the Area Redevelopment Plan is to explore a new use and design for Columbus Park. This document includes re-envisioning/repurposing concepts for the existing park.
- City Centre ARP Economic Benefits and Costs Background Report #4 – August 2018
This document provides an assessment and summary of the economic benefits and costs associated with the thoughtful and pragmatic implementation of the City Centre ARP recommendations.
Public Participation and Approval Process
Since project commencement in 2017, a series of public engagement activities have been undertaken that have include stakeholder consultations and community involvement activities. Engagement and consultation has included:
- In-person open house questionnaires
- On-line surveys
- Talk bubbles
- 200-person consumer intercept survey
- Open house “dotmocracy” and “stick-it-to-me” imagery panels
- Visioning sessions
- One-on-one cafe chat sessions
- Council Issues & Opportunities Workshop
- Design charrette with styrofoam massing and aerial photo “ideation”
- Christmas “Wish List”
- Outdoor Winter Fest design charrette
- High school surveys
October 15, 2018 - Committee of the Whole Presentation
The consultants, Cushing Terrell Architecture Inc., presented the City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan - Draft Concept to Council.
Wednesday, April 3 - City Centre Open House
Tuesday, April 23 - City Council meeting first reading
Monday, May 27
- Public Hearing for Bylaw C-1074-19 City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan
- Presentation for Public Hearing for Bylaw C-1074-19 City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan
Wednesday, June 26
Thursday, June 27
Monday, September 16 - Committee of the Whole presentation
- City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan Update
- What We Heard Report
- City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan Update Presentation
For more information
Mark Puczko, Senior Planner
780-962-7634 ext. 249