The first phase of Sylvan Lake’s Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is now complete.
Town officials say this phase of the project focused on understanding the opportunities and issues that currently exist within the Sylvan Lake area and involved public and stakeholder engagements.
This, in addition to the review of background studies and reports for the eight municipalities that surround Sylvan Lake.
Officials say engagement during the first phase of the new IDP included a public open house, public survey, online interactive mapping, as well as a meeting with identified key stakeholder groups.
Key focus areas identified through the engagement process include protecting the environment and watershed and developing trails and outdoor recreation opportunities. Others include improving the ways people can access the lake and maintaining the character of the various communities in the area.
According to Town officials, The Sylvan Lake IDP will consider future land uses, environmental considerations, transportation and infrastructure, economic development and agriculture land use viability.
Phase two of the IDP project is planned to take the findings from engagement and background research to develop a draft plan and policy framework, resulting in coordinated growth and development between the partnering municipalities.
Further engagement opportunities however are still anticipated in late 2019.
To view the full What We Heard Report and more details about the Sylvan Lake IDP, visit sylvanlakeidp.ca.
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