Bonanza Area Structure Plan

Saddle Hills County has engaged ISL Engineering to prepare an Area Structure Plan (ASP) for the area surrounding the community of Bonanza. The purpose of the plan is to help guide long-term future growth and development in the area. The project needs your input to make sure the plan is reflective of what the community wants and needs.

This ASP has the opportunity to address topics in the plan area such as:

  • Promoting Bonanza as a future growth area
  • Protecting the community water source
  • Maintaining and promoting the long-term sustainability of the community
  • Protecting the quality of life for existing residents and acreage owners
  • Minimizing conflicts between agricultural and non-agricultural land uses
  • Addressing Confined Feeding Operations (CFOs) in the area

Join the project team on May 27, 2021 at 6:30 PM at an online learning and Q&A session to learn more about the project and ask questions from the project team or complete the online survey, open between May 13 to June 10, 2021. You can also contact the County office to receive hard copies of materials and the survey.

What is an Area Structure Plan (ASP)?

An Area Structure Plan or ASP is a long-term policy document that describes:

  • Proposed land uses
  • Density of population
  • General location of major roadways and public utilities

Where is the ASP being developed?

The plan area includes approximately 42 sections of land that surrounds the community of Bonanza.

Image of area covered by ASP

Why is an ASP being developed in Bonanza?

The plan area is considered a future growth area in Saddle Hills County’s Municipal Development Plan or MDP, and as such, is recommended to have an ASP prepared for the area in order to protect existing residents’ quality of life and to ensure economic growth happens with the full participation/inclusion of the local residents and businesses in the process.

This ASP has the opportunity to address topics in the plan area such as:

  • Promoting Bonanza as a future growth area
  • Protecting the community water source
  • Maintaining and promoting the long-term sustainability of the community
  • Protecting the quality of life for existing residents and acreage owners
  • Minimizing conflicts between agricultural and non-agricultural land use
  • Addressing Confined Feeding Operations (CFOs) in the area

The ASP will be developed in collaboration with landowners, stakeholders and the public to ensure the plan reflects the unique needs of the area. Opportunities to provide input will be provided throughout the planning process. Visit the website to learn more and stay updated on the project.

How can I get involved in the development of the Bonanza ASP?

The development of the ASP will be informed by landowner, stakeholder and public input and opportunities will be provided to gather input throughout the project. It is important that the ASP is reflective of the needs and desires of those who it will impact the most.

Phase 1 of engagement began in May 2021.

Imaghe of phases

Phase 1 Engagement

In Phase 1, we are gathering feedback on your vision for the plan area. We want to learn from you about what is important when thinking about the future of the area and what is important for the project team to consider in the development of the ASP.

You can get involved by:

  • Attending a virtual learning and Q&A session with the project team
  • Completing the online survey

Does an Area Structure Plan affect my ability to continue to use my land as I am doing now?

The preparation and anticipated approval of the ASP will not affect current land use activities and does not affect your taxes. It only addresses future development over the long term.

If the ASP is approved, what happens next?

An ASP is a high-level land use planning policy document that provides a concept of how a given area can be comprehensively developed over time. Should the ASP be approved by County Council, nothing occurs unless initiated by the landowner. Following approval of the ASP, if a landowner would like to change the current use of their land, they would likely need rezoning, subdivision and development permit applications, and associated detailed engineering studies that are prepared by developers for individual parcels. None of these more detailed plans are required unless the landowner initiates it.


 

Bonanza - Survey

The Bonanza area is identified as a potential future growth area in Saddle Hills County’s Municipal Development Plan or MDP. As a result, the MDP recommends that an Area Structure Plan be prepared for the area in order to protect existing residents’ quality of life and to ensure that future growth happens with the full participation/inclusion of the local residents and businesses in the process.

We’re interested in learning what is important to you and what you value in the area, as well as potential constraints or issues there may be. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and share your feedback on the unique features and potential opportunities and constraints for the Bonanza Area Structure Plan.

 


 

 Live learning and Q&A session

                When: May 27, 2021 at 6:30 pm
                Register: here

Can’t make the session? Share your feedback through the online survey or contact the County office to receive a printed copy.