LOCATION & CONTEXT:
The WOASP plan area is situated to the immediate southwest of the current Town boundary. The plan area occupies a strategic gateway into the Town given its adjacency to Highway 7. The plan area is bound by Highway 7 to the south, Westland Street to the east, the Sheep River to the north and Big Rock trail to the west. Various interface conditions exist which will need to be considered as part of ASP land use planning and policy development.
ANNEXATION & THE WOASP:
The West Okotoks ASP area spans just over a thousand acres and is located within the lands annexed from the Municipal District of Foothills No. 31 to the Town of Okotoks, effective on July 1st 2017. The Town, in conjunction with the M.D. of Foothills, had authorized the preparation of a developer funded ASP in anticipation of the annexation of the lands into the Town of Okotoks, and the submission of the West Okotoks Area Structure Plan will occur following the annexation’s effective date of July 1st 2017.
PLAN AREA CONDITIONS:
The preparation of an area structure plan is supported by a range of technical work and supplemented by feedback received through stakeholder engagement. To date, the following DRAFT technical reports have been prepared for Town consideration:
- Historical Resources Overview
- Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessment
- Biophysical Overview
- Flood Risk Assessment
- Commercial Market Assessment
- Geotechnical Assessment(s)
The results of these assessments have helped improve our understanding of the land and informed the preparation of preliminary land use and transportation concepts for the plan area.