Planning and Development
Balancing Nature and Economic Growth
The Planning and Development Department operates within Northern Sunrise County’s Municipal Development Plan which has been adopted by Council to establish a long term framework and policy direction with regards to future land use, growth patterns, infrastructure provision, and transportation within Northern Sunrise County. The Municipal Development Plan provides Council, administration residents and developers with a cohesive framework to guide local decision making that is consistent with the County’s long term vision. Specifically, the plan was developed to:
- Protect the County’s better agricultural land and rural character.
- Guide future land use, infrastructure and development related policy decisions in a manner that reflects the County’s priorities for future growth.
- Support and promote the County’s natural assets and tourism potential by protecting, promoting and enhancing its environmentally sensitive areas and open spaces.
- Promote residential, commercial and industrial growth that adheres to sustainable and efficient development practices and standards.
- Establish protocol through which the County will coordinate with municipal neighbours to identify and promote areas to support long term growth in the Peace Region.
Building and Development
With an abundance of natural resources, a vibrant cultural heritage, and a population of industrious and innovative people, Northern Sunrise County has established itself as a county open for business. Alberta’s four strongest economic drivers can all be found in Northern Sunrise County.
Whether that be oil and gas, forestry, agriculture or tourism, you will find it all here. In addition we have a number of francophone communities that offer the visitor a chance to experience Canada’s true bilingual nature. Our county sits to the east of the mighty Peace River. Here you will find more than 21,000 square kilometers of Alberta’s finest wilderness and agricultural land. Northern Sunrise County also sits atop one of the province’s largest oilsands deposits. Our regions agricultural producers range from beef producers to honey producers, from oats to timothy. And in line with the provincial government’s mandate to increase value-added agriculture, we have a number of agricultural industries with the potential to develop more. Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, and nowhere is that more true than in Northern Alberta. Our vast unspoiled wilderness, our wildlife, clean, pure water and wide open sky are hard to compare.