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Approved rezoning and plan amendment of the E. L. Smith Water Treatment Plant site at 16910 35 Avenue NW, 16850 and 16880 Anthony Henday Drive.

A planning application has been approved to rezone land at the E. L. Smith Water Treatment Plant site (16910 35 Avenue NW, 16850 and 16880 Anthony Henday Drive). It is the applicant's intent to develop the site for a Major Impact Utility Service, specifically a solar farm that will be used to power the E. L. Smith Water Treatment Plant.

Public Hearing Update

Bylaw 18889 and Charter Bylaw 18890 went to Public Hearing on October 6, 2020 and were carried over as a continuation to October 13, 2020 and October 19, 2020.

Both bylaws were approved by City Council on October 19, 2020.

Previous Council Decisions

At the June 17, 2019 Public Hearing City Council referred Bylaw 18889 and Charter Bylaw 18890 back to administration and EPCOR with the following motion:

  • 1. Work with EPCOR Water and Enoch First Nation to continue engagement activities and return to a future Public Hearing. Engagement activities should include:
    • a. Sharing archaeological report and traditional knowledge to further interpret the findings and site history in consultation with Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
    • b. Potential partnerships and collaborate on site interpretation, vegetation and harvesting, project naming and potential economic opportunities
    • c. Offer to collaborate on the design and shared use of publicly accessible open space
  • 2. Work and reporting necessary to allow Council to fully consider whether the location within the River Valley should be deemed essential by Council.

Further engagement activities between EPCOR Water and Enoch Cree Nation and further environmental analysis of the site have taken place.

Public Information Session

Citizens were invited to an information session April 23, 2019 at Good Shepherd Elementary School about a proposed rezoning and associated plan amendment for properties adjacent to the  E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant site, 16910 35 Avenue NW, 16850 and 16880 Anthony Henday Drive NW,  in the River Valley Cameron Heights neighbourhood. 

The information session provided an opportunity to learn more about the proposal and how comments from the public were used to help shape the proposed rezoning and associated plan amendment. 

Information Session Materials

Display Boards

About the Proposal

The application proposed to rezone the site from Metropolitan Recreation and Zone (A) to Direct Development Control Provision (DC1) to allow for the development of a solar farm. An associated amendment to the North Saskatchewan River Valley Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) was required to support the proposed rezoning.

Public Engagement

Public events and online opportunities will allow residents, communities, businesses, and industry representatives to provide input throughout the process.

View the Public Engagement activities, history, and reports

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City Council Approval Date

Monday October 19, 2020

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