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State of the County 2012


Strathcona County

Energy … energetic … can-do spirit ... high quality of living, built on strongly held values. According to brand research, completed in late 2011, these thoughts capture what is distinctive about Strathcona County. Taken together, they point to a successful community, where people want to work and live.

Certainly, the community is successful if measured by growth alone. Based on the 2011 Federal census, Strathcona County is now the third-largest and fastest-growing municipality in Alberta. A thriving industrial base – 70 per cent of all petrochemical refining in Canada happens in our backyard – contributes to Strathcona County being recognized as a growing economic force in Alberta. This economic foundation is good news for all our citizens, supporting innovative programming, and a high quality of services and infrastructure.

In addition to being recognized as an energy engine in the province, Strathcona County is also known for the energy of its people, who help make this community great. Underpinning it all is a deeply-rooted value system, built on determination, honesty, integrity, freedom, personal responsibility, kindness, self-esteem, and compassion.

True success; however, is about the ability of citizens to realize their hopes and dreams.

As a community, Strathcona County is fortunate to have a high percentage of welleducated social and economic movers and shakers, and independent risk-takers, who demonstrate leadership and innovation. 38

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Victor Bidzinski, Ward 1 . . . . . 780-464-8005 Roxanne Carr, Ward 2 . . . . . . . . 780-464-8002

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Peter Wlodarczak, Ward 4 . . . 780-464-8146

Jacquie Fenske, Ward 5 . . . . . . 780-464-8147

Linton Delainey, Ward 6 . . . . . . 780-464-8206 Bonnie Riddell, Ward 7 . . . . . . 780-464-8003 Jason Gariepy, Ward 8 . . . . . . . . 780-464-8158

Robyn Singleton, Chief Commissioner . . . . . . . . . 780-464-8100 Main switchboard . . . . . . . . . . . 780-464-8111

Visit Strathcona County’s website –

www.strathcona.ca

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• Strathcona County is currently the third largest and fastest growing municipality in Alberta, based on the 2011 Federal census.

• Highly educated labour force — 55.3 per cent of residents ages 15 and older have some post-secondary education

(StatsCan, 2006 Census of Agriculture)

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• Young families — the average age of residents is 37.2 years

• Agricultural opportunity, with 772 farms and over 85,000 hectares of agricultural land — cattle, dairy and poultry operations; fruit growers; grain and hay crops (primarily canola, alfalfa and barley) and specialty farms

Josephburg

Brian Botterill, Ward 3 . . . . . . . 780-464-8149

Strathcona County is home to…

• Thriving business community – 7,905 business establishments in Strathcona County

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Linda Osinchuk, Mayor . . . . . . . 780-464-8000

Strathcona County is a safe, caring and autonomous community that treasures its unique blend of urban and rural lifestyles while balancing the natural environment with economic prosperity. Through strong, effective leadership, the County is a vibrant community of choice.

• North America’s largest hydrocarbon processing complex

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• MoneySense Magazine, in March 2012, rated Strathcona County as the number one best place to raise kids in Canada, the number one place for jobs in Canada, and number 11 for overall best place to live in Canada.

• MacLean’s Magazine, for two years in a row, has referred to Sherwood Park as the least dangerous (safest) municipality in Alberta.

• Seventy (70) per cent of all petrochemical refining in Canada happens in our backyard.

• Ten major recreational facilities, including Millennium Place, plus golf courses, team sports, cross-country skiing, hiking, parks, trails, and more

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Population

Total

Sherwood Park

Suburban and Rural*

2009 municipal census . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87,998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61,660 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26,338 2011 federal census . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92,490 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64,733 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27,757

2012 projected . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94,253 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66,295 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27,958 *Country residential properties on acreages, farms and in rural hamlets

Increase in population, 2009-2011 . . . . . . . 5.1% Increase in population, 2000-2011 . . . . . . 33.5%

Average annual growth rate 2011-2012, projected . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.0% Number of dwelling units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33,631

(Assessment and Tax roll. Includes farms 1,916 and acreages 7,612)

County-wide area 1,265 square kilometers *Figures are approximate

Industrial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,495 hectares

Commercial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,815 hectares Residential . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,789 hectares

Agricultural . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85,204 hectares Park/recreation/natural . . . . . . . 3,317 hectares

Other: water bodies, road rights-of-way . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,000 hectares

Economic development (2011)

No business licence; no business tax

Businesses and organizations in Strathcona County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,905 (Stats Can 2011 – Business Patterns Data)

Businesses registered in voluntary directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,724

Transportation (2011) Rural roads, County maintained . . . . 1,310 km Urban roads, County maintained . . . . 372 km

Subdivision and rezoning applications . . . . . . 57

Transit rides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.3 million

Accessible transportation rides . . . . . . 14,980

Value of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential construction . . . . . . $299 million

Rural Road Maintenance

2011 planning projects

Highways, province maintained . . . . . 232 km

Transit buses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Warren Thomas (Josephburg) Aerodrome: 30 weekday flights and up to 100 on weekends

Rural road overlay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.4 km Road micro surfaced . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.2 km Road chip sealed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.8 km

Road oil used . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 million litres Gravel used . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30,000 tonnes

Urban Maintenance

Road overlaid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16.3 km Sidewalk replaced . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.08 km

Traffic Support Services

Road Use Agreements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Road Right-away Construction

Activity Permits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Signs repaired . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,500

Special Event Permits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Block Party Permits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Noise Permits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Tridem Axle Certificates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160

Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182

Home-based . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 624 Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 624 New businesses registered . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Served by both CN and CP railroads Four airports within 30 minutes Market area (StatsCan, 2011 Census) . 1,159,867 people

Permits for new residential units . . . . . . . . . . . 454

Customers served (in-person, by telephone and email) . . . . . 65,126

• Addressing, rural subdivisions – posted all rural subdivisions with standardized addressing signage (approximately 220 rural subdivisions).

• Clover Bar Ranch Spray Park – including an eight-feature spray park, and additional site furniture – was open to the public in the spring. • Deermound Dog Off-Leash Park – consisting of fencing, a trail connection to the Waterton Estates neighbourhood, 2.6 km of walking trails, and installation of site furniture, garbage receptacles and washroom facilities. Upon completion of these components, interpretive signage for Deermound Dog Off-Leash Park was installed to add to a dog owner’s experience.

• McGhan Park ice rink – including removal of the existing volleyball court and site grading, and construction of full-size outdoor hockey rink that includes players’ boxes and rink lighting.

• Sherwood Drive trail – an asphalt trail along the west side of Sherwood Drive from Main Boulevard north to Baseline Road.

Market share of new single- and multi-family residential development in the metro region . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.2%

(Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, January 2012)

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Development permits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,337

• Clarkdale/Chelsea Heights trail – a multi-use asphalt trail running east to west through Clarkdale Meadows and continuing on the west side of Clover Bar Road through Chelsea Heights.

Retail and commercial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325

$13.1 billion in major projects announced, under construction and recently completed

Planning and development services (2011)

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2012 planning projects

• Josephburg Community Recreation

Master Plan – to set direction for future recreation opportunities in Josephburg and surrounding areas.

• BMX bike skills park – a consultant has been hired to complete a detailed design for a BMX bike skills park that will be constructed in the summer of 2012. • Sherwood Heights ball diamond revitalization - in partnership with the Sherwood Park Minor Baseball Association (SPMBA).

• Centre in the Park – Festival Avenue North will be under construction, with anticipated completion in the late fall of 2012. Further residential development adjacent to Prairie Walk is also expected to begin in the summer/fall, 2012.

Community services (2011)

Library (2011)

Counselling services participants . . . . . . . . 1,600

Library, Bookmobile, online visits . . 1,175,830

Home support services – hours/year . . . . 46,719

Family day home services – children/month . . 199 Senior families directly served through volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Parent link programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 558

Peace officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

RCMP Victim Services Unit volunteer advocates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Fire fighters . . . . 130 full-time, 38 part-time

Fire stations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Sherwood Park (2), Heartland Hall (Josephburg), South Cooking Lake and Ardrossan

Emergency calls responded to . . . . . . . 5,394

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General enquiries . . . . . 38,400 switchboard calls

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Utility operations (2011)

* Family and Community Services partners with five agencies — Youth Justice, Community Mediation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club of Strathcona County, and Community Adult Learning and Adult Literacy councils.

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Water distributed . . . . . 31.3 million litres/day Water mains maintained . . . . . . . . . . . . . 424 km

Fire hydrants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,052 Water storage capacity . . . . 121.9 million litres

Wastewater treated . . . 21.2 million litres/day

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Wastewater mains maintained . . . . . . . 370 km

Outdoor recreation services

Stormwater mains maintained . . . . . . . 311 km

(2011) Direct Services

Counselling . . . . 771 participants in 2,824 sessions

Family School Liaison . . . . . . . . 270 participants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . in 3,195 sessions Parent Teen Conflict . . . . . . . . . . 130 participants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . in 266 sessions Home Visitation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 participants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . in 1,329 sessions Groups . . . . . . . . . 260 participants in 201 groups

Seniors Outreach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 clients

Direct Services provided by volunteers

Snowbusters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 seniors Lawnbusters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 seniors Friendly Visitors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 matches

Indirect Services provided by volunteers

Volunteer hours: 115 community members volunteered 3,894 hours in such programs as Youth Council, conference planning, as well as Snowbusters, Lawnbusters and Friendly Visitors programs. Workshops/Conferences . . . . 1,193 participants

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Questions asked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161,683

Residents provided with a direct service through partnerships* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,870

Protective services (2011) Police officers (RCMP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Library resources used . . . . . . . . . . . 1,561,564

High Five Awards: 537 children and youth each nominated an adult who had made a difference in their life

Sports fields and ball diamonds . . . . . . . . . . . . 230 Heritage Parkway Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 km

Natural areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,432 hectares

KID WASHING HANDS

Parkland (developed parks, school and other institutional sites, playing fields, and utility corridors that may include trails) . . 1,850 hectares Playgrounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Golf courses (municipal) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Tennis courts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Outdoor rinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Indoor recreation services (2011)

Major facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Community halls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Seniors’ centres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Number of admissions annually at:

Broadmoor Public Golf Course . . . 40,000+ rounds

Glen Allan Recreation Complex . . . . . . . . . . 90,000

Green Routine achieved 59% diversion from landfill

Recycling stations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Residential waste to landfill . . . . 12,329 tonnes Organics sent for composting . . 10,635 tonnes

Materials collected for recycling . . 6,935 tonnes Enviroservice hazardous waste, including electronics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 tonnes

Scrap metal collected for recycling . . 239 tonnes

Kinsmen Leisure Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201,000 Strathcona Wilderness Centre . . . . . . . . . . . 35,000 Festival Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29,000

Millennium Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 965,000

Hours of ice time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20,300

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Water and Wastewater Services projects (2012) • Construct a new water transmission main from the 17 Street reservoir to Sherwood Park to ensure the water supply system meets the needs of a growing community.

• Complete construction of a new weir structure to control the level of Foxhaven Lake.

• Complete construction on a new truck fill in Half Moon Lake, and continue to investigate locations for a future truck fill in the South Cooking Lake area.

• Begin construction of a new lift station and wastewater force main from Ardrossan to Sherwood Park to relieve the existing sanitary lagoons, which are at capacity.

• Construct a new water transmission main to supply water to Northern Bear golf course.

• Undertake a cost of service study to ensure service delivery and the associated rates are efficient and equitable.

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Awards received (2011) Lieutenant Governor’s Leadership for Active Communities Award - Russ Pawlyk, director of Recreation Parks and Culture, received this award in recognition of his achievements that resulted in increased citizen engagement and high levels of participation in recreation, sport and active living leading to healthier people and communities.

Communities in Bloom - Strathcona County participated in the Circle of Champions category in the 2011 National Edition of Communities in Bloom. The County received a five bloom rating with a special mention for the Community Centre. Strathcona County also received the National Urban Forestry Award. MarCom Award - Strathcona County competed as one of 6,000 entries from the United States and Canada in being awarded Gold by the MarCom Awards for its Active Schools program. The Active Schools program provides teachers and parent councils with a centralized online source of information for school-related events, programs and activities within Strathcona County. The information highlights activities that encourage students to learn about the environment, engage in recreation activities and tap into their creativity through cultural programming.

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