From the Town of Sylvan Lake:
After almost a year of Sylvan Lakers “reimagining”, the Town of Sylvan Lake has adopted the Sustainable Waterfront Area Redevelopment Plan (SWARP) – a plan that guides growth and development, within the waterfront area, over the next 20 years.
One of the visions of the plan is to create a waterfront that is a year-round hub of culture and recreational activities, which attracts people to live in and visit the area.
In addition, the environmental integrity of the lake is strengthened through stewardship and development; the lake is identified as a key natural and recreational resource and a major component of Sylvan Lake’s identity.
“Reimagine Sylvan is the direct product of a collaborative, community engagement process using multiple approaches to connect with our community. Together we’ve built an efficient and thoughtful plan for the future of our waterfront.” – Mayor Sean McIntyre Various short, medium and long-term actions are identified to move the Plan forward.
One of the first actions is to review and amend the Land Use Bylaw to align it with the Plan.
“An immediate result of the new Sustainable Waterfront Area Redevelopment Plan is the elimination of the Waterfront Direct Control District. Removal of such a District creates more certainty for the development community – an important step in facilitating new development in the Waterfront.” – Ken Kalirai, Director of Planning and Development Direct Control Districts are different from other land use districts in that Council issues any decisions on development permits in the area.