Advancing Cultural and Economic Development Goals

Canola

Among its neighbouring municipalities, the Town of Stony Plain is distinguished by a historic downtown core and the character and identity of a small rural community. The short 40 minute drive to Edmonton is making the town an increasingly attractive community in which to live and establish small businesses. Maintaining the Town’s historic character and identity is to sustaining the unique quality of place that is a major part of the appeal for new residents and visitors. The Town of Stony Plain Cultural Master Plan was dedicated to addressing these issues, and to building a strong and vibrant local cultural organizations and activities. The Cultural Master Plan was also required to build on Stony Plain’s reputation as a leader among smaller municipalities in Alberta in formally acknowledging the need to formally integrate culture as the ‘fourth pillar’ in planning for sustainability (alongside social, economic and environmental considerations).

The planning process began with the completion of an analysis of the local cultural economy and an inventory of local cultural resources. It continued with an extensive community engagement process involving a community survey, in-depth interviews, focus groups and a community forum. One of the strengths of the planning process was the degree to which it engaged Town Council and built support for increased cultural investment as a Town priority.

The Cultural Master Plan defined a overarching vision and 10-year agenda of strategies to advance cultural and broader economic development goals in the community.