• Why Revitalizing Spruce Grove’s City Centre is Important

    Spruce Grove is one of Alberta’s fastest growing communities. The City has witnessed sustained and rapid growth in its population, with an average annual growth rate of 5.1% over the previous 5 years and 4.4% over the last 20 years. The City is also part of a tri-municipal area that consists of the City of Spruce Grove and the adjoining municipalities of Stony Plain and Parkland County. The combined population is approximately 85,000 people. Spruce Grove serves as the commercial service centre for the tri-municipal area and beyond. The City has an extensive retail and professional office base that has grown dramatically in recent years to over 2.35 million square feet of space.

    A community’s City Centre is the face it presents to the world. The Spruce Grove City Centre is a large area bounded by Calahoo Road to the west, Highway 16A to the south, Broxton School to the east, and an irregular shaped border to the north that runs along Church Avenue and extends down King Street on the Park commercial plaza. Columbus Park is often identified as the main hub of the City Centre.  

    The condition of a location's City Centre speaks volumes about the health of the local economy, whether or not local residents and property owners reinvest in themselves. Spruce Grove businesses located within the Business Improvement Area are leaders in bringing improvement, design, and strategy to the City Centre. They know a vibrant City Centre affects the community’s ability to attract and retain residents, businesses and institutions, jobs, and investment that enable a city to endure and thrive!

  • Presentation to City Council on April 16, 2018


    The following are the draft reports presented by Cushing Terrell Architecture, the consultant, to City Council on April 16, 2018 and the CCBA/general public on April 17, 2018.  The purpose is to provide an update on the progress of the initiative and invite comments and input.  


    City Centre ARP Phase 1 Infrastructure Summary


    City Centre ARP Phase 2 Land Use and Urban Form Summary


    The Revisioning Columbus Park study provides input into the development of the City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan.  The  City Centre ARP Revisioning Columbus Park Presentation   by Cushing Terrill Architecture, the consultant, was shared with City Administration, CCBA members and the general public on June 27, 2018. 


    Spruce Grove residents and businesses are invited to provide comments and input through the comments section below.   





  • The First Step in Revitalizing Spruce Grove's City Centre

    Understanding the importance of a vibrant city centre, a revitalization initiative was brought forward to City Council by businesses and landlords located in the City Centre area. In response, the City of Spruce Grove issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for consulting firms to submit proposals on a City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP).

    There were many criteria set forth by the City:

    1. Recognize that City Centre revitalization is a long-term process and will require a consistent vision and support to be successful. 
    2. Intended to be the start of a more in-depth process to re-energize the City Centre as a gathering place and focal point for the community.
    3. Intended to provide a conceptual framework and master plan for the revitalization and redevelopment of the City Centre in Spruce Grove. This will set out a multi-year approach that will address required infrastructure improvements, recommended urban design and form, policy and bylaw changes, and program support.
    4. intended to achieve greater certainty for investors and businesses in attracting new investment as well as supporting the cultural revitalization of the City Centre.
    5. Need to address defining density targets, transportation and transit options as part of the redevelopment. Specific capital initiatives will be identified through this plan.

    September 8, 2017, the City of Spruce Grove commissioned Cushing Terrell, a consulting firm, to conduct a study that would outline potential next steps to revitalizing the City Centre/Downtown area. The study included information obtained from interviews with various stakeholders, case studies and a collection of best practices. 

  •  Terms of Reference

    The Terms of Reference are split into three main components and a study will be conducted with the outcomes included in the final report.

    1. Municipal Infrastructure Assessment

    The objective for this phase of the study is to focus on the key infrastructure including the water distribution network, waste water network, storm water collection network, street lighting and signals, sidewalks (including pedestrian walk-ability patterns), bike access and furniture, traffic control and roadways as part of the City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan. The ARP will need to determine the state of the infrastructure and the current level of service provided, while determining required improvements to meet the needs of the community both at our current levels and future growth potential levels. To achieve the results needed, the following studies are planned: 

    • Waste Water Network assessment;
    • Master Drainage Plan for the study area complete with a capacity assessment;
    • Review of the current City Centre Water Distribution Network Study; and
    • Asset Management Plan that considers other infrastructure requirements.


    2. Urban Form and Design

    The principal objectives of this phase of the study are (a) to prepare a draft City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan that meets the requirements set out in Section 635 of the Municipal Government Act and (b) to assess and propose an Urban Design that includes consideration of the future built form, architectural guidelines, streetscape, landscaping and parking. This will encompass the overall look and feel of infill and redevelopment opportunities for the following components;

    • Buildings - Consider the predominate types of buildings in the City Centre that include commercial, residential and institutional. Within that design, the elements include, but are not limited to, store-front windows, entrances, upper facades, cornices, roofs, awnings, canopies and flanking walls.
    • Streetscape - accommodate the movement of both pedestrian and vehicular traffic. This should be an integrated streetscape design that addresses signage (way finding and storefront), lighting, public sidewalks, courtyards and plazas, patios, street furniture and fixtures, transit stop locations, street design, vehicular access and parking. A walkability review and recommendations on mid-block pedestrian passageways to create smaller ‘blocks’ for pedestrians should be provided.
    • Landscape - To enhance the core area with green space design. This can encompass parks, lawns, gardens, and plantings. An exploration of Columbus Park should also be part of this consideration. The inclusion of landscape elements within the design process are to encourage people to seek out spaces to socialize and participate in events held in the City Centre.


    3. Columbus Park Redesign

    The objective for this phase of the City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan is to develop a concept plan which provides a new vision for the existing Columbus Park as a core feature of future redevelopment in the study area. The focus will be on what improvements are needed to create a public square/gathering space that has the flexibility and appeal to host a wide range of events and draw people to the City Centre. 


  • What to Expect Next:

    Keep checking back for more updates on What to Expect Next!


    What's already happened

    1. Columbus Park / Urban Plaza / Public Square Concept Plan began its first stage in January 2018. 
    2. Infrastructure Assessment  final report was presented in February 2018.
    3. Public Information Session was held at Winter Fest on February 19, 2018. Thank you to everyone who participated.
    4. Land Use, Urban Form & Design Plan was presented to City Council April 16, 2018 and to the CCBA and general public April 17, 2018. 
    5. City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan Open house was held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Pioneer Centre.
    6. VIEW the Presentation given by the consultants from Cushing Terrell Architecture.
    7. City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan Final Report is due October2018.
    8. Public Open House Presentation held on April 3, 2019 at the Pioneer Centre. Thank you to everyone who attended.
    9. First Reading of the City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan by Council - April 23, 2019
    10. Public Hearing on the City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan held on May 27th, 2019 at Regular Council Meeting.
    11. Second Reading of the City Centre  Area Redevelopment Plan by City Council - May 27, 2019
    12. Public Open House Presentation on the City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan held on November 28, 2019 at the Pioneer Centre.
    13. Third Reading of the City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan by City Council - April 27, 2020 Council Meeting 
    14. Third Reading of the City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan was unanimously approved by City Council - April 27, 2020 Council Meeting.


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