Our economic activity spans four broad areas: Industrial/commercial, Agricultural, Recreation/tourism and Rural entrepreneurship/diversification. We need to grow our economy through all of these land use districts while respecting our environment. Reinforcing our local economy through business support services will encourage innovation, promote entrepreneurship and manage risk.
The development of road and infrastructure networks are critical to ensure the safe and efficient movement of people, products and services through Parkland County. High speed internet needs to be further expanded to reach under-serviced and rural areas.
We need to streamline and simplify development approvals of all sizes, from housing to larger commercial projects. Complexity and delay (“red-tape”) increases the cost of all projects, and challenges our overall competitiveness.
Agriculture is the largest land use district and provides tremendous opportunities to diversify our economy, create new employment opportunities and ensure we have a safe and secure food supply for our residents. Agriculture has numerous opportunities including tourism which includes exposures such as on-farm experiences and farmers markets. We need to ensure our Land Use Bylaws and our Statutory Plans support and advance our producers. We need to recognize that agricultural lands provide ecological goods and services including carbon sequestration, water purification, mitigating the effects of climate change events including overland flooding. The ecosystems provide by our agricultural lands are vital to the well-being of our social and economic development. We need to continue our supports through programs such as ALUS, which provides support to farmers and ranchers to enhance and maintain these beneficial ecosystems on their lands.
Establishing stronger partnerships with First Nations and the Indigenous communities will result in mutually beneficial outcomes. They are our trusted and respected neighbours, business partners and friends.
We need to be ready for investment opportunities, innovation and entrepreneurship. We need to focus on business retention and expansion within our region.