Northwest Industrial Plan

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The Northwest Industrial Area Structure Plan establishes a framework for the development of land in Medicine Hat's North Employment Sector. The area outlined in the plan can accommodate growth of existing industry and attract new compatible industries, increasing employment and industrial opportunities in the city.

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Public feedback is now closed
The project was open for feedback until November 24, 2021.

Project Summary:

The Northwest Industrial Area Structure Plan (ASP) has evolved through consultation with landowners, stakeholder groups, impacted businesses, intermunicipal collaboration, the public, and City Administration. Policies and guidelines have been developed as a result of this consultation to direct future Outline Plan, Subdivision and Development Permit applications within the Plan Area.

The Plan provides a vision and framework for the future development of approximately 958.7 ac of land in northwest Medicine Hat. The Plan Area represents approximately six quarter sections of land, bordered by Boundary Road NE (town of Redcliff boundary) to the west, Broadway Avenue NW to the south, Box Springs Road NW to the east, and undeveloped agricultural lands to the north.

The Northwest Industrial ASP is envisioned for future industrial growth, including heavy industrial opportunities such as heavy processing and manufacturing centres, technical research facilities, regional industrial opportunities such as warehousing and distribution centres, as well as more locally focused light/medium industrial opportunities such as landscape and building supply companies, among others. This Plan anticipates the creation of approximately 1,992 new jobs upon full buildout, including an integrated network of industrial roadways linking to the Trans-Canada Highway, and new rail connections to the CP and CN Rail network.



The Northwest Industrial Area Structure Plan establishes a framework for the development of land in Medicine Hat's North Employment Sector. The area outlined in the plan can accommodate growth of existing industry and attract new compatible industries, increasing employment and industrial opportunities in the city.

View Draft Plan (PDF)

Public feedback is now closed
The project was open for feedback until November 24, 2021.

Project Summary:

The Northwest Industrial Area Structure Plan (ASP) has evolved through consultation with landowners, stakeholder groups, impacted businesses, intermunicipal collaboration, the public, and City Administration. Policies and guidelines have been developed as a result of this consultation to direct future Outline Plan, Subdivision and Development Permit applications within the Plan Area.

The Plan provides a vision and framework for the future development of approximately 958.7 ac of land in northwest Medicine Hat. The Plan Area represents approximately six quarter sections of land, bordered by Boundary Road NE (town of Redcliff boundary) to the west, Broadway Avenue NW to the south, Box Springs Road NW to the east, and undeveloped agricultural lands to the north.

The Northwest Industrial ASP is envisioned for future industrial growth, including heavy industrial opportunities such as heavy processing and manufacturing centres, technical research facilities, regional industrial opportunities such as warehousing and distribution centres, as well as more locally focused light/medium industrial opportunities such as landscape and building supply companies, among others. This Plan anticipates the creation of approximately 1,992 new jobs upon full buildout, including an integrated network of industrial roadways linking to the Trans-Canada Highway, and new rail connections to the CP and CN Rail network.



Thank you for your valuable questions and feedback. This phase of the public engagement has now concluded.
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    Why can you not locate this industrial area somewhere else?

    29 days ago

    Providing opportunity for large-scale/heavy industrial development is integral to supporting the City’s economic diversification priorities, attracting new business to the City, and increasing job opportunities for residents of Medicine Hat. Finding suitable lands for large-scale/heavy industrial opportunities, however, is very challenging. Developers of heavy industry typically require large, flat parcels (e.g., 10+ acres), nearby connections to major transportation corridors (such as the Trans-Canada Highway), often require rail service, and have unique servicing requirements. Heavy industrial operations are also not suitable for locating near residential areas. These types of businesses need to be located within a safe distance from where people live, stay in hotels, and gather in large groups.

    With this in mind, future growth areas were explored as part of the City’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP) process, which directs where future residential, commercial, and industrial growth is anticipated to occur in Medicine Hat over the long-term. Ultimately, the North Sector (see MDP Figure 4) was identified in the MDP as the most appropriate location for heavy industrial development in the city and approved by Council in 2020.

    As a comparison, the southwest region of Medicine Hat is located too far away from available rail connections and too close to existing and future residential areas, such as Southlands and Cimmaron. Lands in northeast Medicine Hat are located too far to extend necessary servicing to the area, would require substantial changes to the rail network, and is close to existing residential developments such as Ranchlands and NE Crescent Heights. For these reasons, large-scale/heavy industrial opportunities or not effectively supported in these areas.

    With the ASP lands being in close proximity to existing heavy industrial businesses (such as CF and Methanex), having nearby access to CP Rail connections and the Trans-Canada Highway, and being further removed from residential areas, it makes them extremely well suited to provide valuable, serviced land for future large-scale/heavy industrial development in Medicine Hat.

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    Will the City pay for relocation of the clubs?

    29 days ago

    We do not have detailed information regarding exact locations for potential relocation or financial support committed to each club at this time; however, please be assured the City is in discussion with all clubs on this topic. It will likely take a number of years (i.e., 15-25 years) before development reaches the northern two quarter sections of the Plan Area. Over these next several years, the City will continue working with the clubs to identify potential relocation sites and address any other challenges that may occur to support any potential relocation. While this is not part of the ASP process, it is important to understand the City is not planning to close the clubs down or terminate their operations prior to any lease expiry. The City is committed to addressing the long-term solution for these clubs outside of the ASP process. Existing leases are anticipated to be renewed for clubs in their current locations in shorter terms (e.g., 3-5-year renewals) when the current leases expire, while the City continues to work directly with each club to identify potential relocation opportunities.

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    Clubs are important and valuable civic amenities.

    29 days ago

    We agree. It is important to retain valuable organizations and amenities such as these clubs for residents of Medicine Hat. They have strong, active membership bases that provide a service to the community. That is why the City is committed to continuing discussions with club leadership to ensure that their long-term success is supported. The City will continue to work with each club in identifying alternative sites, should there be a need to relocate.

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    What is going to happen to the clubs within the Plan Area?

    29 days ago

    We understand and appreciate the concerns about what will happen to these clubs over the long-term. As mentioned in the FAQ, it is important to understand that the adoption of the Area Structure Plan (ASP) does not require these clubs to cease operations or immediately relocate. Because the clubs operate on City-owned land through a lease, there is more opportunity available to make sure any impacts to the clubs are managed in partnership between both club leadership and the City.

    The purpose of an ASP is to set out a long-term vision for an area (i.e., 10-25 years). The land these clubs currently occupy within the Northwest Industrial ASP represents where final stages of overall Plan development are anticipated to occur (e.g., 15-25 years from now). This time allows for clubs and the City to have a fulsome conversation about the implications and find solutions for a potential relocation.

    While the long-term vision of the ASP is to provide for heavy industrial opportunities in the area, clubs may continue to operate as-is for the foreseeable future under their existing lease agreements. The draft ASP provides policy direction to ensure that clubs can remain in regular operation until it is necessary for alternative developments and relocation of any impacted clubs (see Section 3.3 and Section 8.4 of the draft Plan). Should a situation arise where relocation is required, the City has committed to supporting these clubs with a potential relocation either within or very near to Medicine Hat. At least 1-2 years notice will be given, and impacted clubs will not be required to relocate while there is an active lease in effect.

    If relocation of area clubs is potentially needed, it would mean that investment in the community is flourishing and that the City of Medicine Hat is successfully growing its tax base. This growth is needed to keep taxes low for its current (and future) residents and to increase employment opportunities for a sustainable economy.

Page last updated: 26 November 2021, 14:53