Public feedback is important to the Town of Edson Council and Administration. Periodic surveys will help us get a better understanding of the needs and wants of our community.
Check back often for new surveys and engagement opportunities, as well as the results from recent engagements.
And watch for our survey kiosks returning soon to the Edson and District Library, Town Office, and the Edson and District Leisure Centre!
The Town of Edson is currently completing a review of recreation services and fees to ensure we are meeting the needs of the community and continuing to improve the quality of life of residents.
What is the Project?
To better understand the current and future needs and demands for recreation and parks facilities, spaces and services, the Town of Edson is undertaking a review of current recreation services policies and procedures and a review of current facility and space operations and utilization, as well as an assessment of service delivery approaches and community group partnerships. The Town has engaged the services of a recreation consulting firm, RC Strategies to support this project and to ensure that Town practices and policies are in alignment with leading practices in the recreation sector.
How to Contribute?
Throughout this project community organizations will have the opportunity to contribute and share their understanding of the recreation opportunities in Edson; as well as have the opportunity to share perspectives of current process and opportunities for change to best met the future community needs for recreation opportunities.
The project will focus on working with user groups who offer programming at the: Edson & District Leisure Centre, Vision Park Ball Diamonds, Town Ball Diamonds, Soccer Pitches, and other parks/green spaces.
In the fall of 2021, Administration applied for a grant through the Rural Transit Solutions Fund to conduct a thorough transportation study within our community to ensure a strategic and holistic approach to any future investments in public transportation.
In July 2022, the Town received our signed agreement from Infrastructure Canada indicating we had received that grant in the amount of $45,000 to complete the transportation study.
Following a thorough RFP process, EXP was contracted to complete the study, and work began in February 2023.
It is important to note that this study only focused on transportation related to pedestrian, cycling and public transportation (ESTS).
The full report can be viewed here.
The Traffic Bylaw Modernization Project was undertaken to review, update, modernize, and consolidate all bylaws related to traffic safety to create a single all-inclusive bylaw.
Protective Services has worked very closely with the local RCMP and internal stakeholders to ensure Bylaw No. 2291 meets the needs of the community.
The public survey is now closed and the new bylaw is now in place.
The highlights of the bylaw include:
- Consolidation and modernization of all relevant adopted bylaws.
- Permitting OHV use within town for the purpose of accessing lands surrounding the town, with conditions.
- Recognition of the increased use of Town streets by trucks and designation of those streets as truck routes.
- Clarification of the definition of “Recreational Vehicle.”
The proposed bylaw can be found below.
- Proposed Bylaw 2291 - Traffic Bylaw
- Traffic Bylaw Info Sheet
- Traffic Bylaw Info Sheet - Heavy Vehicles
- Traffic Bylaw Info Sheet - Off-Highway Vehicles
In Spring of 2022, the Town of Edson and Rural Development Network conducted the Edson Housing & Service Needs Estimation Survey.
The project goals were to
- Provide a comprehensive picture of housing instability and homelessness in Edson, including demographic information on who is experiencing homelessness and which services are being accessed and which services are missing.
- Help inform service providers and municipal, territorial, and federal policies, practices, and funding decisions on homelessness, housing, and support services.
- Elevate and incorporate the voices of people experiencing homelessness in the solutions to end homelessness.
See the full report below.
The Town of Edson is asking everyone to get involved in the Land Use Bylaw Rewrite.
As a landowner in Town, if you are planning to develop or make changes to your property like constructing a new building, installing solar panels on your home, or establishing secondary suites, the Land Use Bylaw indicates what is permitted on your property. As the bylaw is updated, it’s critical to know what is important to you!
What is a Land Use Bylaw and why is it important? The Land Use Bylaw is one tool that helps the Town turn its vision for development into reality. The current Land Use Bylaw was initially written in the 1990s. Despite many amendments over time, the Town is undertaking a rewrite of the Bylaw to make the document relevant to the community, and development in Edson today. It is time to fix the root of the issue with a new Land Use Bylaw that can address the current challenges and better adapt to the future needs of Edson.
Engagement - The Town of Edson wants to understand what topics matter to you as the rewrite of the Land Use Bylaw begins. There are several upcoming opportunities for you to have your say! Watch our website and social media channels for polls and in-person engagement opportunities throughout the summer!
Project Details - www.edson.ca/LUB