An Area Structure Plan (ASP) is being prepared for lands in northeast Edmonton, with the benefit of considerable input from a very diverse group of stakeholders. A first draft of the ASP has been submitted to the City of Edmonton and is in circulation with various departments and utility companies to gather feedback, as well a number of technical studies are underway. The ASP will be revised based on these studies and comments, and once complete will provide a framework for the development of this area, known as Horse Hill.
Horse Hill History
The name Horse Hill comes from the area’s historical association with Fort Edmonton. The land was used as the home of Fort Edmonton’s horse guard (Blue 1924). At one time as many as 800 horses were kept in the area, the horses played an important role in the maintenance and protection of Fort Edmonton. Today, many area names are based on this historical use. The area is often referred to as Horse Hill, there is a Horse Hill Elementary and Junior High School just across Manning Drive and the Horsehills Creek runs through the area.
In 1982, the area was annexed into the City of Edmonton for future urban growth. This is the only area in north Edmonton without a plan to guide future development. An Area Structure Plan (ASP) has been prepared for land in northeast Edmonton with considerable input from many different people. The ASP provides a framework for the development of the Northeast area, known as Horse Hill.
Since the area is near Alberta’s Industrial Heartland and the new Edmonton Energy & Technology Park there is a growing demand for new communities. The City has invested considerable resources to build a stronger and more sustainable tax base that will attract new companies to this comprehensive business and industrial park, located immediately to the west of this ASP area.
Surrounding municipalities are actively planning to capture some of the growing demand for neighbourhoods, and Edmonton must also plan to meet and accommodate this growth. Having plans in place ahead of time is key to building balanced communities that can fulfill future needs.
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The The Horse Hill ASP area is bound by Manning Drive on the west, the North Saskatchewan River on the east and Anthony Henday Drive on the south, providing 3,900.3 acres for development.