The Town of Crossfield has grown by 72 residents since 2016 after a municipal census revealed the community now sits at a population of 3,055.
Reaching a population of 3,000 is a milestone for Crossfield, as the town’s chief administrative officer Ken Bosman said that’s Alberta Health Service’s target threshold to provide an ambulance in the community.
“We will be reminding them of their target,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll get that in as quick as we can.”
The census, which was conducted from June 1 to 30, experienced a 99.2 per cent participation rate, Bosman said.
Though the census cost Crossfield approximately $4,500 to $5,000 to conduct, he said the population increase represents roughly $12,000 a year in additional grants for the town.
“We’re more than doubling our money,” Bosman said. “It also validates once again that we’re definitely into a growth phase.”
As of June 30, the Town of Crossfield issued building permits for 54 additional homes, which Bosman said is approaching last year’s record of 57.
Also, Bosman said Dream Development recently got approval for an additional phase of its Vista Crossing development, adding 54 more lots.
“We know that there’s an awful lot in the pipeline from some of the additional developers,” he said.
ASP open house
Town of Crossfield council gave first reading to a joint Area Structure Plan (ASP) with Rocky View County concerning the development of an industrial area east of Highway 2 during its July 4 meeting.
An open house on the project will be held July 12 and a public hearing will be held prior to the Aug. 15 council meeting, Bosman said.
“We want to make sure everyone – both in favour and against any potential development – feels that they’ve had ample opportunity to have their expressions heard and followed up on,” he said.
A particular area of interest for the town is to understand how residents feel the area around the wetlands should be developed, according to Bosman. As a community, there is also a need for balanced growth.
“We don’t want just residential growth,” he said.
“We want to make sure we become a full spectrum, full service community.”
The open house is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the Town Office.
A new location for a proposed medicinal marijuana facility in Crossfield is being sought after numerous residents voiced opposition to the original proposed Laut Avenue location.
The developer, Crescent Enterprises, made the decision to look for a better-suited location in Crossfield as an effort to “be a good neighbour,” according to Bosman.
“There’s lots of land out there to buy,” he said.
“Let’s find a better location that meets with much deeper, broader community support.”