The discovery of oil and the subsequent oil and gas rush of Alberta literally put Devon on the map in 19471. More than a half century later, Devon again seems poised to remain a leader in the Province, with a strong commitment launched in 2015 to be Alberta’s first net-carbon-neutral community by 2050. Historical industry growth and development of different sectors has traditionally centred on Devon’s strengths in the oil and gas sector, but at its core is a strong and growing knowledge sector, representing the key to the future.
While Devon provides a range of services to its residents and the surrounding rural community, its commercial sectors have faced challenges from south Edmonton and Leduc, which have larger retail shopping opportunities. The industrial sector has also grown to its capacity, and the town faces challenges from existing business parks in Nisku and Acheson.
In thinking of community development, Devon has adopted a ‘slow and steady’ approach, with Council now exploring future residential and local commercial opportunities at the east end of the community. At the same time, interest has been expressed to increase the supply of industrial land, possibly to the west of Highway 60.
See the full Town of Devon Economic Development Action Plan here.
The Downtown area in Devon is and will always be the heart of the community. In 2010, Town Council accepted a plan that provides guidance and a vision to create a space that will define community and set the stage for growth and development.
The Downtown Vitalization Plan is a document created by a dedicated group of businesses, community volunteers and Municipal Staff who wanted to bring their vision together. The plan focuses on such objectives as:
Since accepting the plan, the Town of Devon has been working through the implementation of many initiatives. As of June 2011, successful projects were either completed or are being explored and scheduled. These projects include:
The Downtown Vitalization Plan is very much a priority for Town Council and Administration. Every step is being taken and all initiatives within the plan are being considered for all new and ongoing projects.
If you have questions or would like further information about the Downtown Vitalization Program, we invite you to contact us at your convenience. We will continue to post progress reports and keep you informed on all upcoming or future downtown projects.
In January 2017 the Town of Devon was investigating options to improve the operations of the Dale Fisher arena from both a participant perspective as well as with the efficiencies of the facility.
In addition to infrastructure improvements, the Town was facing another dilemma. The Arena, with only having one ice surface, had challenges filling daytime ice space and during peak hours, were losing revenue opportunities to surrounding municipalities with our minor hockey groups having to travel outside the community to be accommodated. Prime time ice surface rentals are increasing in demand across the capital region, but with only one ice surface in Devon, it is difficult to effectively accommodate hockey clubs and academies on a part time basis. It was also challenging to attract hockey tournaments to the community due to the single ice surface.
Discussions with stakeholders considered options for twinning the existing Dale Fisher Arena and the cost effectiveness of constructing a new facility in a different location and creating a multi-use recreation facility. As such, in February 2017 an RFP was created with the outcome being three proponents submitting proposals and presenting to Council in April 2017.
The unique presentation by Silent Ice and their affiliation and endorsement from former Edmonton Oiler Ryan Smyth, brought great value to the project and created added exposure to various sports groups and partnership opportunities. Council directed Administration to work with Silent Ice to do further cost analysis of a multi-use recreation facility that would be situated on the newly acquired lands west of Highway 60.
See the full Recreation Facility Business Plan Proposal here.
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1 Columbia Avenue West
Devon, AB T9G 1A1
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