Gateways and Corridors Strategy

Welcome to the Town’s Gateways and Corridors strategy webpage. Here you will find up-to-date information regarding the project. There are also a number of helpful resources such as examples of other gateways and corridors strategic documents, and links to other types of documents and imagery that relate to the project.

For ease of use, the page is separated into the following topics

  • General information and project timeline

  • Public engagement opportunities and outcomes

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Background information

  • Contact us

General Information and Project Timeline

What are gateways and corridors?


A gateway is a particular part of a community where people enter an area that may be considered special.

For instance, for people entering Coaldale from Highway 3, Highway 845 or 20th Street (east of Coaldale), each of those entrances is considered a gateway to the community.

Within Coaldale, an example of a gateway is the intersection of Highway 845 and 20th Avenue. This area is the start of Coaldale’s main street (a special place to the community)


A corridor is usually a street or road that represents a special function or is a special place for the community.

For instance, the highways and roads leading into Coaldale such as Highway 845 and Highway 3, and 20th Street (east of Coaldale) are all key corridors that lead into and through Coaldale.

Within Coaldale, main street east of Highway 845 is a corridor and a special place to the community.

Why is the Town undertaking a Gateways and Corridors Strategy?

Given the significance of Coaldale’s gateways and corridors, the strategy is an effort to formalize the thoughts and ideas that the community’s residents, businesses and organizations have with regards to how to enhance the visual appeal of these areas in order that these backdrops to Coaldale may be as enjoyable and attractive as possible.

How long with the project take?

The intent with the Gateways and Corridors Strategy is to create a plan with time-based actions that can be achieved as soon as the summer of 2018, and as far into the future as it takes for the complete vision for Coaldale’s Gateways and Corridors to be achieved. The path to achieving the complete vision for these areas can be broken down into 5 major steps:

Step 1:             project kick-off and community engagement – December 2017 to April 2018

Sub-steps:       a) project kick-off/community workshop – December 2017

b) stakeholder focus groups – January to March 201

c) wrap-up community workshops – March/April 2018

Step 2:             synthesis of ideas – May 2018

Step 3:             presentation of draft strategy to the community: May/June 2018

Step 4:             kick-off of highest priority actions – July/August 2018

Step 5:             ongoing efforts to achieve the complete vision – ongoing

Public Engagement Opportunities and Outcomes

Public engagement opportunities are as follows:

1. Project kick-off/community workshop- December 2017 (COMPLETED)

Workshop presentation boards 

Summary of feedback from the workshops: December 7, 2017 and January 11, 2018

Workshop Outcomes

Focus Group Outcomes- Chamber of Commerce

2. Stakeholder focus groups – January to March 2018

Stakeholder focus group opportunities will be extended to the community as a whole, and to specific groups with an interest in the gateways and corridors. For instance, Coaldale’s Chamber of Commerce will be invited to a focus group session, Agencies and organizations represented in the gateways and corridors will be invited to a focus group session, such as Alberta Transportation and CP Rail.

Focus group formats allow for a maximum of around 20 participants per facilitator, so please sign up early.

3. Wrap-up community workshops – March/April 2018

These workshops will be an opportunity to bring all of the ideas that have been shared back to the community for a discussion regarding which ideas should be priorities for the immediate future, and which should be longer term goals.

4. Presentation of draft strategy to the community – May/June 2018

As a final step before Town Council considers approval of the Gateways and Corridors Strategy, the draft strategy will be presented to the community online and at an open house.

Outside of formal engagement efforts, you are always welcome to call, email or stop by the Town office to share your thoughts, ideas and concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The FAQ section provides an opportunity for anybody interested in the project to submit a question for the Town to respond to. As questions are submitted this FAQ section will be updated.

Background Information

Examples from other jurisdictions

Town of Coaldale documents

Contact Us

Stop in at the Coaldale Town Office at 1920-17 Street

Spencer Croil, RPP MCIP

Director of Planning and Community Development

Phone: 403.345.1304