Red Deer County
Red Deer County
Location within Alberta
|Census division||No. 8|
|• Mayor||Jim Wood|
|• Governing body|
|• Manager||Curtis Herzberg|
|• MP||Blaine Calkins|
|• Office location||west of Red Deer|
|• Land||3,961.85 km2 (1,529.68 sq mi)|
|• Density||4.9/km2 (13/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-7 (MST)|
|Forward sortation area|
Red Deer County is a municipal district in central Alberta, Canada within Census Division No. 8 and surrounding the City of Red Deer. The neighbouring municipalities of Red Deer County are Clearwater County to the west, Lacombe County to the north, the County of Stettler No. 6 to the east, Kneehill County to the southeast and Mountain View County to the south. It is located approximately midway between Edmonton and Calgary, bisected by the Queen Elizabeth II Highway and bounded on the north and east by the Red Deer River.
Red Deer County is largely an agricultural area, and much of the rural land is actively used for growing crops, feeding livestock and providing lumber and mineral resources. The County has initiated several projects to ensure that agriculture and the environment are represented as it continues to grow.
An Agricultural Profile has been created to detail the County's existing agriculture, land and water resources. The County was divided into 19 distinct geographic areas called County Neighbourhoods. These delineations distinguish variations in drainage, soil type, water resources, and primary production. County Neighbourhoods have specific characteristics that will assist future growth and development plans.
Livestock and crop production are an important part of the economy. The County has dairies that make cheese, U-pick vegetable and fruit farms and the largest organic farm in Alberta. Amenities for trout fishing exist at a U-fish pond. The County also has elk, deer, and apiary farms as well as a mouse farm, which raises white mice for the pet food industry.
Construction of residences and most buildings in Red Deer County require County-issued development permits to assure that proposed projects are in conformance with applicable County bylaws and statutory plans and are also consistent with requirements regulating property divisions and uses such as setbacks, minimum frontage, potable water supply and sewage disposal systems.
As well, permits are often required from other agencies such as Alberta Transportation or Alberta Environment. Although the County has no jurisdiction in these areas, it can assist applicants through the process.
In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Red Deer County recorded a population of 19,541 living in 7,097 of its 8,440 total private dwellings, a 6.7% change from its 2011 population of 18,316. With a land area of 3,961.85 km2 (1,529.68 sq mi), it had a population density of 4.9/km2 (12.8/sq mi) in 2016.
In the 2011 Census, Red Deer County had a population of 18,351 living in 6,643 of its 7,703 total dwellings, a -1.6% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 18,649. With a land area of 3,949 km2 (1,525 sq mi), it had a population density of 4.6/km2 (12.0/sq mi) in 2011.
Communities and localities
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- "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- "Red Deer, City (Census Subdivision), Alberta". Statistics Canada. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
- "Municipal Codes" (PDF). of Alberta Municipal Affairs. March 31, 2020. p. 7 of 13. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
- "Red Deer County News: Gasoline Alley West Becomes County's Newest Hamlet" (PDF). Red Deer County. November 2018. p. 1. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
- "Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2006, Economic Regions: 4808001 - Red Deer County, geographical codes and localities, 2006". Statistics Canada. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
- "Business Parks & Real Estate". Red Deer County. Retrieved July 20, 2017.