Complete Streets

The City of St. Albert has developed Complete Streets Guidelines and an Implementation Strategy, which will influence how streets are designed in the future.

Complete Streets is a design approach that balances the needs of all roadway users. Whether you drive, bike, walk or take the bus, Complete Streets are designed to provide safe, comfortable and convenient access for all users at all ages.

Under this philosophy, streets interface with buildings, businesses, open spaces and parks to create an urban environment that is more than a corridor for vehicles. A Complete Street may contain driving lanes, cycle paths, sidewalks/trails and boulevard trees. It depends on the priorities of the community; which elements will be part of a Complete Street. 

Implementation Plan

  • The City has identified the following key short-term activities:
    • Apply the Complete Streets Design Guidelines to upcoming planning associated with new development and appropriate/applicable construction projects.
  • At this time, resources will not be allocated to retro-fit existing roadways or towards developing project charters to proactively initiate Complete Streets without an alignment to a larger network improvement or capital plan.
  • Update the Municipal Engineering Standards, which will provide direction for new development and construction of Complete Streets.
  • Update the Transportation Systems Bylaw, which will summarize the transportation network and provide the new roadway typologies.
    • Roadway typologies are associated with a road’s intended function and considers the adjacent land use as well as the anticipated demands from all types of road users.
  • Complete the Active Transportation Plan Gaps Assessment - This activity is underway and will identify where gaps exist for sidewalks and trails within the current transportation network and prioritize locations to reduce those gaps.

Public Participation

Thank you to everyone who participated in the open house or filled out the survey. All information gathered will be reviewed and may be integrated into a recommended conceptual design. 

The northern portion of St. Albert Trail, from Boudreau Road/Giroux Road to the northern City limits, has been identified as a priority area for transportation network improvements and will be converted from the existing wide rural cross-section to an urban cross-section aligning to the Complete Streets Guidelines.

Information Boards

Next Steps

  • Preliminary design for the first phase: St. Albert Trail - from Boudreau Road/Giroux Road to Coal Mine Road, is anticipated to begin in 2019. 
  • Construction is proposed (pending budget approval) for the first phase in 2020. 

Complete Streets Guidelines & Implementation Plan


  • November 15, 2017 - First Open House – Identify community priorities
  • Winter 2017/2018 – Draft Design Guidelines and Specifications
  • Spring 2018 - Second Open House – Share the Complete Streets Design Guidelines and Strategy
  • October 9, 2018 - Council Presentation to present Complete Streets Guidelines and Implementation Strategy
  • October 22, 2018 - Council Presentation to address past motions that are now in conflict with the updated Complete Streets Guidelines
  • 2019 – Update to Municipal Standards

Last edited: October 23, 2019