The Rural Municipality of Sherwood (RM) has experienced significant growth over the past several years and this has increased the rate of land development in some areas, for example the Sherwood Industrial Park (SIP). SIP has been designated as an area for light and heavy industry and as growth proceeds, land in this area is being transformed from agricultural fields to sites that are largely occupied by buildings and parking lots. The pattern of growth also complicates matters in that agricultural land that is still farmed lies between the main drainage outlet, Boggy Creek, and SIP. To date, there has been no overall stormwater management plan for this region and this has led to drainage disputes among landowners. It is generally recognized that stormwater management must be addressed in a different manner than in the past and that new approaches to stormwater management are required to balance the different land uses within the area.
This Master Stormwater Drainage Plan (MDP) discusses key aspects of the planning, analysis, design and construction of future stormwater management systems in SIP. The Plan is intended to assist RM staff, community developers and landowners planning to develop lands within SIP. By following the recommendations of this plan, it is expected that the rate of growth in this region will not outpace the collective ability to protect the natural environment from the potentially harmful effects of stormwater run.