The town was planned according to modern town-planning principles by the Edmonton District Planning Commission and CMHC. It was labelled "Canada's Model Town" since it was the first municipality in Canada to be approved by a regional planning commission. The town grew extremely quickly, but because of planning controls, its development was orderly.
Its economy is still based on the oil and gas industry; however, the addition of the Devon Coal Research Centre is helping to diversify the economy. Devon is the only Urban County in Alberta. The Town Council administers both the municipality and the school board. Many people from Devon commute to work in nearby Edmonton.
Author D.G. WETHERELL
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