Vulcan residents braved blizzard conditions to attend the third day of South Saskatchewan Regional Plan sessions. We appreciate their dedication and their feedback on the Regional Advisory Council’s advice.
- Water is a limiting factor on future growth – long term-planning needs to be improved.
- Water needs to be protected and monitored at the source.
- Local communities expressed a need for help with water quantity and quality issues.
2. Growth and population
- A healthy economy is a priority – more is needed to improve economic opportunities and prospects of smaller centres.
- Healthy communities should be driven by landowners.
- Who is supporting agriculture and agriculture diversification.
- Concern was expressed that the RAC advice did not support rural community expansion.
- Some attendees had the following concerns about factory farms:
- Ecological impact
- Impact on family farms
- Influence on culture of communities
3. Property rights / Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA)
- An opinion was expressed that ALSA amendments enhanced property rights.
- Participants were very supportive of the inclusion of property rights in the vision statement.
4. Conservation areas, recreation and tourism
- How do you manage conservation area when there are conflicting objectives, i.e., Castle?
- There is a need to create buffer zones around park boundaries and conservation areas.
- The current fuzzy areas around conservation areas in the maps do not provide enough detail for municipalities.
- There are concerns about the impact of irresponsible recreation activities on public and private land.
5. Regional plan process
- Support for Land-use Framework and the need for regional planning was expressed.
- There is a potential for conflict between geographic and issue-specific sub-regional plans – could sub-regional plans cross regional plan boundaries?
- Compliance with regional plans could be administratively onerous and expensive for municipalities.
- The RAC advice is a high-level document, concern was expressed about the smaller details.
- Culture and recreation need to be defined better.
- Better education is needed for decision makers.
- Concern expressed that section 6.2 unfairly indicts communities for insufficient knowledge; more to do with lack of resources and financial support from province.
Community conversations will be held in the big cities next week, we hope to see you there!
Tuesday, November 13
Radisson Hotel Calgary Airport
2120 – 16th Avenue, NE
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 15
Ramada Conference Centre
11834 Kingsway Avenue
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.