Calling the North Saskatchewan region dynamic is like calling a Canadian winter cold – a bit of an understatement. The North Saskatchewan region is home to Alberta’s expanding Industrial Heartland, our dynamic capital region, some of the world’s best farmland – and almost 40 per cent of the province’s population. Of course, the region also hosts mountains, foothills and many important ecosystems – and balancing the protection of these resources with support for the development of a rapidly growing region is an on-going challenge. Our long-term land use planning process is designed to help us meet that challenge.
The North Saskatchewan Regional Plan is Alberta’s third land-use plan so far. Over the past three years, we’ve completed the plan for the Lower Athabasca – which is currently being implemented – and wrapped up consultations on the South Saskatchewan regional plan, which ended last year. We blogged about what we heard during the consultations for each of those plans; you can view the summaries here.
Today, we kicked off phase one of the North Saskatchewan planning process. During phase one, we want to hear from Albertans and Aboriginal peoples who live in the region about their concerns and what they would like to see in the plan. You can do this in two ways:
- Fill out and submit an online workbook by July 31st.
- Attend one of our 21 community consultation sessions, starting May 27th (click to enlarge):
To help spark this conversation, the government puts together terms of reference for each plan, along with a profile of the region. Terms of reference offer a draft vision of the plan and its outcomes. Reading through these materials can be a good way to familiarize yourself with the region and the scope of the planning process. You can find these documents here.