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Subregional and Issue-Specific Plans


Regional plans will integrate provincial policies at the regional level and provide a clear context for land use decision-making by municipalities, provincial departments, boards, and agencies.


In some cases, detailed planning may be necessary within a region to address a subregional concern or specific issue. These plans go into more depth than a regional plan can, and focus on the specifics of the situation.


If accepted by Cabinet and where appropriate, these plans can be incorporated into the regional plan under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act. Examples include: 



Capital Region Growth Plan: Growing Forward (2009)


A regional board of 25 municipalities (from Legal to Leduc and from Wabamun to Lamont) created this long-range regional growth management plan. It deals with four main priorities: land-use planning, inter-municipal transit, information services and affordable housing. Refer to the brochure or the Capital Region Board for more information about this plan approved by the Alberta government.

Calgary Regional Partnership: Calgary Metropolitan Plan (2012)


Calgary Regional Partnership includes several communities in the Calgary area from Banff to Strathmore, Airdrie to Nanton, with Calgary and other municipalities in between. This work balances the need to protect our regional landscape, with the growth of our developed area and the need for regional infrastructure -- a priority for the Land-use Framework.

Comprehensive Regional Infrastructure Sustainability Plans (CRISP)


CRISP plans are new long-term and collaborative approaches to planning infrastructure in Alberta's three oil sands areas. Each plan will establish a long-term framework for future infrastructure development based on possible future oil sands production rates and associated population growth, and will enhance the way provincial and municipal governments work together.


Urban Development Sub-Region (2012)


The commitment will give the Municipality (of Wood Buffalo) jurisdiction over sufficient land to undertake residential, commercial and industrial development for up to 200,000 residents. Learn more about the Urban Development Sub-Region and how this is expected to bring stability to the housing market in Fort McMurray. 




Integrated Resource Plans


Integrated Resource Plans outline the land and resource management intent for a planning area based on a landscape assessment. These assessments:

  • Include the resource, physical and biological characteristics and social values within a planning area;
  • Identify objectives for long-term management of the area to promote responsible use of the land in the future; and
  • Describe the type of activities that are compatible with this land and resource management direction. For example, public land may be designated for recreation, grazing, oil and gas, forestry or other uses.


- Excerpt from Alberta Environment and Parks website (2014) -


Existing subregional integrated resource plans will be reviewed for their relevance and incorporated as appropriate under the implementation strategies of a regional plan or future sub-regional or issue-specific plans developed within the region.


Within the Lower Athabasca Region, integrated resource plans have been developed which identify objectives for long-term management of specific landscapes. The Fort McMurray Athabasca Oil Sands Sub-Regional Integrated Resource Plan (2002) is an example of a government-approved integrated resource plan. Development decisions on Crown lands will have to be in alignment with the regional plan to achieve regional outcomes established in the plan. Specific to Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (2012), within two years, existing sub-regional integrated resource plans will be reviewed for their relevance and incorporated as appropriate under the implementation strategies in Lower Athabasca Regional Plan or future sub-regional or issue-specific plans developed within the region.