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Public and Stakeholder Consultations 


Status: South Saskatchewan Regional Plan amendment consultation is now complete


The 30-day public input period for the expansion of the Castle Wildland Provincial Park and creation of a Provincial Park is now complete. Thank you for providing your feedback.


Separate aboriginal consultation will follow the Government of Alberta's First Nations Consultation Policy on Land Management and Resource Development and associated Guidelines.


A decision regarding the proposal has not yet been made. All comments received during the public input period are being considered before a decision is made.


Enhancing the Protection of the Castle area


This past election our government made a commitment to enhance the protection of the Castle area, one of the most biologically diverse areas in the South Saskatchewan Region and part of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP). To honour its commitment, the Government of Alberta is moving forward with a plan to amend the SSRP by expanding the current Castle Wildland Provincial Park and creating a new Provincial Park, bringing the entire Castle area under Parks' legislation.


The planned ammendment would protect important fish and wildlife habitats, shared international wildlife populations, provide headwater protection, help to manage and develop recreational and tourism opportunities, and reduce or remove industrial impacts on the landscape. In addition, this would enhance the significant recreation and tourism potential of the area, contribute to the local economy, and continue to position Alberta as an international tourism destination.


For additional information about the planned commitment, including what existing and new recreational and industrial activities will be permitted, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and Information Brochure. You may download maps of the Current State of the Castle area, the Proposed Final State, as well as the Shapefile.



Consultation Status for All Regional Plans


The Government of Alberta is committed to building regional plans with the participation of Albertans. As government prepares to consult in other planning regions, dates and locations will be posted on this page, as well as on the Government of Alberta Public Consultations website or through your local media.


At this time, consultations


  • are underway for the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan
  • are completed for the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan 2014 - 2024
  • are completed for the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan 2012 - 2022
  • have not started for the remaining regional plans.


Land-use planning and the development of regional plans in Alberta is a partnership with Albertans. The first plan to be developed under the Land-use Framework and approved by Cabinet, the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan for the northeast portion of the province, demonstrates that partnership as it reflects the input of Albertans, stakeholders, municipalities and aboriginal peoples. The second regional plan, the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan, was approved in July 2014.



Requirement to Consult


Under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act, consultation with Albertans is a legal requirement during drafting of regional plans. For the Lower Athabasca and South Saskatchewan regional plans, a cross-section of Albertans were asked to participate in a Regional Advisory Council and provide their advice to government on what the regional plans should contain. In addition, All Albertans were asked:


  • for their input on issues in the region
  • for their feedback on advice from the Regional Advisory Council
  • for their feedback on draft regional plans.


Once consultation is completed, government produces the final plans and presents the regional plans to the Legislature before Cabinet can approve them. 



Contributing to Regional Planning


During the regional planning process, your input is needed. There are several ways to contribute to regional planning:



As an Albertan

  • Attend public consultation open information sessions held in your region to speak with people knowledgeable about regional planning.
  • Express your views by completing online or hardcopy workbooks.


As a Stakeholder


  • Contribute through the above methods plus...
  • Attend stakeholder consultation workshops held throughout the region along with people from industrial organizations and companies, conservation and environmental organizations, government agencies, and other organizations.


As an Aboriginal


  • Contribute through any or all of the above methods plus...
  • Attend meetings in various locations throughout the region and throughout the planning process with First Nations and Métis individuals.


As a Regional Advisory Council Member


  • Contribute through any or all of the above methods plus...
  • As an appointed member of the Regional Advisory Council, meet with representatives who have a wide range of experience and expertise in the region to advise government on the development of the regional plan. 



Summaries from public consultations, stakeholder consultations and completed workbooks are located in Publications or in region-specific consultation pages such as Lower Athabasca Region Consultation or South Saskatchewan Region Consultation. Refer to Aboriginal Peoples for more information regarding the contributions of First Nation and Métis groups. Regional Advisory Council agendas, meeting notes and advice to government are also available in region-specific Council pages such as Lower Athabasca Regional Advisory Council, South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council or North Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council.