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Public and Stakeholder Consultations 


Status: South Saskatchewan Regional Plan amendment completed.


Through consultation and engagement, Albertans and Indigenous peoples had an opportunity in 2016 to share their values for the Castle area and provide input and feedback on protecting the area. Based on this contribution, on January 20, 2017 the Government of Alberta announced its commitment to enhance the protection of the Castle Area. This included the creation of the Castle Provincial Park and the Castle Wildland Provincial Park which came into effect on February 16, 2017. As the Castle Parks are located within the South Saskatchewan Region, the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan was amended to support government’s commitment.


All activities and land uses in the Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park must be consistent with the Alberta Parks legislation and regulation(s) as well as the direction that has been set out in the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan.  A Castle Parks Management Plan will provide strategic policy direction regarding management within the protected areas. Contact Alberta Environment and Parks for more information.  



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


  • will soon be 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, effective in 2014 and amended in 2017 continues to demonstrate that partnership and commitment of all to the province of Alberta.



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.