Alberta by Design: Blueprint for an Effective Land-Use Framework

Publication - Feb. 21, 2008 - By Steve Kennett, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)

This report by the Pembina Institute and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) proposes a blueprint for improving Albertans’ quality of life and ensuring environmental sustainability. The report sets out guiding principles for a new, effective land use framework. The detailed blueprint has three key elements:

  • A new policy foundation for land and resource management: Implement outcome-based land and resource management that focuses on long-term sustainability and improvements in quality of life.
  • A new planning process enshrined in legislation: Establish the rules of the game for land-use planning in new legislation that makes integrated regional planning the centerpiece of the land use framework.
  • Tools to manage cumulative impacts: Give planners the tools they need to achieve landscape-scale environmental objectives, including limits on cumulative impacts.


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