Land Use

Wondering what's going on with land use planning as it continues down the road to implementation? Ever asked who Alberta's water allocation system is "FIT FIR"? Curious about how the federal Environmental Bill of Rights might affect you? Have questions about how waste from proposed nuclear power developments...

By Cindy Chiasson Question Will the Environmental Law Centre prepare a brief report on the current performance of the Land-use Framework, future considerations and recommendations for the Alberta government and Cabinet? Answer The Centre has been following the Land-use Framework initiative from its beginning, and we have provided ongoing...

By Cindy Chiasson Question Can you confirm that there are no interim measures planned or in place with respect to the implementation of the regional plans? Answer Section 9(2)(l) of the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) provides that a regional plan can include “transitional or bridging arrangements”.  Cabinet has...

By Cindy Chiasson Question Is there a sense that regional plans would be allowed some significant differences depending on the region or is the government of Alberta more intent on streamlining planning across the province? Answer So far, it appears that the regional plans will differ depending on the...

By Cindy Chiasson Question What would the expected budget allocation be for government payments to landowners resulting from easements, land value impacts, etc.? Answer There is no right to compensation under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) other than (1) what can be claimed in relation to conservation directives...

By Cindy Chiasson Question Are there elements of the Land-Use Framework or the Alberta Land Stewardship Act that will help to improve current gaps within the government related to aboriginal consultation? Answer As a preface to this answer, I want to remind readers that the Environmental Law Centre’s expertise...

By: Cindy Chiasson Question Is there compensation for participating in regional advisory council discussions/positions? Answer I’m going to break this question into two parts. Is there compensation provided to regional advisory council members? Is financial assistance provided to members of the public who wish to participate in public consultations on a...

By: Cindy Chiasson Question How will the members of regional advisory councils be chosen? Answer Section 51 of the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) provides for the appointment of a regional advisory council for a planning region, including the appointment of members to the council.  Cabinet has the power...

By: Cindy Chiasson Alberta's lands have been subject to ever-increasing pressures by population growth, industrial expansion and competition for multiple uses on the same pieces of land. In its Land Use Framework, the province stated:"What worked for us when our population was only one or two million...