The Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (Draft SSRP) is a work in progress that must do more if it is to advance the Alberta Land Use Framework (LUF).
This is the acid test. The South Saskatchewan is the most economically, socially and environmentally diverse region in Alberta. Overlapping uses and property interests blanket public and private land. The Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) could do much to manage this landscape, but at risk to its own health.
As a political exercise, the Draft SSRP is extraordinary in how it provides supporters of the LUF something to build on while denying detractors of ALSA their evidence of harm. The problem is that the Draft SSRP might not do what the LUF demands. Exactly what the LUF requires of a regional plan is debatable, but business as usual would definitely be a failure.
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