Applying land use planning best practices to limit cumulative effects and conserve environmentally significant areas and corridors protects Alberta’s landscapes and ecosystems.
There is now a broad consensus among Albertans that the current system of land-use planning is broken. An independent survey (click here for survey results) of over 3,000 Albertans identified their top three concerns were:
In this same survey, 95% of respondents said the government must establish new approaches to land use; 80% said they would be willing to set limits for growth and resource development.
The Province’s Land Use Framework, released in December 2008, provides a venue to apply a new method of thinking to how land is used in Alberta. The land use framework divides the Province into 7 regions. Land use plans will be developed for each region. Planning for the Lower Athabasca Region and the South Saskatchewan Region is currently underway.
The TRIAD is an internationally accepted approach to land use planning that enables sustainable development of resources by dividing the landscape into three zones: intensive, extensive and protected.
Cumulative effects management considers the combined impact of development on the landscape over time. Effects are evaluated using science based indicators and thresholds linked with on-going monitoring.
Minimizing habitat fragmentation by reducing the amount of land used for or in close proximity to access roads, seismic lines, and other industrial infrastructure.