Regional Planning

In Alberta, the Land Use Framework created seven regions that are congruent with the province’s major watersheds and aligned with municipal boundaries. The regional plans are intended to:

  • integrate existing provincial policies and strategies
  • align policies with regional economic, environmental and social outcomes
  • provide clear policy direction for land users and land-use decision-makers
  • follow a cumulative effects approach

The relationship between municipalities and regional plans is established in both the ALSA and the Municipal Government Act (MGA). The Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) states that municipal plans and bylaws must be consistent with an approved regional plan. The MGA requires that municipalities and municipal planning authorities must each carry out their function and responsibilities in accordance with any adopted regional plan. This provision comes into effect immediately upon the adoption of the regional plan. Each regional plan sets out a specific time frame within which municipalities within the area covered by the regional plan must complete a review of their plans and bylaws and amend them where necessary to ensure consistency with the regional plan.

This section provides regional planning documents that must be reviewed to ensure land use proposals align with these regulations.

Title Descriptions

Upper Athabasca Landscape Assessment

A Regional Forest Landscape Assessment provided detailed information such as administrative boundaries, physical conditions, landscape patterns and structure, landscape disturbance and succession, and land use.

Upper Athabasca Region

The Upper Athabasca Regional Plan provides policy direction from decision-makers at the federal, provincial and local levels of government. This document supports local and regional policies and strategies that guide areas including land and natural resources management, long-term economic growth, and environmental and social goals. Currently, this document is not available.

Intermunicipal Development Plan

An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) outlines policies about land use, economic development, environment, infrastructure and municipal facilities in the fringe area between the Town of Edson and Yellowhead County, providing a framework for making decisions within the respective municipalities. The IDP’s goal is to facilitate and sustain long-term strategic growth and to identify joint development opportunities.

IDP Amendments: