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Lower Athabasca Regional Plan Outcomes


 

Status: LARP became effective September 1, 2012. Monitoring is underway.

   

Various governments, ministries and agencies will work together in an integrated manner as the system and tools required to support implementation of the regional plan are developed. While the following strategies and actions each fall primarily into the mandate of one or more ministries, it is important to note that a government-wide approach is being taken to implement the strategies. This is part of the shift to a cumulative effects management system as envisioned by the Land-use Framework.

 

 

Regional Outcomes and Strategies (Table 2 in LARP)

  

Provincial and Strategies Lead Ministry Timeline

Provincial and Strategies Lead Ministry Timeline

Provincial and Strategies Lead Ministry Timeline

Provincial and Strategies Lead Ministry Timeline

Healthy economy supported by our land and natural resources

1.The economic potential

of the oil sands resource

is optimized

  • Alberta Provincial Energy Strategy
  • Responsible Actions: A Plan for Alberta’s Oil Sands
  • Improved regulatory process
  • Sub-regional plan using a strategic environmental assessment approach for the south Athabasca oil sands area
  • Connecting the Dots: Aboriginal Workforce and Economic Development in Alberta
  • Energy
  • Energy
  • Energy/ Environment Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment Sustainable Resource Development
  • Human Services
  • Ongoing 
  • Ongoing
  • Ongoing
  • 2013
  • Ongoing

2.The region’s economy is diversified

  • Prevent future shortfalls in timber supply 
  • Wildfire management planning initiatives
  • The Alberta Forest Products Roadmap to 2020
  • Lakeland Country Destination Development Strategy and Tourism Opportunity Plan
  • Enhance and expand the supply of tourism products and infrastructure
  • Tourism development nodes
  • Tourism opportunity assessments for Quarry of the Ancestors, Bitumount and Fort Chipewyan
  • Scenic Byways Network
  • Clarity in rules for physical access to energy, mineral and coal resources
  • Promote new investment in energy, mineral and coal resource development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation/Culture
  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development/ Energy
  • Energy
  • Ongoing 
  • Ongoing
  • Ongoing
  • 2015
  • Ongoing
  • 2015
  • 2014 
  • 2015 
  • Ongoing
  • Ongoing

Healthy ecosystems and environment

3. Landscapes are

managed to maintain

ecosystem function and

biodiversity

  • Create new conservation areas on provincial Crown land
  • Manage existing conserved lands
  • Develop a biodiversity management framework
  • Develop a landscape management plan for public lands in the Green Area
  • Complete a tailings management framework
  • Implement the progressive reclamation strategy
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development/ Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development/ Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • As soon as practicable
  • Ongoing 
  • 2013
  • 2013 
  • Ongoing
  • Ongoing

4.Air and water are

managed to support

human and ecosystem

needs

  • Implement the Air Quality Management Framework for the Lower Athabasca Region
  • Implement the Surface Water Quality Management Framework for the Lower Athabasca River
  • Complete and implement the Groundwater Management Framework for the Lower Athabasca Region
  • Complete an updated surface water quantity management framework for the Lower Athabasca River
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Ongoing
  • Ongoing 
  •  2014
  •  2012

People-friendly communities with ample recreational and cultural opportunities

5. Infrastructure

development supports

economic and

population growth

  • Use CRISP to augment and facilitate planning where oil sands development causes growth pressures
  • Ensure opportunities for future routes and siting for pipeline gateways, transmission corridors utility and electrical transmission corridors are maintained
  • Critical economic linkages to markets
  • Energy
  • Energy/Transportation
  • Transportation/Enterprise &Advanced Education
  • Ongoing
  • Ongoing 
  •  Ongoing

6.The quality of life of

residents is enhanced

through increased

opportunities for

recreation and active

living

  • Designate new provincial recreation areas to address growing demand for recreational opportunities
  • Create public land areas for recreation and tourism that contain unique features or settings
  • Develop the regional parks plan for the Lower Athabasca
  • Develop the Lower Athabasca Regional Trail System Plan
  • Collect regional data including completion of recreation and tourism inventory, a scenic resource assessment inventory and a regional recreational demand and satisfaction survey.
  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation/Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation/Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  • As soon as practicable
  • As soon as practicable
  • 2013
  • Ongoing
  • Ongoing

7. Inclusion of aboriginal

peoples in land-use

planning

  • Continue to consult with aboriginal peoples in a meaningful way when government decisions may adversely affect the continued exercise of their constitutionally protected rights
  • Invite First Nations expressing an interest in the Richardson Backcountry to be involved in a sub-regional initiative called the First Nations- Richardson Backcountry Stewardship Initiative (Richardson Initiative)
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development/ Energy/ Tourism, Parks and Recreation/ Aboriginal Relations
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development/ Energy/ Tourism, Parks and Recreation/ Aboriginal Relations
  • Ongoing
  • Ongoing

 

 

As a means of assessing whether regional outcomes and objectives are being achieved, a series of economic, environmental and social indicators will be regularly monitored, evaluated and reported. Refer to Results Reporting for more information about regular reporting of LARP and other regional planning results.