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North Saskatchewan Region



Status: Regional Advisory Council nominations now underway




NSRP Regional Planning


Status: Started


Developing the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan (NSRP) is a phased approach that begins with gathering and assessing information, input and advice, followed by receiving feedback and drafting the regional plan, and ends with finalizing and approving the plan. Making and Amending Regional Plans offers more information about the planning process.  



NSRP Regional Advisory Council 


Status: Nominations underway


A Regional Advisory Council (RAC) comprised of members with a cross-section of expertise and experience in the region will provide advice to government, insight and perspective on current and future land-use activities and challenges in the region. Administration presents more information about the role of Regional Advisory Councils.


NSRP Consultation 


Status: Not Started


Contributions from the Regional Advisory Council, First Nations and Métis groups, stakeholders, municipalities and the public inform the development of the regional plan. Visit Public Consultations to discover how to contribute to regional planning. 



NSRP Regional Plan


Status: Not Started


The regional plan sets out a new approach for managing our lands and natural resources to achieve our province's long-term environmental, economic and social goals. When a regional plan is approved by Cabinet, it becomes law. Learn more about the binding effect of regional plans at Nature and Effect of Regional Plans.



The Government of Alberta is establishing a Regional Advisory Council (RAC) for the North Saskatchewan region to provide strategic advice in the development of the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan (NSRP). Members of the RAC are appointed by Cabinet through a public and transparent nomination process, which includes apublic advertising campaign.


RAC will be composed of a cross-section of individuals who live, work, recreate and/or have an interest in the region, and are able to strategically consider what is best for the entire region at a holistic level.



RAC members are expected to prepare for and attend all council meetings. Alternates will not be allowed. Members are expected to provide their expertise and perspectives of the region and not represent their respective company or organization’s position.


RAC is scheduled to meet eight times over the course of completing its work at varying locations within the North Saskatchewan region. Tentative schedules of dates for the RAC meetings are:


- June 10 – 12

- June 24 – 26

- July 8 – 10

- July 29 – 31

- August 12 – 14

- August 26 – 28

- September 9 – 11

- September 23 – 25


Terms of Reference

The RAC provides advice to the Government of Alberta based on a terms of reference for each regional plan. The Terms of Reference for Developing the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan, which will be released in May, provides guidance on the scope of the regional plan and outlines key areas where the RAC’s advice is sought. These areas include:


- The vision, outcomes and strategic directions proposed for the North Saskatchewan region;

- Continued growth of Alberta Industrial Heartland and Capital Region as a value-add energy sector and supporting growth of the Lower Athabasca region;

- Enhancing transportation, transmission, pipelines and access to markets;

- Maintaining agricultural lands and meeting demand for agriculture and agri-food products;

- Enhancing recreation opportunities to meet growing demands for off-highway vehicle use and random camping;

- Enhancing information sharing and building stronger relationships with Aboriginal peoples;

- Promoting inter-municipal planning;

- Increasing cumulative footprint of communities and the need to use land efficiently;

- Achieving an appropriate balance for lakes in the region between a healthy environment with the current and future pressures and uses, including recreation, municipal, industrial and agricultural activities;

- Identification of potential new conservation areas to support biodiversity, specifically the identification of new potential conservation areas that are managed to protect sensitive habitats and maintain ecological systems and processes;

- Improving the way working landscapes are managed to maintain ecosystem function and biodiversity; and

- Recognizing private landowners for their stewardship and conservation and opportunities to increase private landowner awareness and use of voluntary tools.



Regional Advisory Council members will be appointed based on the following criteria:


- An understanding of the complexity of land and natural resource use in central Alberta;

- A regional and provincial perspective;

- Demonstrated expertise (e.g. education, volunteer or work experience) in land use, stewardship and conservation, or resource management;

- Experience in a sector or community of interest affected by land use issues and experience in strategies to address these issues;

- Creative and innovative thinking;

- Have the interest and the time to commit to an intensive, but highly rewarding process; and

- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, in an advisory capacity and under tight timelines.


Successful candidates for the North Saskatchewan RAC will be notified directly. Expenses and honorariums, in accordance with approved government rates, will be provided to council members that require them for meeting dates as well as one day for preparation prior to each meeting. All council members will be required to sign a Freedom of Information and Protection Policy Act consent form for the public release of their names and biographies as part of any Government of Alberta communication associated with the council.

For additional information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Regional Advisory Council.  



Those interested in becoming members of the RAC for the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan must complete the application form and submit it with their resume and a biography of no more than 200 words to the Land Use Secretariat by email, mail or fax before April 23, 2014.  


Land Use Secretariat

9th floor, Centre West Building
10035 – 108 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 3E1

Phone: (780) 644-7972
Fax: (780) 644-1034



North Saskatchewan Planning Region

To view spatial details about this planning region, go to the LUF Interactive Regional Map. To download the regional map, go to LUF Maps and Shapefiles and select North Saskatchewan Region.