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Sount Saskatchewan Regional Plan

South Saskatchewan Region


Status: Phase 3 Consultations Completed 



Thank you for providing feedback on the draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan by completing an online workbook or by attending any one of the 21 sessions held across the region from November 5 through November 28, 2013.   


SSRP Regional Planning


Status: Planning Underway


Initial planning activities such as development of a regional profile, input from public and stakeholders on regional issues, Cabinet approval of terms of reference and Regional Advisory Council members, and submission of Regional Advisory Council advice to government are completed. The last phase of planning which focuses on producing the final plan is now underway.    


SSRP Regional Advisory Council


Status: Advice Provided  


In February 2011, South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council (RAC) provided their Advice to Government (2011). The SSRP RAC recommended that a regional plan for southern Alberta focus on water supply, economic development and conservation needs. Visit SSRP RAC to review their  recommendations and related materials. The Council's mandate is now fulfilled.




 SSRP Consultation 


Status: Consultations Completed


Summaries of Phase 1 and 2 consultation sessions as well as completed workbooks are now available. Phase 3 consultation, now completed, focused on reviewing the draft plan. Go to SSRP Consultation to discover how Albertans contributed to South Saskatchewan's regional plan.



SSRP Regional Plan


Status: Draft Developed


The Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (2013) creates new conservation areas, establishes environmental limits, protects our water supply and provides clarity about land use and access. Based on Albertans feedback on the draft plan, government will produce the final plan and submit it to Cabinet for approval. Once approved, the plan becomes law




Released in 2008, the Land-use Framework sets out a new approach for managing lands and natural resources to achieve Alberta’s long-term economic, environmental and community goals. A key strategy of the framework is the development of seven regional plans based on seven new land-use regions. The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) is the second of seven plans to be developed under the Framework. 



South Saskatchewan Region


The South Saskatchewan is the most populated region in the provice, with an estimated 1.6 million people - or 45 per cent of the population of Alberta. The cumulative effects of population growth and economic development are increasing pressure on the region's air, water, land and biodiversity.


The following challenges have been identified in the region:

  • Water security
  • Expanding communities
  • Sensitive habitats and species at risk
  • Infrastructure needs
  • Maintaining agricultural land base
  • Tourism growth
  • Managing recreation
  • Resource development
  • Sustainable forests  



The vision for the South Saskatchewan Region is:



Southern Alberta is a diverse, healthy, vibrant and prosperous region where the natural beauty of the mountains, foothills, farmlands and prairies are managed so citizens feel connected to the land and its history. The region is a thriving place that offers a wide range of opportunities to residents and visitors alike. Social, economic and environmental values are effectively achieved with shared stewardship and an integrated approach. The quality and integrity of the landscape is sustained through the use of science, innovative thinking, traditional aboriginal and community knowledge, recognizing the interests of all Albertans.





DRAFT South Saskatchewan Regional Plan


The Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (2013) is an integrated resource management approach which looks at the relationship between all of our activities, along with natural events, and the challenges facing the region, and sets the stage for robust growth, vibrant communities and a healthy environment over the next 50 years.


The draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) was developed over two phases of consultation with Albertans, including aboriginal people, a wide variety of stakeholders, municipalities, government and advice from the South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council. It builds upon our strong history of shared stewardship of the land.




- Highlights of the Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (2013) - 



Highlights of the Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan 


The Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan:


  • Creates 32 new and expanded recreation and conservation areas, including Castle Wildland Provincial Park, Castle Conservation Area and Pekisko Heritage Rangeland.
  • Increases the percentage of conservation areas in the eastern slopes to 33 per cent from the current 22 per cent. This action protects water sources, conserves lands and manages critical habitat.
  • Creates environmental management frameworks for air, surface water and biodiversity that include strict limits.
  • Provides certainty and clarity for industry, recreationalists and other land users about operating and accessing public lands.



Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan Maps and Shapefiles 


The Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan contains several maps including a Schedule D Digital Overview Map of proposed new and expanded conservation and recreation areas. This map is accompanied by complementary shapefiles intended to assist GIS specialists take a closer look at the boundaries of these proposed areas. To access related PDF maps, refer to Maps and Shapefiles and select a category associated with the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan. These maps are provided for reference purposes only.



Next Steps


Albertans were invited to provide feedback on the draft plan through an online workbook or by attending one of 21 information sessions held across the region. Feedback received during this last phase of consultations informs the final plan for the South Saskatchewan Region. Once approved by Cabinet, the plan will become a legal document and its implementation will be stewarded by the Land Use Secretariat.