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South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council


 

 

Status: Regional Advisory Council provided advice to government. Their mandate is fulfilled.

 

 

 

South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council Advice to Government (2011)

 

The South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council recommends that a regional plan for southern Alberta should focus on water supply, economic development and conservation needs. 

 

Terms of Reference for Developing the South Saskatchewan Region (2009)

 

Government-supplied terms of reference asked the Regional Advisory Council to explore the relationship between population growth, water supply, economic growth and land conservation.  

South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council Members (2010)

 

The 19-member advisory council held 13 meetings across the region, from Calgary to Medicine Hat to Strathmore.  A member from Treaty 7 was named on Sept. 28, 2010. All RAC members are connected to and have broad experience and knowledge of the region. 

South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council Roles and Responsibilities (2010)

 

Outlines the purpose, philosophy and guiding principles, roles and responsibilities, code of conduct, operating protocols and more to facilitate development of strategic advice and recommendations to the Government of Alberta. 

 

 

 

South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council Mandate

 

The Government of Alberta established the South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council (RAC) in May 2009. This was the second RAC created under Alberta’s Land-use Framework. Government-supplied terms of reference asked the RAC to explore the relationship between population growth, water supply, economic growth and land conservation.

 

The 19-member advisory council held 13 meetings across the region, from Calgary to Medicine Hat to Strathmore. Council members also participated in public information, stakeholder and municipality sessions, received more than 100 stakeholder submissions and devoted countless hours to reviewing reports, policies and other sources of information. Landowners, municipal officials and business people sat on the council. Others brought expertise in energy, conservation and stewardship, agriculture, and irrigation to the table. All RAC members are connected to and have broad experience and knowledge of the region.

 

At the end of November 2010 the South Saskatchewan RAC held its final meeting. By March of 2011 the South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council Advice to the Government of Alberta (2011) was submitted on the development of the regional plan and the Regional Advisory Council fulfilled its mandate.

 

 

 

South Saskatchewan RAC’s Vision Statement

 

 

Southern Alberta is a diverse, healthy, vibrant and prosperous region where the natural beauty of the mountains, foothills, farmlands and the subtle beauty of the prairies are managed and celebrated so that future generations remain connected to the land and its history. The region prizes its natural and economic capital, and uses an integrated approach to effectively manage social, economic and environmental interaction. The principles of personal freedom, responsibility and property rights are respected, while the quality and ecological integrity of the landscape is sustained through the use of traditional aboriginal and community knowledge, sound science, innovative thinking and accommodation of rights and interests of all Albertans.

 

  

 

 

Summary of Advice to Government from the South Saskatchewan RAC 

 

The South Saskatchewan RAC identified eight strategic land-use principles:

 

 

 

Plan for water

    It is essential to determine the feasibility of all water conservation, supply and storage options. Because the supply and quality of water is so important, demand is likely to increase, and supply may be challenged in the region under any scenario. Headwater and source water protection and the need to manage land use to sustain water production and water quality are critically important.

Respecting private land ownership

    The Government of Alberta must be guided by the principle of respecting private property rights. To acknowledge this, regional planning identifies common outcomes for private and public lands and offers implementation tools for both.
Developing conservation and stewardship tools
    Conservation and stewardship tools are critical to the success of future land-use planning in the region. It is imperative that the Government of Alberta develop an enhanced suite of conservation and stewardship tools (e.g., economic and market-based incentives, conservation easements, transferable development credits, mitigation banking, etc.). New tools, when developed, must be easily accessible, well understood and applicable.
Accommodating multiple users
    The South Saskatchewan region has a history of multiple users sharing the landscape. The focus for planning should not be primarily on “if” but on “how” and under “what” conditions an activity can be allowed on the land base. Conservation and sustainable development can co-exist, and land-use planning needs to be based on triple bottom line principles (refers to government intention to sustain economic growth in balance with Albertans’ environmental and social goals) and the use of market-based conservation tools.
Integrated planning
    Land-use planning needs to progress to outcomes based on integrated local and regional planning that uses triple bottom line principles, incorporates multiple objectives and multiple stakeholders, and involves market-based conservation and stewardship tools. Consideration should be given to reducing planning overlaps and redundancies while respecting the rights of affected jurisdictions in a collaborative approach to land-use decisions.
Regulatory streamlining and efficiency
    The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan should lead other government initiatives to promote regulatory streamlining, harmonization and reduce levels of bureaucracy. Policies need to be integrated between departments and ministries. Regulations should be made more efficient by providing clear policy direction on key issues. Clear policy is also necessary for empowering local and provincial decision-making to achieve sustainable development outcomes.
First Nations’ issues
    First Nations’ land-use issues need to be dealt with in a clear, provincial government-led process.
Economic Opportunity
    The success of the region will be dependent on the economic opportunities available in the region. This plan would provide more certainty and clarity regarding constraints to development.

 

- Excerpt from the Alberta Government News Release (March 25, 2011) -

 

 

South Saskatchewan RAC Advice Maps

 

To meet the unique needs of the South Saskatchewan area landscape, the Advisory Council proposed a land-use classification system that includes proposed management intents for each land-use type - agriculture (cultivated lands and native rangeland), conservation, mixed use (forest), population centres and recreation and tourism. 

 

RAC's recommended Land-use Classification Map (2011), Candidate Conservation Management Areas on Public Lands Map (2011) and related land-use and resource maps are available for viewing and downloading from Maps and Shapefiles under the category: South Saskatchewan Regional Plan - RAC Advice. ESRI shapefiles are not available due to the general nature of the Council's advice.

 

 

South Saskatchewan RAC Meeting Notes and Agendas

 

 

November 29-30, 2010

 Notes 13: Review and approve RAC advice document and sheets for Cabinet  - (2 pages)  Agenda 13 SSRP-RAC: Review and approve RAC advice document and sheets for Cabinet  - (2 pages)
 

October 25-27, 2010

 Notes 12: Review draft RAC advice document and sheets for Cabinet, and conservation area advice  - (4 pages)

Agenda 12 SSRP-RAC: Review draft RAC advice document and sheets for Cabinet, and conservation area advice  - (2 pages)

 
 

September 7-8, 2010

 
Notes 11: Review draft RAC advice to Cabinet and valued landscapes maps  - (3 pages)
 

Agenda 11 – SSRP-RAC: Review draft RAC advice to Cabinet and valued landscapes maps  - (3 pages)

 

June 21-22, 2010

 
Notes 10: Review draft RAC advice to Cabinet and regional land-use map classifications, learn more about conservation and stewardship tools  - (3 pages)
 

Agenda 10 – SSRP-RAC: Review draft RAC advice to Cabinet and regional land-use map classifications, learn more about conservation and stewardship tools  - (3 pages)

 

May 11-13, 2010-09-09

 
Notes 9: Review and develop RAC advice to Cabinet sheets, review valued landscape modelling results  - (4 pages)
 

Agenda 9 – SSRP-RAC: Review and develop RAC advice to Cabinet sheets, review valued landscape modelling results  - (3 pages)

 

March 29-31, 2010

 
Notes 8: Identify advice issues, recreation on public lands, Castle, headwaters, wetlands, etc.  - (5 pages)
 

Agenda 8 – SSRP-RAC: Identify advice issues, recreation on public lands, Castle, headwaters, wetlands, etc.  - (3 pages)

 

February 9-10, 2010

 
Notes 7: Trade-offs, modelling, treaty rights, South West assessment, watershed, recreational use, etc.  - (5 pages)
 

Agenda 7 – SSRP-RAC: Trade-offs, modelling, treaty rights, South West assessment, watershed, recreational use, etc.  - (4 pages)

 

January 5-6, 2010

 
Notes 6: Six Presentations - (2 pages)
 

Agenda 6 – SSRP-RAC: Six Presentations - (3 pages)

 

November 23-24, 2009

 
Notes 5: Modelling, Economic Analysis, Recreation and Tourism Benefits, Valued Landscapes, Draft Vision and Outcomes - (3 pages)
 

Agenda 5 – SSRP-RAC: Modelling, Economic Analysis, Recreation and Tourism Benefits, Valued Landscapes, Draft Vision and Outcomes - (3 pages)

 

October 6-7, 2009

 
Notes 4: Modelling, Vision and Outcomes, Regional Objectives, Valued Landscapes - (2 pages)

 

Agenda 4 – SSRP-RAC: Modelling, Vision and Outcomes, Regional Objectives, Valued Landscapes - (3 pages)

 

August 31-September 1, 2009

 
Notes 3: Terms of Reference, Modelling, Vision and Outcomes - (2 pages)

 

Agenda 3 – SSRP-RAC: Terms of Reference, Modelling, Vision and Outcomes - (2 pages)

 

July 15-16, 2009

 
Notes 2: ALSA, Regional Profile and Key to Success - (4 pages)

 

Agenda 2 – SSRP-RAC: ALSA, Regional Profile and Key to Success - (2 pages)  

 

June 10-11, 2009

 
Notes 1: Purpose, Roles and Charter - (4 pages)
 Agenda 1 - SSRP-RAC Communication Styles and Roles and Responsibilities - (2 pages)