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Through regional plans, outcomes and objectives are established, along with the strategies and actions that will be used to achieve them. Integrated monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems are essential as they are used to assess the achievement of outcomes and objectives.

 

 

 

Annual Reporting

 

Government will use various mechanisms to formally communicate on regional plan progress to the public, including the release of reports on an annual basis that speak directly to the plan, as well as ministry communications that address more specific aspects of the plan. Through this website and ministry websites, monitoring information and progress updates related to a regional plan will be available.

  

 

Using Lower Athabasca Regional Plan as an example, lead ministries will monitor, assess and report on supporting indicators such as those identified below to determine if land-use strategies and actions will fulfill desired regional and provincial outcomes:

 

 

TABLE 1: Regional Outcomes and Supporting Indicators

 

Provincial and Supporting Indicators Lead Ministry

Provincial and Supporting Indicators Lead Ministry

Provincial and Supporting Indicators Lead Ministry

 

Healthy economy supported by our land and natural resources

 

1. The economic potential

of the oil sands resource

is optimized

  • Labour force by sector
  • Provincial royalties
  • Personal income
  • Oil sands production rate
  • Total oil sands investment
  • Cost of production
  • Human Services 
  • Energy
  • Treasury Board & Finance
  • Energy
  • Treasury Board and Finance/ Enterprise & Advanced Education
  • Energy

 

2.The region’s economy is

diversified

  • Sectoral GDP
  • Sectoral employment
  • Area of public land actively managed for enhanced forestry
  • Area of land disturbance on productive land base on public land in the region
  • Fragmentation and conversion of agricultural land to non-agricultural land-uses
  • Tourism visitation
  • Tourism visitor expenditures
  • Tourism occupancy
  • Treasury Board & Finance
  • Treasury Board & Finance
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation

 

 

Healthy ecosystem and environment

 

3. Landscapes are

managed to maintain

ecosystem function and

biodiversity

  • Status of Alberta species, including species at risk
  • Area of land disturbance on public land
  • Status of biodiversity indicators
  • Area of land retained in native vegetation
  • Area of oil sands reclamation
  • Volume of fluid fine tailings

                      

  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

 

4. Air and water are

managed to support

human and ecosystem

needs

  • Annual Ambient Air Quality Triggers and Limits for NO2 and SO2 (3)
  • Ambient Air Quality Triggers Based on 99th Percentile of the Hourly Data Over a Year (3)
  • Ambient Surface Water Quality Triggers and Limits for the Athabasca River at Old Fort – General Indicators (11)
  • Ambient Surface Water Quality Triggers and Limits for the Athabasca River at Old Fort – Metal Indicators (50)
  • Interim Regional Groundwater Quality Triggers for the North Athabasca Oil Sands Area (4)
  • Interim Regional Groundwater Quality Triggers for the South Athabasca Oil Sands Area (5) 
  • Interim Regional Groundwater Quality Triggers for the Cold Lake-Beaver River Area (6)

 

 

  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

 

People-friendly communities with ample recreational and cultural opportunities

 

5. Infrastructure

development supports

economic and

population growth

  • Oil sands projects: current/ approved/ pending
  • Regional population
  • Traffic counts
  • Cost of construction
  • Cost of living 
  • Rental affordability
  • Energy
  • Treasury Board & Finance
  • Transportation
  • Infrastructure
  • Treasury Board & Finance
  • Municipal Affairs

 

6.The quality of life of

residents is enhanced

through increased

opportunities for

recreation and active

living

  • Satisfaction with recreational opportunities within the region
  • Area per capita of parks or designated open space for recreation (provincial and municipal)
  • Recreation infrastructure such as number of campsites, kilometres of designated trails

 

  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation 
  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation

7. Inclusion of aboriginal

peoples in land-use planning

  • Participation rate of First Nations in the Richardson Initiative
  • Aboriginal peoples continue to be consulted when Government of Alberta decisions may adversely affect their continued exercise of their constitutionally protected rights, and the input from such consultations continues to be reviewed prior to the decision

 

  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development/ Energy/ Tourism, Parks and Recreation/ Aboriginal Relations
  • Environment and Sustainable Resource Development/ Energy/ Tourism, Parks and Recreation/ Aboriginal Relations

 

 

 

Five and 10-Year Reporting 

 

At least once every five years, an audit committee will be appointed to determine if regional objectives and policies are meeting the purposes of the Alberta Land Stewardship Act. The committee will make a public report to the Stewardship Minister. At least once every 10 years, a comprehensive review of the regional plan and a report on its effectiveness will be initiated by the Land Use Secretariat and submitted to the Stewardship Minister. This review may result in the plan being amended, replaced, renewed or repealed.    

 

- Excerpts from Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (2012) -