Alberta begins land use framework public sessions
EDMONTON, ALTA-On May 14, the Alberta government will begin a series of public sessions to allow residents to provide their input on the future of land use in Alberta. Sustainable Resource Development Minister Ted Morton launched the public phase of the Land Use Framework, an initiative that will provide the context, overall direction and decision-making framework to govern and manage land use in the province. It will guide land-use decisions on all land, except federal such as national parks and Indian reserves. The framework is intended to meet long-term social and economic goals based on good environmental management. "This," Morton said, "is...your opportunity to help shape how Alberta grows over the next 100 years. We need to find a way to better balance all the competing demands on the land." A resource publication titled Understanding Land Use in Alberta. Together with a Land Use Framework Workbook are available at all MLA constituency offices, most municipal and provincial/regional government offices, and on-line at www.landuse.gov.ab.ca. Dates and locations of the public sessions are also listed on this Web site. The government will incorporate the input received in developing the next stage of the framework; it aims to have a draft framework completed by the end of this year.