South Saskatchewan Regional Plan: Project Management + Planning Support

Client Government of Alberta, Sustainable Resource Development, Land Use Secretariat
Location Alberta | Canada

 The Government of Alberta’s Land Use Framework sets out an approach to manage Alberta’s lands and natural resources to achieve the province’s long-term economic, environmental and social goals. It provides a blueprint for land-use management and decision making to address Alberta’s growth pressures. As prescribed in the Land-Use Framework, the Government of Alberta proceeded in 2010 with the development of regional land-use plans for seven regions in Alberta.

The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) interpreted and adapted provincial policies at the regional level, set out regional objectives, addressed competing land uses, and provided the context for decision-making within the region. The SSRP area is approximately 83,764 square kilometres, with a population of about 1,570,264 million (46% of the province).

 O2 was responsible for providing comprehensive project management and planning support to ensure that the SSRP was completed in a timely manner with direction from the Land Use Secretariat, various Government of Alberta project advisors, stakeholders, Aboriginal groups, and the public. The project not only provided integrated policy direction, but also built out high level, spatially explicit land use direction to guide the preparation of finer scale local plans and resource management decisions. O2 has a wealth of experience in developing spatially explicit regional planning and has completed several similar planning projects in Alberta and internationally.