Feasibility Assessment of a Landscape Conceptual Model for the Alberta Industrial Heartland

Client Government of Alberta
Location Alberta | Canada

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is a 530 km² area located directly northeast of the City of Edmonton. Due to high industrial and urban development pressures, concerns have been raised about the cumulative impacts of development on the quality of life for residents, including impacts to air and water quality. Alberta Environment (AENV), recognizing the region’s considerable growth pressures, identified the Industrial Heartland as a priority for improving cumulative effects management. 

O2 responded to these concerns by conducting a feasibility study for landscape cumulative effects assessment in the Industrial Heartland. The project reviewed existing environmental planning, policy, and modelling tools in a common cumulative effects management framework. Aspects of science, design, practicality, and cost were integrated into the study. 

A phased approach to develop cumulative effects management systems and supporting data and models was identified. Costs and benefits of the recommended approach were also estimated. The result is a visionary blueprint for landscape cumulative effects assessment in the Industrial Heartland that includes management tools for land-based decisions.