Presentation on theme: "Land-use Framework Provincial leadership"— Presentation transcript:
1 THE ALBERTA LAND-USE FRAMEWORK; THE ALBERTA LAND STEWARDSHIP ACT AND REGIONAL PLANNING
2 Land-use Framework Provincial leadership Balancing environmental with economic and social considerationsIncreased CertaintyIntegrate and coordination of provincial policyAlign planning/decision makingEncourage stewardship and conservation
3 LUF Priority Actions Immediate priorities Legislation to support the framework, Spring 2009Development of regional plans for South Saskatchewan and Lower Athabasca regionsCompletion of metropolitan plans for the Capital and Calgary sub-regionsPolicy gaps and areas of provincial interest to be addressedManage subsurface and surface activitiesReduce fragmentation and conversion of agricultural landDevelop a transportation and utility corridors strategyManage recreational use of public landsConserve and protect the diversity of ecological regions
5 Regional PlansDefine regional outcomes (economic, environmental and social) and a broad plan for land and natural resource use for public and private landsAlign provincial strategies and policies at the regional levelDetermine specific trade-offs and appropriate land and natural resource management for specific landscapes within a regionDefine the cumulative effects management approach for the region and identify targets and thresholds
6 Regional Plans: Built with Albertans Regional Advisory Councils established for each regionPublic, stakeholder, municipal, aboriginal consultationLegislated requirement to review at least every 10 yearsat least once every 5 years, appoint a committee to evaluate and audit the policies of regional plans to determine whether they are meeting the purposes and deliver a public report
7 Private Lands Regional Plans Municipal Development Plan Vision and desired future for the regionIntegrated economic, environmental and social outcomesObjectives/goals (quantitative , measurable targets, trade-offs and choices)Strategies/actions (both regulatory and non regulatory)Provincial AuthorityMunicipal Development PlanFuture land useTransportation and servicesCoordination with neighboursMunicipal AuthorityArea Structure PlansSpecific pattern of land use and servicingPrivate LandsLand-use BylawsDivides the municipality into districtsPermitted and discretionary uses in each districtSets standards for development/permitting/subdivision designSubdivision ControlDivides land into two or more parcelsMunicipality can take some land for municipal/school/environmental reserve
8 South Saskatchewan Terms of Reference Evaluate combinations of sector (agriculture, energy, forestry and the recreation and tourism) development scenarios considering:That they all be successfulPopulation in the region will increase by about two million people by 2076Water-use conservation, efficiency and productivity will improve by a minimum of 30 per cent by 2015.Not exceed regional environmental thresholds (air/water) established by the Government of Alberta .Conservation of valued landscapes and biodiversityImproving protection of source waters
10 Authority Lieutenant Governor in Council: Direction by Cabinet Alignment of planning and decision making with that direction:provincial departments, municipalities, boards (eg. ERCB, NRCB, MGB)
11 Regulation Development Regional PlansRegional plan amendment and review processesConservation tools
12 Regional Plans A regional plan may: Give direction that will need to be followedIf there is no direction given, then status quoauthorize preparation of sub-regional plansadopt or incorporate existing plan as a sub-regional plane.g. Calgary, Capital metropolitan plans
13 Implementation of Regional Plans through: Other legislation (eg. Public Lands, MGA, ERCB)Requires officials under other Acts to follow direction in regional plans and enforce under their legislation
14 CompensationAny compensation is provided:under existing Acts or regulation,or under a conservation directive,
15 Regional Plans: Legal Effect Regional plans are legislative instruments having legal effectIf there is a conflict or inconsistency between a regional plan and a regulation under any Act, the regional plan prevailsIf there is a conflict between an Act and a regional plan, the Act prevailsIf there is a conflict between the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) and any other Act, ALSA prevails
16 Conservation and Stewardship Tools ALSA expands tools box to:Provide options for decision makersConservation EasementsConservation OffsetsConservation DirectivesTransferable Development Credits
17 Conservation Easements Voluntary legal agreements between a landowner and a qualified organization, such as a land trust or government agency.Moved from the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA)Expanded through ALSA to include agricultural land.
18 Transfer of Development Credits Direct urban development away from valued private landscapes, open spaces and agricultural lands towards areas better suited for increased urban development.Enabled at regional, sub-regional or local scales.
19 Transfer of Development Credits (TDC) Program Overview Conservation AreaDevelopment AreaBase zoningIncreased density and revenue potential through credit purchaseCredit available for sale to developers in Development AreasConserved parcels secured with easements and compensated by credit salesAreas for conserving natural landscapes, farmland protection, historic landmarks or cultural landscapes.Areas appropriate for development due to market demand, existing services and infrastructure, and planning priorities.
20 Conservation OffsetsTool to counterbalance unavoidable loss; provide a complimentary mechanism to reduce loss of ecological values.ALSA defines activities that could qualify as offsets, including:conservation and protection;restoration or reclamation; andcreation or enhancement.
21 Conservation Directives Broad purpose to protect Alberta’s environmental, aesthetic and agricultural values.Non-voluntary conservation tool.Areas identified through Regional Plans as needing permanent conservation and protection.Landowners would still own the land.Act grants landowner right to seek compensation for lost value through a compensation board.21
22 Questions???What will need to be included in these tools to provide sufficient incentives for land owners to conserve ecological goods and services, improve environmental performance while ensuring Alberta remains competitive? Why?Which tools do you think are highest priority for further development and implementation? Why?How best do deal with stakeholders concerns, educate and inform stakeholders and the public about these conservation and stewardship tools?22