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Your time to make a difference: please comment on the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan

Your chance to shape the future of Southern Alberta is here. The government will accept feedback until January 15th, 2010 on its development of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP). The SSRP will eventually become the legally binding plan for Southern Alberta, determining development patterns, conservation outcomes and the health of watersheds in the region. For that reason, it is vital that you make your voice heard.

You can provide your feedback online here

This is the first of three phases of public consultation to develop the SSRP. Subsequently, the government will call for public input on a draft vision for the region, and a final time for the draft plan. Water Matters has inquired with the Land-use Secretariat and others in government about which of these input opportunities will have the greatest affect the SSRP. Different views have been expressed, some placing emphasis on this input opportunity period, others placing more weight on the vision and draft plan. For that reason, we encourage Albertan's concerned about the future of the SSRP region to provide input at every opportunity given by this process.

Key elements you may want to include in your comments on the future South Saskatchewan Regional Plan may be:

  • Setting targets to maintain landscape integrity, so development cannot exceed management thresholds designed to protect ecological goods and services that preserve water quality and quantity.
  • Real protection of the Eastern Slopes that provide clean water to all Albertans through additional legislated protected areas, using management targets to limit the cumulative impact of development in other areas.
  • Developing guidelines that protect riparian areas, alluvial fans, wetlands, and groundwater recharge zone and other key lands affecting water quality and quantity.

You can also draw upon Water Matters' report, Source of Opportunity: A Blueprint for Securing Source Water in Southern Alberta, which provides an in depth set of recommendations for the SSRP.

For more information you can visit the remaining open houses for the SSRP in this round of consultation, or visit the government's website which contains background on the SSRP, details and resources on the public input process and meeting agendas and minutes from the Regional Advisory Council charged with providing recommendations to government for the SSRP.

Open Houses

These are the remaining SSRP open houses for the current phase of public consultation. All open houses are from 4 to 7 PM.

Pincher Creek
December 9
Ramada Inn
1132 Table Mountain Street

Taber
December 9
Taber Legion Hall
5205-48 Avenue

Cardston
December 10
Remington Carriage Museum
623 Main Street

Milk River
December 10
Heritage Hall
213 Main Street North

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