Alberta’s Capital Region

The Alberta Capital Region is represented by a conglomerate of municipalities that surround Alberta’s provincial Capital — Edmonton. This Alberta Capital Region covers 11,993 square kilometers, accounts for 1.9% of Alberta’s land mass and for 31.8% of Alberta’s population. In the 2011 Census, the Alberta Capital Region had a population of 1,159,869, making it the sixth largest Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in Canada by population.

The participating municipalities of the Capital Region are a diverse group of municipalities with one goal — to make the best decisions possible for the citizens of their communities and the Region. The Capital Region Board members are committed to working together to ensure the long term economic prosperity and quality of life for all citizens of the Region.

The 24 member municipalities are listed to the right.

CRB Member Municipalities

Alberta's Capital Region

The Capital Region Board

Who We Are

The Capital Region Board is a non-profit corporation consisting of an elected official from the 24 member municipalities from within the Region. The Capital Region Board was established in 2008, under Capital Region Board Regulation 38/2012 under the Municipal Government Act.

For the purposes of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Alberta Capital Finance Authority Act, the CRB is deemed to be a regional services commission.

What We Do

The Capital Region Board was created to prepare and implement an integrated Capital Region Growth Plan with the initial priorities being: Land Use, Intermunicipal Transit Services, Non-Market and Market-Affordable Housing and Geographic Information Services.

The Capital Region Growth Plan, Growing Forward was approved March 2010, the Board’s current focus is on the implementation and update the plan. The board’s ongoing role is to facilitate regional cooperation and coordination of long range planning and decision making in areas of regional interest to ensure a prosperous and sustainable future for the Region. The Board has the authority to pursue work in areas beyond the current priority areas where there is regional interest to do so.

The Board has been granted the authority under Ministerial Order L:270/10 to approve Municipal Statutory plans and ensure the compliance with the Growth Plan, in accordance with the Regional Evaluation Framework (REF).

The Board provides a venue for the Capital Region municipalities to think strategically and to work together on priorities to ensure the Region achieves its full economic potential and the highest quality of life possible for residents. The success of the Growth Plan will be measured by the effectiveness of our policies and working together to manage growth of our development footprint, strategic infrastructure and the environmental impact.

Current Board Members


The Capital Region is a family of diverse, interdependent communities whose energy, talent and resources are combined with insightful planning processes, sound fiscal and regulatory practices, environmental sensitivity and empathy for the underprivileged. strong expression of regional purpose and the ability to embrace change ensure that the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of the region’s current and future residents and communities is respected and sustained.

Board Committees

Mayors and Council members from the 24 participating municipalities are appointed to Board Committees.

There are six standing committees of the Board:
  • Governance Priorities & Finance
    Chair: Mayor Camille Berube
  • Regional Services
    Chair: Mayor Mel Smith
  • Land Use & Planning
    Chair: Mayor Tom Flynn
  • Growth Plan Update – Task Force
    Chair: TBA
  • Energy Corridors – Task Force
    Chair: Reeve Wayne Woldanski
  • Transit – Task Force
    Chair: TBA
  • Housing - Task Force
    Chair: TBA


CRB Administration

The Board is supported by administrative staff.

Board Committees

Committee Structure


Performance Monitoring Committee


Committee Members

  • Mayor Nolan Crouse | City of St. Albert
  • Mayor Tom Flynn, Land Use & Planning Committee Chair | Sturgeon County
  • Mayor Mel Smith, Regional Services Committee Chair | Town of Redwater
  • Mayor Camille Berube, Governance, Priorities & Finance Committee Chair | Town of Beaumont
  • Mayor Don Iveson, Member | City of Edmonton
  • Mayor Greg Krischke, Member at Large | City of Leduc

Governance Priorities & Finance Committee


Committee Members

  • Mayor Camille Berube, Chair  | Town of Beaumont
  • Councillor Phyllis Kobasiuk, Vice Chair | Parkland County
  • Mayor Don Iveson, Member | City of Edmonton
  • Mayor Greg Krischke, Member | City of Leduc
  • Mayor Don Faulkner, Member | Town of Calmar
  • Mayor Randy Boyd, Member | Town of Bon Accord
  • Reeve Wayne Woldanski, Member | Lamont County
  • Councillor Cathy Heron, Member | City of St. Albert
  • Councillor Art Erickson, Member | Village of Wabamun
  • Councillor Karen Shaw, Member | Sturgeon County

Regional Services Committee


Committee Members

  • Mayor Mel Smith, Chair  | Town of Redwater
  • Mayor Stephen Lindop, Vice Chair | Town of Devon
  • Mayor Ralph van Assen, Member | Village of Warburg
  • Councillor Ed Gibbons, Member | City of Edmonton
  • Alderman Louise Baxter, Member | City of Spruce Grove
  • Councillor Wes Brodhead, Member | City of St. Albert
  • Councillor Rick Smith, Member | Leduc County
  • Councillor Darrell Hollands, Member | Parkland County
  • Councillor Brian Botterill, Member | Strathcona County
  • Mayor Bill Skinner, Member | Town of Lamont
  • Mayor Ken Baril, Member | Town of Legal

Land Use & Planning Committee


Committee Members

  • Mayor Tom Flynn, Chair  | Sturgeon County
  • Mayor Rod Shaigec, Vice Chair  | Parkland County
  • Mayor Don Iveson, Member  | City of Edmonton
  • Mayor Gale Katchur, Member  | City of Fort Saskatchewan
  • Councillor David MacKenzie, Member  | City of Leduc
  • Councillor Clay Stumph, Member  | Leduc County
  • Councillor Wayne Olechow, Member  | Town of Bruderheim
  • Councillor Dwight Ganske, Member  | Town of Stony Plain
  • Mayor Doug Horner, Member  | Town of Gibbons
  • Mayor Lisa Holmes, Member  | Town of Morinville
  • Councillor Lloyd Jardine, Member | Village of Thorsby

Task Forces

Growth Plan Update Task Force


Task Force Members

  • Mayor Roxanne Carr, Chair |  Strathcona County
  • Mayor Lisa Holmes, Vice-Chair | Town of Morinville
  • Mayor Don Iveson, Member  |City of Edmonton
  • Mayor Gale Katchur, Member| City of Fort Saskatchewan
  • Councillor Cathy Heron, Member | City of  St. Albert
  • Councillor John Schonewille, Member | Leduc County
  • Mayor Ralph van Assen, Member | Village of Warburg

Housing Task Force


Task Force Members

  • Councillor Ed Gibbons, Member  |Edmonton (City of Edmonton)
  • Councillor Dwight Ganske, Member| Parkland (Town of Stony Plain)
  • Councillor Stew Hennig, Member | Strathcona/Fort Saskatchewan (City of Fort Saskatchewan)
  • Mayor Mel Smith, Member | Sturgeon (Town of Redwater)
  • Councillor Audrey Kelto, Member |  Leduc (Leduc County)
  • Councillor Dan Warawa, Member | Lamont (Lamont County)

Transit Task Force


Task Force Members

  • Councillor Wes Brodhead, Chair | City of St. Albert
  • Councillor Michael Walters, Vice-Chair  | City of Edmonton
  • Councillor Dana Smith, Member  | City of Leduc
  • Alderman Searle Turton, Member  | City of Spruce Grove
  • Councillor Brian Botterill, Member  | Strathcona County
  • Councillor Susan Evans, Member  | Sturgeon County
  • Mayor Gale Katchur, Member | City of Fort Saskatchewan

Energy Corridors Task Force


Task Force Members

  • Reeve Wayne Woldanski, Chair | Lamont County
  • Councillor Glen Finstad, Vice Chair | City of Leduc
  • Councillor Wayne Olechow, Member | Town of Bruderheim

The Growth Plan


The Capital Region Growth Plan: Growing Forward is the Capital Region’s 35 year growth strategy for managing growth as a Region. The aim is simple: to ensure sustainability of the Region for future generations. The Growth Plan represents a shift in planning with the emphasis on greater integration of land uses, with transportation and housing. The goal is to reduce the development footprint and ensure the investment in core infrastructure is optimized for a growing population.

The Growth Plan is a landmark agreement among the member municipalities to a new regional policy framework that describes how we will collectively manage growth across four priority areas – Land Use, Intermunicipal Transit, Housing and Geographic Information Services. The plan’s foundation is based on a set of six core principles and numerous policy frameworks to guide the Board’s decision-making at a local and regional level.

  1. Protect the Environment and Resources
  2. Minimize the Regional Footprint
  3. Strengthen Communities
  4. Increase Transportation Choice
  5. Ensure Efficient Provision of Services
  6. Support Regional Economic Development

The plan identifies the overall development patterns and key future infrastructure investments to complement existing infrastructure, services, and land uses to maximize the benefits to the Capital Region. The plan is a blueprint for coordinating decision making in the Region to enable economic growth and ensure strong communities and a healthy environment.
The Board’s goal is to ensure the Capital Region is sustainable, competitive on the global stage and is an attractive, livable place to live with the highest quality of life. All residents will benefit from the Board’s work to ensure our long term future of the Region.

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Growth Plan
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Current Reference Documents

  • Growing Forward: The Capital Region Growth Plan
  • Appendix 2: Land Use
  • Appendix 3: Transit
  • Appendix 5: Housing
  • October 2009 Addendum
  • December 2009 Addendum

Growth Plan & Addenda Topic index:

This listing identifies key topics contained in the Capital Region Growth Plan and Addenda,
providing an easy reference to the most current information.

Regional Cost Sharing Formula Growing Forward  155
Regional Transit Cost Sharing Formula October 2009 Addendum  32
Vision & Guiding Principles Appendix 4: GIS Plan  21
CRB Member Housing Profiles Appendix 5: Housing Plan
General Locations of Future Housing Needs in the Capital Region December 2009 Addendum 30
Housing Continuum December 2009 Addendum 29
Sub-Regional Model December 2009 Addendum 27
2009 Non-Market Housing Inventory December 2009 Addendum 32
2009 Non-Market Housing Needs Analysis December 2009 Addendum 34
Vision & Guiding Principles Appendix 5: Housing Plan 30
Integrated Regional Transportation Systems Study (IRTSS) IRTSS – Approved July 2011
Integrated Regional Transportation Master Plan (IRTMP) IRTMP – Approved September 2011
Agricultural Lands Appendix 2: Land Use Plan 11
Cluster County Residential Areas (CCRAs) October 2009 Addendum 14
Density Targets October 2009 Addendum 11
Environmentally Sensitive Areas Appendix 2: Land Use Plan 27
October 2009 Addendum 22
Growth Outside of Priority Growth Areas Appendix 2: Land Use Plan 14
October 2009 Addendum 16
Land Supply October 2009 Addendum 17
Planning and Development among Municipalities Appendix 2: Land Use Plan 31
Principles & Policies Appendix 2: Land Use Plan 10
October 2009 Addendum 16
Priority Growth Areas(s) October 2009 Addendum 8
Regional Buffer Areas October 2009 Addendum 17
Regional Corridors and Infrastructure December 2009 Addendum 16
Regional Development Footprint December 2009 Addendum 22
Traditional Country Residential Areas October 2009 Addendum 15
Vision & Core Principles Appendix 2: Land Use Plan 9
Population and Employment Forecast December 2009 Addendum 5
30 Year Regional Transit Services Plan 30 Year Regional Transit Services Plan – Approved October 2011
Integrated Regional Transportation Master Plan (IRTMP) IRTMP – Approved September 2011
Intermunicipal Bus and Light Rail Service Appendix 3: Transit Plan 40
Long Term Intermunicipal Transit Network Appendix 3: Transit Plan 59
Regional Fare System Appendix 3: Transit Plan 54
Regional Park & Ride Facilities Appendix 3: Transit Plan 42
Regional Transit Cost Sharing Formula October 2009 Addendum 32
Vision & Guiding Principles Appendix 3: Transit Plan 21

strategic plans



Approved Documents

Board Minutes
Governance, Priorities & Finance Committee Minutes
Land Use & Planning Committee Minutes
Performance Monitoring Committee Minutes
Regional Services Committee Minutes
Energy Corridors Task Force Minutes
Growth Plan Update Task Force Minutes
Housing Task Force Minutes
Transit Task Force Minutes


Annual Reports
Approved Budget
CRB Handbook

Capital Region Growth Plan (CRGP) – Growing Forward

Capital Region Economic Roadmap:


News Releases and Media Coverage

  • April 15, 2014

CRB celebrates six years of regional teambuilding read the release

  • April 10, 2014

Regional Evaluation Framework appeal withdrawn read the release

Performance Monitoring Committee Chair elected read the release

  • March 13, 2014

    Capital Region Board to Explore economic development
read the release

  • February 10, 2014

     Beaumont Mayor elected as chair of key regional planning committee read the release

  • November 14, 2013:

    Capital Region Board Elects St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse as Board Chair read the release

  • July 2, 2013:

    Board’s Condolences to the Krauskopf Family and Town of Morinville read the release

  • February 19, 2013:

    Capital Region Board Announces Funding for Regional Transit Study. read the release 

  • November 8, 2012:

    Capital Region Board Proud to Announce the Appointment of Mr. Doug Lagore as their next Chief Executive Officer, beginning his role on February 4, 2013. read the release

  • March 8, 2012:

    Capital Region Board letter to Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel read the release

  • February 16, 2012:

    Capital Region Board elects St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse as new Chair read the release

  • December 8, 2011:

    Ministers Griffiths and Danyluk voice government’s support for the Capital Region Board read the release

  • September 8, 2011:

    Capital Region Board approves two transportation framework plans read the release

  • June 9, 2011:

    Steering Committee of Business Leaders Develops Regional Economic Roadmap read the release

  • March 10, 2011:

    Former parliamentarian, broadcaster and business executive appointed Interim Chair of Capital Region Board read the release

  • December 2, 2010:

    St. Albert and Sturgeon County receive Capital Region Board approval for development projects read the release

  • November 25, 2010:

    CRB sends TRIP list to Minister of Transportation read the release

  • November 15, 2010:

    Capital Region Board approves GreenTRIP project list read the release

  • September 9, 2010:

    Capital Region Board endorses NAIT LRT project as a priority for provincial funding read the release

  • March 11, 2010:

    Premier Stelmach accepts Capital Region Growth Plan read the release

  • June 11, 2009:

    Minister Provides Provincial Response to Regional Growth Plan read the release

  • April 2, 2009:

    Region’s Municipalities Agree to Growth Plan read the release

  • March 19, 2009:

    Capital Region Municipal Leaders Approve Plan for Regional Growth read the release

  • March 12, 2009:

    Capital Region Board Approves Land Use Component of its Regional Growth Plan read the release

  • March 5, 2009:

    Capital Region Board Approves Transit Plan, Housing Plan, Land Use Principles and Policies read the release

  • February 9, 2009:

    Capital Region Board moves toward decisions on Transit, Housing, Land Use read the release

  • February 5, 2009:

    Capital Region Board Approves First Component of Regional Growth Plan read the release

  • December 3, 2008:

    Capital Region Board continues to develop Integrated Regional Growth Plan read the release

  • November 7, 2008:

    Capital Region Board working together on growth plan read the release

  • October 8, 2008:

    Board adopts recommendations on housing, transit and GIS read the release

Media Contact

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Capital Region Board to explore economic development