Mar 22, 2017
CRB's GIS capabilities were crucial in transforming the 2010 regional Growth Plan into a modern, more effective, and integrated plan for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, and GIS will continue to play a critical role in its implementation.

That's the message given March 21 to GeoAlberta 2017 delegates in Calgary by CRB staffers Brandt Denham, GIS Coordinator, and Sharon Shuya, Project Manager for the Growth Plan Update project.
 
"We’re especially proud that anyone who is interested can access the all of the regional maps and data that have gone into the formulation of this plan," said Shuya.

In their presentation to the attendees of the Geospatial Information Conference, it was noted that
the Board established a full time GIS coordinator only three years ago, and in that role Denham has  "transformed" its ability to plan.

"Because of GIS we were better able to discuss and understand, and to debate, the development of public policy to achieve specific outcomes for the region. Brandt has developed an incredibly valuable tool by way of a regional online open data web-based service that performs the critical function of monitoring & reporting on the outcomes of the Growth Plan," said Shuya.  

GIS will be important in Monitoring & Reporting the outcomes of the Growth Plan, which features 26 indicators identified across six policy areas. The monitoring and reporting of changes that occur in the region because of the Growth Plan will be critical for the next five year update and its next full review in 10 years.

Captured and available on a dedicated website, CRGIS (Capital Region GIS)  regional data sets will build the unique historic data to evaluate on the effects of change in general, and of policy impacts in particular.

Shuya said GIS tools and their ability to visualize data was very powerful and influential throughout the 30-month update process for the development of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan.
 
"In many instances, the maps changed the conversation and put the focus on how to address real issues within a given context. It allowed the process to be evidence-based and made for more effective decision-making.

"In short GIS helped in creating a plan without borders... allowing the decision makers to look at the region holistically in determining where and how best to grow the entire region."

To see the revamped CRGIS with all Growth Plan maps and open data click here