What we’re working on

We implement the regional Growth Plan. To do so and move toward our shared vision of the future,
the CRB is focused on integrated action in the following areas:

Population and employment forecasting

Planning effectively for 30 years in the future is a balancing act between what we know today and what we believe will impact the region over time. For the Growth Plan to remain relevant and successful for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region the Board regularly monitors population and employment forecasts. We use this data to identify trends and support decision-making and planning for land supply, housing, transportation and investment in infrastructure.

Forecast

In 30 years the Edmonton Metropolitan Region will be home to 2.2 million people and 1.2 million jobs. In 2016 we are 1.2 million people and 725,000 jobs so that means more than 17,000 people will come to the region each year, all looking for affordable, high standard of living, good jobs and schools and a variety of communities to choose from to fit their lifestyle.

Understanding how and where we grow helps us to plan and manage in ways that ensure quality of life for current and future residents, and that we remain globally competitive with unique offerings: where each of our 24 member municipalities thrive and are integrated.

Managing growth responsibly means limiting urban sprawl to protect land supply and the cost to build and maintain public infrastructure (transit, roadways, sewer pipes, schools, fire, ambulance and protective services, etc.).

Regional Need

CRB alone conducts needs assessments on a regional basis. In 2016 two important assessments were begun to explore regional housing need and the need for specialized transportation (for seniors and persons with disabiliy) in smaller communities. This resulted in two reports that are being used to develop a Regional Housing Master Plan and a coordinated appoach to resolving transportaion needs outside large centres. Interestingly the two studies overlap in providing vital planning information for the future.

Road Shows in Thorsby and Bon Accord were held in late November 2016 to bring this information to regional residents. See story and presentations here 
 
 

Projects

  • Capital Regional Land Use Plan (updated every five years)
  • GIS pilot project [link to GIS]
  • Integrated municipal planning framework
  • Regional energy corridors study (pipelines and power)
  • Regional infrastructure corridors study
  • Regional recreation corridors study
  • Implementation of REF Administration Report recommendations
Regional Project Manager is Neal Sarnecki, 780-638-6003

Projects

The Housing Committee engages in a variety of projects to support increased awareness of the need for a broader mix of housing in the region and works with the home building industry to overcome barriers to more new affordable housing.

Regional Project Manager is Stephanie Chai, 780-638-6007

Projects

  • Regional fare strategy
  • Intermunicipal transit governance study
  • Green Trip Program 
Regional Project Manager is Neal Sarnecki, 780-638-6003

 

Approved Regional Plans

GIS Coordinator is Brandt Denham, 780-638-5054

Growth Principles

  • Collaborate and coordinate as a region to manage growth responsibly 
  • Promote global economic competitiveness and regional prosperity
  • Recognize and celebrate the diversity of communities and promote an excellent quality of life across the region
  • Achieve compact growth that optimizes infrastructure investment
  • Ensure effective regional mobility
  • Ensure the wise management of prime agricultural sources
  • Protect natural heritage systems and environmental assets 

Integrated policy areas