Off-highway vehicle users are concerned that a rushed land use plan for Alberta’s Livingstone-Porcupine Hills region will reduce existing OHV trails by 70 percent.  |  File photo

Alta. land use process raises questions

The 30-day public consultation process regarding the draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Footprint and Recreation Plans has now wrapped up. Anyone who completed the surveys or attempted to can attest to the fact that it was a time-consuming process. From a public consultation perspective, one questions if the process was undertaken more for optics than true consultation. […] Read more

Supporters of a draft plan to manage and protect the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills region of southern Alberta made their views known April 9 at a news conference where they articulated the benefits.
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Debate over land use plan focuses on OHV use

Province looks for public input on draft plan for Livingstone-Porcupine Hills region in southwestern Alberta

Supporters of a draft plan to manage and protect the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills region of southern Alberta made their views known April 9 at a news conference where they articulated the benefits. Albertans have until April 26 to provide feedback on two plans tabled earlier this month by the provincial government: the land footprint report and […] Read more

Draft plans for the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills region are a considerable improvement over how the area has previously been managed.  |  File photo

Alta. land use plan called a good step

A cynic might observe that we plan more but accomplish less, or, as Woody Allen commented, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” Yet, a goal without a plan is just a wish so, if we want our public lands to conserve water, protect fish and wildlife, provide space for […] Read more


Adele McKechnie, left, John McKechnie and Dale Christian stand at the corner of a field where owners plan to mine gravel. Survey stakes show where a gas line is planned to service the site.
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Red Deer farmers fight gravel pit

SPRUCE VIEW, Alta. — Rural neighbours of a proposed project in Red Deer County to convert 122 acres of cropland into a gravel pit continue to voice opposition. On April 25, the county council will entertain second and third reading of a land-use bylaw that would allow gravel mining as a permitted use on the […] Read more

Conservation easements that protect farmland from development increase in cost if near a major highway or large city.  |  Getty photo

Preventing farmland from development comes with a price

COCHRANE, Alta. — Farmland is still being paved over as urban development continues between Edmonton and Calgary. The result is fragmentation and soaring land values as more people want to be close to a highway and the amenities of a large city, said Brent Swallow of the University of Alberta. His research found 3,127 sq. […] Read more