Regional planning looks at the integration of land use and infrastructure across municipal boundaries and looks for the best solution for sustainable growth. In Edmonton, regional planning looks at the impacts of planning decisions, particularly those related to growth, within the Capital Region Board member municipalities.
Environmental, social and economic issues often cross municipal boundaries and require big-picture solutions. A collaborative approach to planning is required to do things like control urban sprawl, protect valuable farmland, plan efficient transportation networks, and protect natural areas. By working on issues with a regional focus, rather than only within a municipal boundary, the outcome is more powerful and effective.
The Capital Region Board (CRB) is a group of 24 municipalities in the Edmonton region that work together to make the best decisions possible for the citizens of their communities and the Region. The Mayor of Edmonton is a voting member on the Board.
The Capital Region Board (CRB) was created to prepare and implement an integrated Capital Region Growth Plan with the initial priorities being: Land Use, Transit Services, Affordable Housing and Geographic Information Services (GIS). The Capital Region Growth Plan, Growing Forward was approved March 2010 and the Board’s current focus is on implementing and updating the plan. The board’s ongoing role is to facilitate regional cooperation and coordination of long range planning and decision making to ensure a prosperous and sustainable future for the Region.
Whether your land is inside the City boundary or outside the boundary, any lands close to the border receive special consideration by adjacent municipalities. Generally, this means that if you apply to develop your land, the adjacent municipality will receive a referral to assess whether or not your planned development will have adverse impacts on them and will work together with you to mitigate any concerns.
Annexation is a provincially legislated process to change the boundaries between one or more municipalities. The primary reason for annexation is to allow a municipality to expand its boundaries and acquire more land to accommodate future growth. Annexation is not amalgamation or expropriation.