About the Capital Region Plan
A regional board of all 24 municipalities has created a long-range regional growth management plan.
How does the Board work? By making decisions based on a majority vote with consideration to population. At least 17 of the 24 members representing at least 75 per cent of the region’s population need to agree before a decision is approved.
That means municipalities must co-operate and seek consensus. It also means the City of Edmonton, with 70 per cent of the region’s population, will need the support of least 16 of its neighbours for a decision to move forward.
Municipalities are not be required to share revenues. However, municipalities can identify a project benefiting the region where cost sharing may be appropriate.
The board has developed a cost-sharing framework that reflects the benefits received and ensures no municipality pays more than they are able. The province will continue to fund its share of required projects and will continue to advocate for federal funding.
The Regional Plan
The plan deals with four main priorities that impact the region.
- Regional land-use planning
identifying residential, commercial, industrial and protected areas and core infrastructure including roads, rail, pipelines, transit and utility corridors.
- Inter-municipal transit
planning a public transportation network to include future high-growth areas.
- Information services
developing an electronic system for municipalities to share planning information.
- Affordable housing
determining the location and quantity of low-income and market-affordable housing required.
Secondary priorities include planning and monitoring of water and waste management, policing, emergency services, social services, recreation and economic development.
The plan only applies to regional issues affecting more than one municipality.