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Wapiti River Valley Corridor. Creating a Multi-Use Plan. January 2010. Public Meeting Objectives. Overview and goals of WCPS; Development of study; Status of study; Next steps. The Wapiti River Valley Corridor.

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wapiti river valley corridor

Wapiti River Valley Corridor

Creating a Multi-Use Plan

January 2010

public meeting objectives
Public Meeting Objectives
  • Overview and goals of WCPS;
  • Development of study;
  • Status of study;
  • Next steps.

The Wapiti

River Valley Corridor

  • A beautiful natural area used for recreation, agriculture, industry, education and ecology.
  • Last 50 years:
    • economic growth: large & small industry;
    • residential areas established;
    • primary recreational area for city residents;
    • development guided primarily through individual initiatives and previous studies.

The Wapiti Corridor Planning Society

  • The WCPS is a non-profit society formed to guide the development of a multi-use plan for the Wapiti River Valley corridor.
  • The WCPS is a stakeholder driven initiative that includes representation from the County of Grande Prairie No.1, the City of Grande Prairie and the Municipal District of Greenview.

The Wapiti Corridor Planning Society (continued)

  • WCPS was formed in recognition that increased land use of the region without “a plan” is not sustainable.
  • Similar issues exist across Alberta land use framework policy created.
  • Previous “plan(s)” were led by government with limited results we prefer a community led initiative.

Why Planning?

  • Increased and sometimes conflicting land uses.
  • Need to make the right decisions about use of area to ensure safety, security and benefits for all users.
  • Proposed community study includes:
    • public meetings;
    • review of previous work by key stakeholders;
    • limited “formal” approval of previous studies;
    • proposal is community led, consultant supports overall study;
    • directly funded by County of GP, MD of Greenview and supported by City of GP.

What is Multi-Use Planning?

It is a sequential, participatory decision making process.In this process we create POLICIES to guide us where future development activities CAN happen, and/ or CANNOT happen on our land, and under what conditions.


What is Multi-Use Planning? (continued)

Planning Steps include:- Define vision, goals & objectives- Collect & analyze information- Generate & screen options- Select a course of action- Write documentThe multi-use plan will be completed and ready for adoption by the Provincial Government in September 2011.



  • To create, through an open, transparent and inclusive process, a multi-use vision, plan and recommendations for the Wapiti River Valley, from Pipestone Creek to the Smoky River that accommodates, protects and balances both the current and future needs of the area and its people.
  • WCPS Scope
  • The Society has chosen to include in the study public lands in the Wapiti River Valley from Pipestone Creek to the Smoky River
    • The two key elements of the project are:
      • Land assets, use and recommendations
      • Broad regional stakeholder input

We envision:

A multi-use plan and recommendations that:

  • Meets the long-term (50 years) needs of regional stakeholders;
  • Respects the rights of current stakeholders;
  • Fosters a desire for conservation;
  • Allows for the continued and appropriate use of the land for forestry, oil and gas, gravel extraction, agriculture and recreation;
  • Protects the water sources for the area;
  • Fosters a culture of respect; and
  • Ensures the safety and enjoyment of all land users.

Guiding Principles

  • Founded on dialogue between government, industry, land owners and the general public;
  • Compatible with the Alberta Land-use Framework;
  • Respectful of private property rights;
  • Considers the importance of the traditional uses of the land;
  • Maintains the environmental and ecological integrity of the lands;
  • Considers tourism and recreational opportunities for the land;

Guiding Principles


  • Recognizes and takes into account current and future industrial dispositions;
  • Recommends areas to best facilitate each use;
  • Supports continued reclamation efforts;
  • Promotes environmental sustainability;
  • Contains an environmental education component; and
  • Ensures the safety and enjoyment of all land users.
planning process timeline
Planning Process Timeline
  • Formation of society established through a series of public meetings in 2008 and approved March 2009.
  • Formal requests for consultant services completed September 2009 (PACTeam).
  • Project “kick off” with PACTeam in October 2009.
  • Detailed project planning underway.

Planning Process


Define vision,

goals &


Collect &




& screen



course of


Develop /



  • Determine preliminary visions, goals and objectives for the Corridor.
  • Identify stakeholders and their interests
  • Assess challenges and opportunities to achieve visions
  • Consult the public and rights holders to decide the best land use option(s)
  • Draft preliminary Plan document outlining goals, methods, zones & recommendations


  • Gather, model and analyze cultural, ecological, biophysical, economic and social data
  • Identify several
  • land use options
  • Assess potential
  • land use conflicts
  • Develop document including maps, strategies and
  • policies for identified management zones
  • Public meetings
  • Small group
  • Meetings
  • Website
  • Feedback
  • Review document
  • Public meetings
  • Small group
  • Meetings
  • Website
  • Feedback
  • Review document



  • Public meetings
  • Questionnaire
  • Website feedback
  • Public meetings
  • Stakeholder
  • Meetings
  • Website
  • feedback
  • Stakeholder
  • meetings
  • Website
  • feedback



Late 2009 to

Early 2010

Late 2009 to

Mid 2010

Mid 2010 to

Early 2011

Early 2011 to

Mid 2011

Late 2011

public participation
Public Participation
  • Broad based, regional multi-user participation and input is desired:
    • Inputs on issues, concerns and solutions are essential.
    • Personal, formal or informal group presentations, data and information.
    • WCPS presentations and scheduled events.
    • Office or online contact systems available or contact us to get involved.
  • Community (residents, users, industry) driven initiative.
  • Three year planning program (2008 to 2011).
  • Success directly dependent on depth and quality of stakeholder participation.
  • Open process – involvement and input welcomed.
  • Outcome will be a cornerstone for the Government of Alberta’s Land Use Framework program.

For more information please contact us:

10001 84 AvenueClairmont, AlbertaT0H 0W0Phone: 780-513-3950Email: wcps@wapiticorridor.cawww.wapiticorridor.ca