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Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Wapiti Corridor Planning Society (WCPS)?

Why was the WCPS Formed?

What is multi use planning?

Why do we need a land use plan for the Wapiti River valley corridor?

How can I be involved in planning for the Wapiti River valley corridor?

What area will the plan cover?

Is this a government driven initiative?

How will this multi use plan fit with the Alberta Land-use Framework?

What authority does WCPS have?

When will this multi use plan be substantially completed?

Now that the plan has been completed, what is the future role of the Wapiti Corridor Planning Society?



What is the Wapiti Corridor Planning Society (WCPS)?
The WCPS is a non-profit society formed by regional stakeholders, including the County of Grande Prairie No.1, the City of Grande Prairie and the Municipal District of Greenview, that will guide the development of a multi-use plan for the Wapiti River Valley corridor.

Why was the WCPS formed?
The WCPS was formed to address the area along the North and South sides of the Wapiti River, including the Dunes, which have a number of different and sometimes conflicting land uses: residential, industrial, and recreational. All users of the area must deal with the issues of resource usage, fires, sustainability, preservation, and enforcement. The society intends to work with stakeholders to cooperatively develop a set of recommendations and implementation actions that will guide the use and development of the Wapiti River valley corridor.

What is multi use planning?
Multi use planning 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.

Multi use planning is really about making choices about what developments or activities fit with peoples' visions for the land and their future.

Why do we need a land use plan for the Wapiti River valley corridor?
The Wapiti River valley corridor is a beautiful natural area that is being used for recreational, agricultural, industrial, educational and ecological purposes. As this area sees more and more activity, it is important that we take steps to ensure we make the right decisions about how we use the area in order to ensure the safety, security and benefits for the future.

How can I be involved in planning for the Wapiti River valley corridor?
WCPS needs to hear from the people who use the river valley, about the challenges they are facing and about their vision for the future.

WCPS strongly believes that the best way to influence the future of the Wapiti Corridor is to have local people provide their input about what will be the best use for the long term. Information from users and stakeholders will be collected and a plan will be developed and presented to the provincial government for their consideration for implementation.

You can also contact us at 10001 84 Avenue, Clairmont, Alberta, T0H 0W0, Telephone 780-513-3950, or via email at wcps@wapiticorridor.ca.

What area will the plan cover?
The Wapiti Corridor Planning Society has identified a preliminary boundary to guide their efforts. The planning area encompasses the proposed Dinosaur Park at Pipestone Creek in the west to the Old Bezanson town site in the east. The northern boundary encompasses all public land north of the Wapiti River and southern boundary extends to approximately to the top bank of the river valley.

Is this a government driven initiative?
No. This is a grass roots initiative.

However, the Minister of Sustainable Resource Development whose department is responsible for managing all crown land in Alberta has indicated his support for this initiative. The Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation has also indicated her support. Other departments of government that might have an interest have been contacted and they are being kept apprised of the status of the project.

How will this multi-use plan fit with the Alberta Land-use Framework?
It is our intention the Wapiti Corridor multi use plan will be fully compatible. As illustrated on the attached map, the Wapiti Corridor plan area is much smaller than the provincial government's regional plan.

What authority does WCPS have?
WCPS has no legal authority to impose conditions or zoning or any kind of land use restrictions or approvals on the lands within the Wapiti River Corridor. However, with the support of users and stakeholders we have every reason to believe that our plan and policies will be adopted by Government.

When will this multi-use plan be substantially completed?
The plan was reviewed for support and final input with the three municipalities involved (City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie and the Municipal District of Greenview) in June of 2013. The plan was completed and submitted to the Provincial Ministry of Tourism, Parks and Recreation and The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Developments in December 2013.

Now that the plan has been completed, what is the future role of the Wapiti Corridor Planning Society?

Now that the plan has been completed, the Wapiti Corridor Planning Society’s new mandate is to:

 

·         Create a public annual report that highlights how well each organization is implementing the Plan’s recommendations.

 

·         Update the Wapiti Corridor Multi-Use Plan every five years to incorporate new information and realities of the area

 

·         Use the Society’s status to obtain grant funding for specific projects within the Wapiti Corridor.



Last updated January 2, 2013

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