Acting on the WCPS Goal,
we have worked with stakeholders to cooperatively develop a set of recommendations
and implementation actions to guide the use and development of the Wapiti
Corridor. We have done this in a step-wise manner, starting with input
sessions that dealt with general concerns and issues, then moving to those
of a more specific nature. We approached this in three phases.
Phase 1 began in the fall of 2008 and involved open public meetings and
focused stakeholder engagement sessions. These sessions followed a rough
discussion guideline. We began building a stakeholder contact list.
Phase 2 began in the spring of 2010 using the stakeholder contact list to
set up individual and micro group interviews. These interviews were
informally guided around 11 questions and the responses were recorded by
our interviewer. We also asked if there were others we should interview.
Any suggestions made were added to our stakeholder contact list. Over the
fall/winter of 2010, a detailed analysis of 4 of the 11 questions was
completed. The results from this phase were used to build a preliminary plan.
Phase 3 began in the spring of 2011. This phase involved talking to over 25
special interest groups and reviewing with them what our 224 phase 2
interviews had told us about them, and what we were intending to put in the
plan that impacted their organizations. At the end of talking to these
groups, we incorporated their feedback from these group meetings into the
In the fall of 2012, we reviewed
the plan with the above 25 special interest groups and also with almost 100
members of the public at an open house held on November 22, 2012. A summary
of that meeting is available here.
The public and special interest groups were very enthusiastic about the
The Wapiti Corridor Planning
Society has reviewed the input we received and gave the plan a final tweak.
The plans were submitted
to the Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation and to the Minister of
Environment and Sustainable Resource Development on Friday December 20th,
2013. See attached news
Wednesday January 15, the Wapiti Corridor Planning Society held their
annual General Meeting at the TEC Centre at Evergreen Park. At this meeting
the society had reviewed the major recommendations in its multi-use plan
and the future role of the society. At this meeting, the 2014 executive and
directors were elected. The minutes of that meeting are available here.
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Alberta Government's Land-use Framework: www.landuse.alberta.ca
Eagle Point - Blue Rapids Parks Council Webpage: www.epbrparkscouncil.org
Alberta's Capital Region River Valley Park - The River Valley Alliance: www.rivervalley.ab.ca
Wapiti Sand Dunes Land
Use Zones - June 1998 : Courtesy of Alberta Agriculture and Rural
Development - Environmental Protection:
Chart showing steps taken to prepare "Wapiti Sand Dunes Land Use Zones - June 1998"
compared to suggested process for the Wapiti Corridor Plan
Ecological Land Classification of The Bear River-Wapiti Area
Preliminary Report - May 1984:
Courtesy of Alberta
Prairie Sand Dunes Integrated Land Use Management Plan - July 1978:
Courtesy of Alberta
updated February 5, 2014