May 7, 2014

Clarifying Property Rights in Alberta

Alberta Land Institute (ALI) has launched to assist Albertans with questions about property rights. The paper, entitled A Guide to Property Rights in Alberta, is the first result from its new research program. The Guide will be presented at the Land Use 2014 Conference organized by ALI, which will be attended by approximately 280 representatives from governments, non-governmental…

April 7, 2014

Taking a Boulder Stance on Urban Growth

Regional cooperation can lead to better land-use planning. “A lot of people can see the potential benefits of land preservation and tighter growth boundaries,” said Peter Pollock. “The challenge is that the land development system is based on many individual kinds of motivations, within what is often a very diffuse system of governance.” Pollock is the Ronald Smith Fellow with the Department…

March 17, 2014

The Challenge of Building a Great City

Joining Land Use 2014 as the Keynote Speaker was an easy decision for David Miller. “I thought the conference would be a terrific opportunity to talk about city building,” said Miller, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund – Canada. “How to use good planning and good thinking to help cities succeed economically, socially and environmentally.” Miller observed that Canadian cities are going…

January 13, 2014

Looking Ahead at Land-use Planning Policy in Alberta

Here are a few highlights of the policy issues Alberta Land Institute will be following in 2014. Release of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) may be the most significant planning tool for southern Alberta in the coming years.  The draft SSRP (up for consultation until January 15) is the second of seven Regional Plans to be developed under the 2009 Alberta…

November 12, 2013

Evaluating Mechanisms for Wetland Restoration and Retention in Alberta

Alberta Land Institute (ALI) is funding a research project to determine which methods of restoring or retaining wetlands are most effective – ecologically, economically and socially. Dr. Peter Boxall, Professor, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at University of Alberta, is ALI’s Principal Investigator for this project. Boxall is collaborating with Dr. Irena Creed, Professor…