ISL, Urban Strategies and the CRB Win Two Awards for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan

On June 18, ISL’s Land Use Planning group, alongside the Capital Region Board and Urban Strategies, received an Award of Planning Merit in the Comprehensive and Policy Design Category from the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI), as well as an Award of Planning Excellence Merit from the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan

“It was a team effort right from the early planning stages with ISL, Urban Strategies and the CRB Task Force (designed to think regionally) collaborating to deliver the Plan,” says Constance Gourley, Manager of Land Use Planning and Community Engagement for ISL. “A first of its kind in Alberta, the Plan moves beyond a traditional land use plan to address global economic competitiveness, climate change, agriculture, complete communities and housing, a regional transportation plan and servicing.”

Sharon Shuya, Manager of Regional Projects for the Capital Region Board adds: “This Plan enables a sustainable future for the Region based on a shared commitment to Re-imagine. Plan. Build. an attractive, livable and prosperous place for future generations. The Plan was built on strong leadership and regional collaboration – the keys to successful planning now and in the future”.

Each year APPI recognizes exemplary work within the planning profession. Awards acknowledge worthy plans and projects, undertaken in whole or in part by members of the Institute, that significantly contribute to the livability of communities in Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The CIP's annual Awards for Planning Excellence honour planning projects judged on their excellence, innovation, impact on the profession, implementation potential and overall presentation. The 2017 awards were presented at the APPI/CIP National Conference in Calgary.

About the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan

ISL and Urban Strategies prepared the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan (EMRGP) for the Capital Region Board (CRB), facilitating growth across the Region in a responsible manner and supporting the long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for all citizens in the 24 member municipalities. The Plan is a culmination of a three-year planning process to clarify opportunities, the Region’s growth challenges, and a path to resilience and adaptability to sustain continued population and economic growth that advances regional prosperity over the next 30 years. The EMRGP set the path for sustainable growth and development in the Region through organized and systematic planning. The CRB approved the EMRGP in 2016 and delivered it to the Government of Alberta for final approval.

To view the project video, click here