Our Region


A long term plan cannot be a static document and the 30-year CRB Growth Plan for the CRB is no exception. The update to the 2010 Growth Plan began in 2014 when the Growth Plan Task Force was struck. Over 30 months the Task Force worked through that plan's successes and learnings to update and enhance the next generation of Growth Plan. The resulting Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan was approved by the Board on October 13, 2016 and delivered to the Province on October 19, 2016, thus completing the Task Force's mandate. Updates to the new plan will begin in two-five years in order to address changing conditions, incorporate new ideas, and capitalize on experience of implementing this new plan to make course corrections for improvement as required.

The Board thanks the Task Force members for their service and dedication to the creating the best future for all Regional residents.

Task Force Members
  • Mayor Roxanne Carr, Chair | Strathcona County
  • Mayor Lisa Holmes, Vice-Chair | Town of Morinville
  • Mayor Don Iveson, Member |City of Edmonton
  • Mayor Gale Katchur, Member| City of Fort Saskatchewan
  • Councillor Cathy Heron, Member | City of St. Albert
  • Councillor John Schonewille, Member | Leduc County
  • Mayor Ralph van Assen, Member | Village of Warburg
he Growth Plan Update process, as per its Project Charter, uses an evidence-based approach, with an emphasis on critical core infrastructure, to guide regional growth. Following extensive data analysis and an exhaustive review of existing documents and policy, the task force is now leading a five phase collaborative process involving CRB members, municipal growth experts and stakeholders who care about our region’s future. This process began with the creation of a regional vision and will culminate at the end of 2015 with a finalized growth plan.

Since 2009, conditions in the Capital Region have changed. The region has experienced above average population and employment growth and is projected to double in 30 years to more than two million people and more than one million jobs.

The focus on core infrastructure provides a solid foundation on which to base regional growth decisions. Municipalities understand that infrastructure serves development and long-term prosperity.

The project has required significant data-gathering and analysis, beginning in 2014 with a thorough review of the current plan’s 10 assorted documents and a policy evaluation.

Through 2015 and 2016 the project is moving through five phases:

  1. Creation of a Regional Vision for Growth
  2. Exploration of different approaches to managing growth viaScenarios
  3. Policy Development
  4. Drafting of an Implementation Plan
  5. Refinement and Approval of the Final Growth Plan – the Growth Plan 2.0

The Growth Plan Update was managed by a Task Force of CRB members that reported directly to the Capital Region Board.

The Task Force was supported by a Core Project Team of local, regional and national experts in the field of metropolitan growth.

Additional Resources

This information offers an insight into our region that helps us understand what we are today and what we can become. Check out the following resources to learn more about our region: