Nov 26, 2018
At its meeting November 23, 2018 the Regional Agriculture Master Plan (RAMP) Task Force endorsed its draft vision and guidelines for the Plan and will recommend them to the EMRB for approval at the Board's December meeting.

The Task Force members were updated on RAMP's technical advisory committee's progress towards the development of a Land Evaluation and Site Assessment Tool ( LESA) and were provided a brief demonstration. Lead Consultant Jerry Bouma emphasized that establishing clear policy is the first priority to better inform any tool to support the implementation of more effective approaches to land conservation and one of the outcomes of the RAMP.

Chair Mayor Rod Shaigec thanked the Task Force for its commitment to having the "hard conversations" that will ensure the vision for a thriving, globally recognized agriculture economy that is embraced by the community and characterized by a secure land base, leadership in innovation and environmental stewardship is realized.

The day's meeting was held in Sturgeon County and was kicked off by a refresher presentation on the development and conclusions of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan. RAMP represents the first implementation project of the Growth Plan, which was approved by the Province about a year ago.
The Task Force also briefly discussed the FCM campaign Reliable Internet for Everyone, which seeks to elevate the issue of Broadband accessibility in rural areas.

See Agenda here

RAMP completion is targeted for mid-2020.
The next Task Force meeting will be held February 1, 2019.