Building on regional successes

We implement the regional Growth Plan. To do so and build on our shared vision of the future,
the EMRB will be moving forward, based on successful, regionally focused projects such as these.

They represent the results of 10 years of successful regional research and proprietary regional data that has been made possible and assembled by Alberta's first growth management board, the Capital Region Board. It is reflected in the nature and quality of the award-winning Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan.

Regional Need

The regional Board alone conducts needs assessments on a regional basis. In 2016 two important assessments were begun to explore regional housing need and the need for specialized transportation (for seniors and persons with disability) in smaller communities. This resulted in two reports that are being used to develop a Regional Housing Master Plan and a coordinated approach to resolving transportation needs outside large centres. Interestingly the two studies overlap in providing vital planning information for the future.

Road Shows in Thorsby and Bon Accord were held in late November 2016 to bring this information to regional residents. See story and presentations here.

Projects to date

  • Capital Regional Land Use Plan (updated every five years)
  • GIS pilot project
  • Integrated municipal planning framework
  • Regional energy corridors study (pipelines and power)
  • Regional infrastructure corridors study
  • Regional recreation corridors study
  • Implementation of REF Administration Report recommendations
Director, Regional Growth Planning is Sharon Shuya, 780-638-6004


The Housing Committee engages in a variety of projects to support increased awareness of the need for a broader mix of housing in the Region and works with the home building industry to overcome barriers to more new affordable housing.

Regional Project Manager is Stephanie Chai, 780-638-6007

Approved Regional Plans

GIS Coordinator is Brandt Denham, 780-638-5054

Growth Principles

  • Collaborate and coordinate as a region to manage growth responsibly 
  • Promote global economic competitiveness and regional prosperity
  • Recognize and celebrate the diversity of communities and promote an excellent quality of life across the region
  • Achieve compact growth that optimizes infrastructure investment
  • Ensure effective regional mobility
  • Ensure the wise management of prime agricultural sources
  • Protect natural heritage systems and environmental assets 

Integrated policy areas