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Overview

We are collecting feedback on the draft land use plan for the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir to inform future use of the project lands.

This project is designed as a dry reservoir that will hold water during a flood emergency. When the area is not being used for flood mitigation and operational activities, the land may be used for other purposes.

Timeline

  • Open

    Survey closes March 17, 2024 at 11:59 pm.

  • Results under review

  • Completed

Who is listening

Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas

Get involved

Online survey

Complete the online survey before March 18, 2024 to share your feedback on the draft land use plan.

Take the survey

Indigenous engagement

Indigenous communities and organizations have been engaged in the development of the draft land use plan, and are invited to share their feedback on the draft plan through the online survey, or through one-on-one conversations with the land use planning team.

Get informed

During a flood emergency, the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir project lands will hold water from the Elbow River to reduce the risk to downstream communities and landscapes.

When project lands are not being used for flood mitigation or operational activities, First Nations will have priority access for the exercise of treaty rights and traditional uses. Public access and other uses, such as non-motorized recreational activities, will also be permitted.

Draft land use plan

The draft land use plan includes:

  • the location and context of the project lands
  • restricted access areas to ensure safety and successful operation of water management infrastructure 
  • closure scenarios to restrict general access during periods of increased risk to public safety, during operational activities, or to manage environmental sensitivities 
  • policy direction for First Nations’ priority access and use of the project lands 
  • policy direction for public access and use of the project lands

Policy categories

The following 3 policy categories ensure applicable legislation and regulatory conditions guide use of the lands in alignment with the operational requirements for flood mitigation.

  • Flood mitigation: project operations and land management

    Policies support access for maintenance and other operational activities, land management and vegetation management to ensure the dry reservoir is ready for use during a flood event.

  • First Nations' access and use of the project lands

    Policies support our commitment to working with First Nations peoples to ensure reasonable access to the project lands to support the exercise of treaty rights and traditional uses where compatible with operational and safety requirements.

  • Public access and use of the project lands

    Policies support opportunities for public access for limited year-round non-motorized recreational activities. 

How we got here

The draft land use plan was developed with input received from 2 land use committees representing Indigenous communities and organizations, local municipalities, stakeholders, landowners and community groups.

  • The First Nations Committee – emphasized the importance of the land for its natural value and First Nations’ priority access and use of the project lands to exercise of treaty rights and traditional uses.
  • The Joint Land Use Advisory Committee  – developed a Springbank Off-stream Reservoir Land Use Plan Recommendations Report that addressed land management, public access and use of the project lands. The report was considered in the development of the draft land use plan.

Outcomes

Your input will be used to help finalize the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir Land Use Plan and ensure safe and responsible use of the project lands. The final land use plan is expected to be completed by spring 2024. 

Contact

Connect with the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir Land Use Planning team:

Email: [email protected]