Urban Development Sub-Region (UDSR) Fort McMurray
On July 25, 2013, the Alberta Government announced an Urban Development Sub-region (UDSR) of more than 55,000 acres of Crown land for urban expansion in Fort McMurray. Committing this large region allows the Government of Alberta to sell Crown land to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) to ensure sustainable growth and coordinated long-term planning between the municipality and the province.
The Province's UDSR policy is outlined in Information Letter 2013-27 .
Leases in the Urban Development Sub-region not compatible with urban development, which includes all oil sands leases and incompatible surface dispositions, will be cancelled. Lessees will be compensated in accordance with existing legislation.
The need to address future growth was identified by the Alberta Government in the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (2012), the Comprehensive Regional Infrastructure Sustainability Plan (CRISP) for the Athabasca Oil Sands Area (2011) and Responsible Actions: A plan for Alberta’s Oil Sands (2009).
In addition to meetings with the RMWB, consultation sessions took place from September 2012 to January 2013 in the form of public engagement sessions and direct meetings. The Government of Alberta sought input on the UDSR boundary from local First Nations and stakeholders, including industry and the general public.
Alberta Energy's decision to compensate and cancel UDSR crown oil sands mineral rights agreements under the Mineral Rights Compensation Regulation was made because the Minister of Energy determined that the highest priority land use within the Fort McMurray UDSR was future urban growth.