Urban Development Sub-Region (UDSR) Fort McMurray

UDSR map in JPEG format see the PDF version for detailFort McMurray is experiencing fast-paced population growth related to oil sands development. The city is surrounded by Crown land and needs room to accommodate new residential, commercial and light industrial growth.

On July 25, 2013, the Alberta Government announcedexternal link icon an Urban Development Sub-regionPDF icon of more than 55,000-acres of Crown land for urban expansion in Fort McMurray.

The Urban Development Sub-region is more than double the size of present-day Fort McMurray. Committing this large region allows the Government of Alberta to sell Crown land to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to ensure sustainable growth and coordinated long-term planning between the municipality and the province.

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 to make room for municipal expansion.  Lessees will be compensated in accordance with existing legislation. An information letterPDF icon has been sent to surface and subsurface lease holders.

The need to address this 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 Oils Sands (2009), Alberta's 20-year strategic plan for the oil sands.

In addition to meetings with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, consultation sessions took place from September 2012 to January 2013 in the form of public engagement sessions and direct meetings. Government sought input on the boundary from local First Nations and stakeholders, including industry and the general public. Frequently asked questions for industry are listed below, questions for the general public are also available.

UDSR Crown Mineral Rights Cancellation and Compensation

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The following documents were associated with public engagement;

Frequently Asked Questions for Industry

How do I know if my oil sands agreement will be cancelled and if I am eligible for compensation under the Mineral Rights Compensation Regulation?
How do I know what costs are eligible for compensation under the Mineral Rights Compensation Regulation?
If I am eligible to claim compensation, how do I submit an application for compensation under Mineral Rights Compensation Regulation and what is the cost?
How long do I have to submit my application for compensation?
I have followed the instructions and submitted my application for Mineral Rights Compensation Regulation compensation. How will I know that my application has been received?
What is a Statutory Declaration and how do I submit one?
Will the information I provide in my application for Mineral Rights Compensation Regulation compensation be kept confidential?
I have submitted the application for Mineral Rights Compensation Regulation compensation and have received confirmation/notification that my application has been received by Alberta Energy. What happens next?