Urban Development Sub-Region (UDSR) Fort McMurray
Fort 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.
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 letter 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
- Mineral Rights Compensation Regulation
- Application for UDSR Mineral Rights Compensation Regulation Compensation Form
- Statutory Declaration Form
- Electronic Transfer System (ETS)
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The following documents were associated with public engagement;
- Public Engagement Session Information, Urban Development Sub-Region
- Map, Urban Development Sub-Region Area
- Map, Land Uses Contemplated by Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s Municipal Development Plan