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Municipal Sustainability Planning & Community Capacity

Impacts Entire Province

RADF Investment: $1,479,200

Other Investment: $472,800

Total Investment: $1,952,000

Project Period: April 2008–January 2011

Community Development Community Development
Economic Development Economic Development

T: 780.433.4431


E: main@auma.ca

Project Description

The Municipal Sustainability Planning project arms rural communities with the skills and knowledge they need to develop effective municipal sustainability plans. These plans maximize available resources and provide action plans to move a community in its desired direction. The Rural Alberta Development Fund's contribution builds upon work already done in this area by the AUMA and has helped generate sufficient capacity for communities to build their own plans.

Expected Outcomes and Benefits         

All projects go through a selection process to ensure they will improve the quality of life for Albertans. This project meets this objective through the following outcomes and benefits:

  • Has been used to create additional rural-community municipal-sustainability plans
  • Increase ability of rural communities to plan and implement sustainable programs in key areas like leadership and development
  • Give elected officials and municipal staff a better understanding of the connection between social, cultural, economic, environmental, and governance aspects of sustainability
  • 29 individual MSP's and 6 regional MSP's were completed
  • 78% of the communities indicated that dollars have been requested for the implementation of the plans.
  • The greatest impact for rural Alberta is for some small communities, they now have a living planning document that can be used as a baseline, revisited and modified.