Comprehensive Regional Infrastructure Sustainability Plan (CRISP)
As oil sands development and populations grow in parts of Alberta, decision-makers need to look long-term to ensure they can continue to build sustainably for the benefit of Albertans.
This requires consultation and planning. CRISPs are long-term, collaborative approaches to planning infrastructure in Alberta's three oil sands areas: Athabasca, Cold Lake and Peace River.
CRISP stands for:
- Comprehensive – Looks at how communities can accommodate growth and cover infrastructure needs including water and wastewater treatment, transportation, schools, health facilities and multi-use corridors.
- Regional – Planning across municipal boundaries and in collaboration with key stakeholders.
- Infrastructure – A specific scope that focuses on infrastructure that is critical to facilitate the development of the oil sands and increasing quality of life in communities, as well as attracting and retaining workers and their families.
- Sustainability – Providing an opportunity to develop infrastructure in a new way that has less impact on the environment, creates vibrant communities and promotes economic opportunities to benefit current and future generations.
- Plan – Providing a set of steps that will guide infrastructure development and keep pace with growth in the area.
The development of CRISPs is led by the Oil Sands Sustainable Development Secretariat of Alberta Energy. A number of key provincial ministries, stakeholder groups, First Nations and Métis have provided key support in the development of these plans.
- Athabasca Oil Sands Area CRISP (available)
- Cold Lake Oil Sands Area CRISP (available)
- Peace River Oil Sands Area CRISP (underway)