10/10/2013 05:11 EDT | Updated 12/10/2013 05:12 EST

Alberta Public Land Use Changes Proposed By Redford Government


CALGARY - The Redford government is proposing sweeping changes to the way public land and water is managed in southern Alberta.

The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan is designed to balance future population and economic growth with protecting the environment.

The Progressive Conservative government's draft plan calls for new limits on air pollution and water use.

It also calls for expanding the amount of land in conservation areas within the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains by 50 per cent.

The government is asking people to review the plan and share any ideas or concerns with Alberta Environment.

Southern Alberta is the most populated part of the province with about 1.6 million people.

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