Horizons

Your County is changing. The pace of change in the world around us is accelerating. While Beaver County and the towns and villages within the County boundary have for the most part had a fairly stable population over the last 15 years, many parts of rural Alberta are under pressure of population decline as farms get bigger and people pursue opportunities in larger urban centres. Beaver County has a proud history as an agricultural producer. There has been some modest industry growth in communities like Tofield and Viking. Proximity to the Edmonton region provides both challenges and opportunities. The million dollar question is: how will Beaver County navigate the future so it is proud, prosperous, environmentally and socially responsible, and a great manager of tax dollars?

Our children and future residents will look back on 2016 as a landmark year for our community. Council has initiated a process to develop a Sustainability Plan (to be renamed) – the ONE Plan that will guide our path forward as a community.

If the future is not something we enter, but something we create, this is the time to think about the legacy we will all leave for this community - our community.

Thank you to everyone who answered the survey regarding the Municipal Sustainability Plan, which will help refresh and redefine our future in the Beaver County region.  Over 180 people from the County, Tofield, Ryley, Holden and Viking responded.  Your help was invaluable and has led to a preferred vision that we are now drafting, but builds on our strong Agricultural and Environmental Roots.

For a complete copy of the results from the Community survey click here

In January 2017, we will begin sharing details of the plan through open house events and public displays in the County office.

Next Steps

Beaver County was provided an opportunity to participate in the Climate Resilience Express project through collaboration with Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) and the All One Sky Foundation.

On November 9, 2017, various stakeholders within Beaver County gathered together to participate in a workshop designed to look at:

  • Observed impacts, climate trends and projections
  • Climate risks and opportunities for Beaver County
  • Climate Resilience Actions and Implementation

From this workshop 13 climate related risks and one climate related opportunity were identified, of which three risk were judged to be priorities:

  • Reduced water availability
  • Wildland fires
  • Freeze -Thaw Cycles

Actions were then identified and discussion occurred around the implementation of these actions to ensure that Beaver County remains resilient under a wider range of potential future climate conditions.

The Action plan that was created from this workshop and other research is a living document and should be periodically reviewed and updated to ensure it remains relevant and effective for the municipality.

To view the Climate Resilience Express Action Plan click here .