PEACE RIVER, Alta. — Hearings are scheduled to begin this week on odours blamed on oilsands operations that have driven northern Alberta families off their land and at least one of the affected farmers hopes it will all wind up with tougher rules against bad smells.
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New proposals for development in the Westpark area of Fort Saskatchewan were put forward to council on Tuesday, after original proposals were turned down last month.
The Forest Ridge neighbourhood saw high-density proposals in January that brought the public out to speak against the development. That same day, council turned down the proposal while approving development in the Southfort area.
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Public consultations will be held in Calgary on Tuesday toward development of a sweeping plan that will shape the southern Alberta landscape for decades to come.
The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan, which will guide future decisions, comprises an area spanning 83,764 square kilometres from just north of Calgary to the Canada-United States border, and is bounded by the Rocky Mountains to the west and the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary to the east.
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