Master Plan requirements

A Resort Master Plan is a detailed plan that is an integral part of the major project review process. It describes in detail how development of a resort area will go ahead.

A Master Plan is a refinement of the concept plans that are submitted as part of a formal proposal, including technical and management information needed to support the sustainable development of the resort. A Resort Master Plan is a key part of the terms and conditions of a master development agreement. It should include:

  • A description of the project’s vision
  • A discussion of the project’s goals and objectives
  • A detailed site inventory and analysis
  • Presentation of resort concepts
  • A presentation of resort plans, designs and supporting documentation
  • A detailed implementation strategy
  • A study of the project’s economic feasibility
  • Indication of the proponent’s financial capability to see the project through to completion

A Resort Master Plan is completed once a formal resort proposal has been approved and an interim agreement between the provincial government and the proponent has been signed. The interim agreement sets out the terms and conditions for its preparation and approval.

A Resort Master Plan will be reviewed to make sure all environmental, cultural, social and economic considerations are appropriately addressed. The provincial government's referral and consultation procedures, along with the results of any Environmental Assessment Act review, are used to determine whether the master plan is approved or not.

Approval of the Master Plan represents the Province’s approval of the land use decision.

For more information, see the All Season Resorts Guidelines.