Abstract: The Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ) dataset is comprised of all the polygons that represent Public Land Use Zones in Alberta. A Public Land Use Zone is an area of land to which legislative controls are applied to achieve particular land management objectives identified in a guiding land and resource plan. They can be used to protect areas containing sensitive resources such as wildlife and their habitats, vegetation, soils and watersheds as well as to separate or manage conflicting recreational activities. These areas have been designated as Public Land Use Zones, under the authority of Section 178 and 208 of the Public Lands Administration Regulation (PLAR) under the Public Lands Act. Public Land Use Zones were formerly known as Forest Land Use Zones (FLUZ) which were designated under the former Forest Recreation Regulation under the Forests Act. The Public Lands Administration Regulation came into effect on September 12, 2011. At this time, Forest Land Use Zones under the Forest Recreation Regulation were incorporated into the Public Lands Act and Public Lands Administration Regulation. As a result, Forest Land Use Zone became Public Land Use Zone.
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      B41734F5-3A63-41FD-AF6F-FE599059B043
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      eng
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      utf8
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      dataset
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          Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta
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          Provincial Geospatial Centre
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                  7804277374
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                  7804220712
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                  14th Floor, Oxbridge Place
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                  9820 - 106 Street NW
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                  Edmonton
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                  Alberta
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                  T5K 2J6
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                  CA
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                  AEP.GDAMetadata@gov.ab.ca
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          publisher
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      2023-07-25
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      NAP - Metadata
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      1.2
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Spatial representation info:

Vector spatial representation: Topology level: Topology level code: geometryOnly Geometric objects: Geometric objects: Geometric object type: Geometric object type code: composite Geometric object count: 61
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Reference system info:

Reference system: Reference system identifier: RS Identifier: Code: 3400 Code Space: EPSG Version: 6.11(9.3.0.0)
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Identification info:

Data identification: Citation: Citation: Title: Public Land Use Zone Alternate title: PLUZ Date: Date: Date: 2018-05-16 Date type: Date type code: creation Date: Date: Date: 2023-04-04 Date type: Date type code: publication Date: Date: Date: 2023-04-04 Date type: Date type code: revision Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta Position name: Provincial Geospatial Centre Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: 7804277374 Facsimile: 7804220712 Address: Address: Delivery point: 14th Floor, Oxbridge Place Delivery point: 9820 - 106 Street NW City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T5K 2J6 Country: Country: CA Electronic mail address: AEP.GDAMetadata@gov.ab.ca Role: Role code: originator Abstract: The Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ) dataset is comprised of all the polygons that represent Public Land Use Zones in Alberta. A Public Land Use Zone is an area of land to which legislative controls are applied to achieve particular land management objectives identified in a guiding land and resource plan. They can be used to protect areas containing sensitive resources such as wildlife and their habitats, vegetation, soils and watersheds as well as to separate or manage conflicting recreational activities. These areas have been designated as Public Land Use Zones, under the authority of Section 178 and 208 of the Public Lands Administration Regulation (PLAR) under the Public Lands Act. Public Land Use Zones were formerly known as Forest Land Use Zones (FLUZ) which were designated under the former Forest Recreation Regulation under the Forests Act. The Public Lands Administration Regulation came into effect on September 12, 2011. At this time, Forest Land Use Zones under the Forest Recreation Regulation were incorporated into the Public Lands Act and Public Lands Administration Regulation. As a result, Forest Land Use Zone became Public Land Use Zone. Purpose: The Public Land Use Zone dataset provides users with GIS ready polygonal representation of all Public Land Use Zones in the province of Alberta, and is suitable for indexing or analysis purposes. Status: Progress code: completed Point of contact: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta Position name: Provincial Geospatial Centre Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: 7804277374 Facsimile: 7804220712 Address: Address: Delivery point: 14th Floor, Oxbridge Place Delivery point: 9820 - 106 Street NW City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T5K 2J6 Country: Country: CA Electronic mail address: AEP.GDAMetadata@gov.ab.ca Role: Role code: pointOfContact Resource maintenance: Maintenance information: Maintenance and update frequency: Maintenance frequency code: asNeeded Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: Alberta, Canada Type: Keyword type code: place Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: Land management Keyword: Public lands Type: Keyword type code: theme Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Access constraints: Restriction code: otherRestrictions Other constraints: To access the data you must agree to the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta. Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Use constraints: Restriction code: license Other constraints: Your use of this information will be governed by the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, in force as of the date you accessed the information, found at https://open.alberta.ca/licence Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Use limitation: Distribution Liability: Under the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, the Information is licensed as is, and the Information Provider excludes all representations, warranties, obligations, and liabilities, whether express or implied, to the maximum extent permitted by law. The Information Provider is not liable for any errors or omissions in the Information, and will not under any circumstances be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other loss, injury or damage caused by its use or otherwise arising in connection with this licence or the Information, even if specifically advised of the possibility of such loss, injury or damage. Resource constraints: Security constraints: Classification: Classification code: unclassified User note: Public/Unrestricted Classification system: Government of Alberta Data and Information Security Classification Handling description: https://imtpolicy.sp.alberta.ca/standards/Pages/Data-and-Information-Security-Classification.aspx Aggregation Info: AggregateInformation: Aggregate Data Set Name: Citation: Title: ALBERTA REGULATION 187/2011 Public Lands Act: PUBLIC LANDS ADMINISTRATION REGULATION Date: Date: Date: 2023-02-01 Date type: Date type code: publication Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta King's Printer, Government of Alberta Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: 780-427-4952 Address: Address: Delivery point: Park Plaza Delivery point: Suite 700, 10611 98 Avenue City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T5K 2P7 Country: Country: CA Electronic mail address: kings-printer@gov.ab.ca Role: Role code: publisher Other citation details: To obtain please visit: https://kings-printer.alberta.ca/570.cfm?frm_isbn=9780779840205&search_by=link ISBN: 9780779840205 Association Type: Association type code: crossReference Spatial representation type: Spatial representation type code: vector Language: Language Code: eng Character set: Character set code: utf8 Topic category: Topic category code: boundaries Extent: Extent: Geographic element: Geographic bounding box: Extent type code: true West bound longitude: -121 East bound longitude: -109 South bound latitude: 48 North bound latitude: 61 Extent: Extent: Geographic element: Geographic bounding box: Extent type code: true West bound longitude: -117.930313 East bound longitude: -113.742485 South bound latitude: 49.2584 North bound latitude: 54.311866 Supplemental Information: In the renaming exercise, migrating FLUZ to PLUZ; due to the potential misalignments between the PLUZ land descriptions in the PLAR and the specific exceptions noted (i.e. excluded areas listed do not exist within the specific land use area), all the excluded areas were removed. There were limited changes to the exterior boundaries of the PLUZ dataset, except in cases where the formerly captured excluded areas happened to be sitting either along or overlap the described exterior boundaries of the specific land use zone. In those cases, exterior boundaries which did not have to exist before were then captured, according to the descriptions of that specific PLUZ. For operational needs, datasets as described by the individual PLUZ as exclusions should be brought in as references, to validate their existence for business analysis. Some updates that may be required include the names of different excluded areas to reflect their updated names. A review of the spatial data layer and PLAR to ensure alignment and appropriate updating occurs. These have not been completed to date. In the renaming exercise, an additional item field named 'TYPE' has been added to the polygon attribute table, to identify the designated public land use type as defined in the PLAR.
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DISTRIBUTION INFO:

Distribution: Distribution format: Format: Name: Enterprise Geodatabase Feature Class Version: 10.7.1 Distribution format: Format: Name: Shapefile Version: 10.7.1 Specification: SHP File decompression technique: ZIP Distributor: Distributor: Distributor contact: Responsible party: Organisation name: Altalis Ltd. Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: 4037163490 Facsimile: 4037163494 Address: Address: Delivery point: Suite 1550, 635 - 8 Avenue SW City: Calgary Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T2P 3M3 Country: Country: CA Electronic mail address: support@altalis.com Hours of service: 08:00 to 16:30 Monday to Friday Contact instructions: The layer is a part of the Base Features product which can be accessed and downloaded via the Open Data option from Altalis at https://www.altalis.com/ Role: Role code: distributor Distributor: Distributor: Distributor contact: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta Position name: Provincial Geospatial Centre Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: 7804277374 Facsimile: 7804220712 Address: Address: Delivery point: 14th Floor, Oxbridge Place Delivery point: 9820 - 106 Street NW City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T5K 2J6 Country: Country: CA Electronic mail address: AEP.Data@gov.ab.ca Role: Role code: distributor Transfer options: Digital transfer options: Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://geospatial.alberta.ca/titan/rest/services/base/land_use_management_10tm_nad83_aep/MapServer Protocol: REST Name: base/land_use_management_10tm_nad83_aep (MapServer) Description: REST service for Land Use Management data including Public Land Use Zone data Function: Online function code: webService Transfer options: Digital transfer options: Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://kings-printer.alberta.ca/570.cfm?frm_isbn=9780779840205&search_by=link Protocol: HTTPS Name: ALBERTA REGULATION 187/2011 Public Lands Act: PUBLIC LANDS ADMINISTRATION REGULATION Function: Online function code: information
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Data quality info:

Data quality: Scope: Scope: Hierarchy level: Scope code: dataset Lineage: Lineage: Statement: The defining document for the Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ) data set is Alberta Regulation 187/2011 Public Lands Act, Public Lands Administration Regulation (PLAR) Schedule 4 Public Land Use Zones and Schedule 7 Castle Special Management Area Public Land Use Zone. This dataset was formerly known as Forest Land Use Zone (FLUZ), compiled based on the 1:20 000 MicroStation files supplied by the Custom/Series Mapping Unit of Informatics Branch, with limited interpretation of the FLUZ Regulations as directed by Forest Management Division, the former data authority. The polygonal boundaries captured were not verified to comply with boundaries defined in the FLUZ Regulations, in effect at the time. Excluded tracts of land had been described in the FLUZ Regulations but not necessary shown in the reference 1:20 000 MicroStation files. In those cases, exclusions were not captured in the FLUZ dataset. For each FLUZ captured, exterior road allowances are excluded but interior road allowances are included. Process step: Process step: Description: The Public Land Use Zone (former Forest Land Use Zone) boundary is built by selecting and putting available Source Data (described below) into an edit environment of the layer, to assemble the Geoadministrative Areas (GA) boundary. The GA boundary built uses Base Features (BF) Source Data which includes arc layers of Alberta Township System (ATS), Hydrography, Hypsography and Access. In cases where BF Source Data does not exist, Alberta Data Partnerships (ADP) Cadastral Source Data including block, lot, plan, ownership and right-of-way are used. Legal Subdivision (LSD) arcs supplied by ADP are also used. ATS v4.1 data layer is considered to be the foundation by which all other Source Data should be registered with when the GA boundary layer is compiled. The Cadastral Source Data maintained by ADP is used in the hierarchy order of block, lot, plan and right-of-way; regardless which version it is. The ADP cadastral representation of ATS and Hydrography is not used. The ADP LSD arcs are used for boundary segments that are interpreted as aligning with legal subdivision lines according to the defining document; but the representation of Section, Quarter Section and Road Allowance are not allowed to be used as these lines should be derived from the BF ATS Source Data. If none of the above Source Data is available and the defining document refers a specific elevation or contour, Hypsography contour data is used. If no source arc for the particular contour or elevation exists, interpolation of the contours or elevation graphically is obtained by averaging between successive contours on either side of the range of elevation values. If the defining document describes a mountain peak, interpretation of the contours to determine the highest point of the peak is determined or in certain cases a spot height point in the Hypsography cartographic layer is used to identify the peak. If the defining document describes a boundary segment as Height-of-Land (HOL), HOL data is captured by digitization or graphical construction. In cases if the GA boundary is described, but no Source Data is available except from a digital reference file provided by data authority, with data authority's expressed permission, arcs are copied from the digital reference file. Segments of the boundary which adjoin to Provincial Boundary or National Park, arcs are copied from these 2 layers to define the GA boundary so that the layer does conform to these 2 key layers. Once all the Source Data has been copied and put into the edit environment, Constructed arcs are used to close polygon in cases where a gap between 2 Source Data arcs exceeds 0.001 meters. If a gap is less than 0.001 meters, one of the Source Data is extended to close the polygon, in accordance with the Source Data edit hierarchy i.e. with the highest order of importance to the least importance which is in the order of ATS, Hydrography, Hypsography, ADP data, Access, Height-of-Land or digitized arcs and digital reference file. Spatial relationship of the boundary layer compiled is maintained with the Base Features (BF) Source data and other Source Data with the geometry of all the Source Data remains unaltered throughout the editing process. Edit tolerance is set to zero for node snap and arc snap. The GA polygons compiled have all the linework precisely closed. Attribute tables are created according to item definition, with only one label point exists per GA polygon. Clean processes on the Source Data beyond the tolerances specified above are prohibited. Source Data is edited manually in order to maintain polygon topology using BUILD processes. After polygons are built, they are attributed according to the Base Features GA Specification table standard i.e. CODE and NAME. The formatted polygon attribute values are validated with Forest Land Use Zone codes and legal names obtained from the Department. Date and time: 2012-02-15T00:00:00 Processor: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta Position name: Information and Data Provisioning Services, Informatics Branch, Corporate Services Division Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: Electronic mail address: AEP.GDAMetadata@gov.ab.ca Role: Role code: processor Process step: Process step: Description: Correction: Athabasca Ranch - Remove lands NE 17-51-25-5 and SE 18-51-25-5. Date and time: 2013-07-01T00:00:00 Processor: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta Position name: Information and Data Provisioning Services, Informatics Branch, Corporate Services Division Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: Electronic mail address: AEP.GDAMetadata@gov.ab.ca Role: Role code: processor Process step: Process step: Description: Correction: Athabasca Ranch - Remove land exclusions NE 17-51-25-5 and SE 18-51-25-5. NOTE: 2012 Land's Data Authority recommendation: The external PLUZ boundaries used currently, without showing the exclusions. RATIONALE: Due to the inconsistent representation of exclusions within the PLUZ areas, and between the PLUZ spatial data layer and PLRA (Public Land Recreation Area), there is no benefit in showing the exclusions when they are not necessarily correct. At such time that PLRA and the layers are reconciled, the exclusions could then be shown. Date and time: 2015-09-01T00:00:00 Processor: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta Position name: Information and Data Provisioning Services, Informatics Branch, Corporate Services Division Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: Electronic mail address: AEP.GDAMetadata@gov.ab.ca Role: Role code: processor Process step: Process step: Description: Correction: Athabasca Ranch: Remove lands NE 17-51-25-5 and SE 18-51-25-5. They are freehold land and not subject to the PLUZ. NOTE: The Forest Land Use Zones (FLUZs) was under the Forest Recreation Regulation which later became Public Land Use Zones (PLUZs) under Public Lands Administration Regulation (PLAR). This spatial data layer was not examined for any discrepancies or improvements in accuracy at the time of renaming exercise. The only change was in the names. Date and time: 2016-02-01T00:00:00 Processor: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta Position name: Information and Data Provisioning Services, Informatics Branch, Corporate Services Division Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: Electronic mail address: AEP.GDAMetadata@gov.ab.ca Role: Role code: processor Process step: Process step: Description: Amendment: Castle Special Management Area - O.C. 24/2017, A.R. 6/2017 (Jan. 20, 2017 but effective date is Feb. 16, 2017) Appendix Public Lands Act, Public Lands Administration Amendment Regulation. Date and time: 2017-07-01T00:00:00 Processor: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta Position name: Information and Data Provisioning Services, Informatics Branch, Corporate Services Division Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: Electronic mail address: AEP.GDAMetadata@gov.ab.ca Role: Role code: processor Process step: Process step: Description: 1. New PLUZ Public Lands Administration Amendment Regulation. O.C. 154/2018 (May 15, 2018) and A.R. 70/2018 (May 16, 2018) Part S: Livingstone Part T: Porcupine Hills As of May 15, 2018; the Porcupine Hills and Livingstone area is regulated under the Public Lands Administration Regulation as Public Land Use Zones (PLUZ). The two new PLUZs will manage outdoor recreational activities through a designated motorized trail system and provide a range of recreation experiences. The PLUZs enable implementation of the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint Management Plan (2018) and Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Recreation Management Plan (2018). 2. Recind PLUZ a. Allison/Chinook (code=00009) b. Willow Creek (code=00018) The designation of the Livingstone PLUZ rescinded the former Allison/Chinook and Willow Creek PLUZs. 3. Regulation Eleventhly: "..........The north east quarter, legal subdivision fourteen (14).......... of section seven (7)." The north east quarter refers to LSD 9, 10, 15 & 16. LSD 9 has not been described under the ‘Saving and Excepting’ in the O.C. and, therefore, is not excluded though it should be (because freehold - Plan 6783HX). Future correction on the O.C. is required. Date and time: 2018-06-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Null polygons were deleted upon request by business area. Date and time: 2018-11-26T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Correction: Athabasca Ranch: Remove lands NE 17-51-25-5 and SE 18-51-25-5. They are freehold land and not subject to the PLUZ. Date and time: 2023-04-04T00:00:00 Processor: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta Position name: Provincial Geospatial Centre Contact info: missing Role: Role code: processor
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Metadata maintenance:

Maintenance information: Maintenance and update frequency: Maintenance frequency code: asNeeded
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