Please don't go to sleep. This is important.
The Strategic Plan sets out in outline what the Local Development Plans have to say. And they determine whether planning applications are granted. It you do - or don't - want development in that field near you. THIS IS YOUR BEST OPPORTUNITY TO INFLUENCE.
The new plan is not greatly different to the old except it takes development out to 2035 with, for example, in the Ellon-Blackdog corridor, in addition to sites for 825 houses already in the pipeline (I guess mainly Castle Meadows and Trump/Menie), another 800 are planned up to 2016 with a further 1,500 to 2026 and 1,500 to 2035. That is roughly equivalent to a whole extra Ellon.
The plan claims to be concerned about climate change and economic development and contains an interesting section on waste with the Ellon-Blackdog corridor identified as an area of search for new waste processing facilities.
Please look at the documents at http://www.aberdeencityandshire-sdpa.gov.uk/DevelopmentPlan/StrategicDevelopmentPlan/2011_10_07MainIssuesReport.asp.
I'll comment more here once I have digested all the documents but I am happy to answer your queries here.