Municipalities have the potential to play a key role in environmental protection. Many private land uses are controlled and regulated at the municipal level. As well, municipalities are responsible for local land-use planning through municipal development plans, area structure plans and so forth. We would like to see environmental protection as a priority in the activities of municipalities.
It is with this goal in mind that we will be participating in the recently announced consultations on the Municipal Government Act (the MGA). Starting in February and throughout the spring, the Alberta Government will be conducting consultations on the MGA. Consultations will consist of written workbooks and surveys, as well as, in person meetings throughout Alberta. Meeting dates are as follows:
- Edmonton: February 5-7, 2014
- Fort McMurray: February 12-14, 2014
- Vermilion: February 19-21, 2014
- Lethbridge: February 26-28, 2014
- Edson: March 5-7, 2014
- Red Deer: March 12-14, 2014
- Brooks: March 26-28, 2014
- Grande Prairie: April 2-4, 2014
- Calgary: April 9-11, 2014
If you are interested in learning more or participating in the consultations, check out the Alberta Government consultation website at http://mgareview.alberta.ca. In support of the consultations, the Alberta Government has published a series of discussion papers relating to various aspects of the MGA. These papers can be found at http://mgareview.alberta.ca/additional-information.