Empowering Municipalities for Environmental Management

Empowering Municipalities for Environmental Management

6/18/2014

Recommendations to Strengthen Alberta’s Municipal Government Act

In Alberta, the powers and activities of municipalities are governed by theMunicipal Government Act (the MGA). The Government of Alberta is currently conducting a review of the MGA and, as part of this process, we made our written recommendations last week.

It is our view that municipalities play a key role in managing and protecting Alberta’s environment. This occurs through regulation of private land uses and through local land use planning. However, the current MGA does little to require or empower municipalities to manage and protect the local environment. We would like to see environmental management and protection of the environment as a priority in the activities of municipalities.

To this end, we have made several recommendations to strengthen the MGA. These recommendations fall into several broad categories:

Read “Empowering Municipalities for Environmental Management” on the ELC blog.

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