Land Use Tag

Recommendations to Strengthen Alberta’s Municipal Government Act In Alberta, the powers and activities of municipalities are governed by the Municipal 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...

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...

Published in LawNow, May/June 2012 By Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre Set foot on Ruzicka Sunrise Farm and something feels different. Whether it is the diversity of birds, the native prairie, or dugouts that test cleaner than some municipal water sources,...

[caption id="attachment_1161" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Image: Arvind Balaraman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net"][/caption] 2012 will be a significant year for our environment. Political change is in the wind, a provincial election is coming, and Alberta is under pressure internally, nationally and internationally to demonstrate effective environmental stewardship and strong regulatory...

The Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA), which provides the legal framework for the province’s new land use planning and management system, has been in effect for two years. During that time, a first regional plan has been released in draft form, with a second soon...

If you're like many Albertans, you're probably asking yourself some pretty important questions about climate change.  The most overdue questions may be about soil not oil. For example: How can agricultural producers participate in the carbon market? Will international ...

Wondering what's going on with land use planning as it continues down the road to implementation? Ever asked who Alberta's water allocation system is "FIT FIR"? Curious about how the federal Environmental Bill of Rights might affect you? Have questions about how waste from proposed nuclear power developments...

By Cindy Chiasson Question Will the Environmental Law Centre prepare a brief report on the current performance of the Land-use Framework, future considerations and recommendations for the Alberta government and Cabinet? Answer The Centre has been following the Land-use Framework initiative from its beginning, and we have provided ongoing...

By Cindy Chiasson Question Is there a sense that regional plans would be allowed some significant differences depending on the region or is the government of Alberta more intent on streamlining planning across the province? Answer So far, it appears that the regional plans will differ depending on the...

By Cindy Chiasson Question What would the expected budget allocation be for government payments to landowners resulting from easements, land value impacts, etc.? Answer There is no right to compensation under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) other than (1) what can be claimed in relation to conservation directives...