Can you confirm that there are no interim measures planned or in place with respect to the implementation of the regional plans?
Section 9(2)(l) of the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) provides that a regional plan can include “transitional or bridging arrangements”. Cabinet has the power under ALSA to effectively make a regional plan at any time, so it could seek to impose interim measures in any regional plan.
Various stakeholders, including the Pembina Institute, the Environmental Law Centre, and Water Matters, raised concerns during development of both theLand-use Framework policy and ALSA that interim measures should be considered to avoid rushes on land development while regional plans are developed. On May 21, 2009, at a meeting with various environmental organizations, Sustainable Resource Development Minister Ted Morton indicated that the provincial government did not plan to implement interim measures.
Ultimately the provincial government would be the body imposing any interim measures.
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