Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment Act to change how mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties work to­gether

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Al­berta mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties will ben­e­fit from a mod­ern­ized Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment Act (MGA) in time for the next mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions in 2017.

The act is our prov­ince’s sec­ond largest piece of leg­is­la­tion and touches the daily lives of all Al­ber­tans by defin­ing how their mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are gov­erned, funded, and de­vel­oped.

A key com­po­nent of the up­dated leg­is­la­tion will be mu­nic­i­pal partnerships. With the grow­ing num­ber of fam­i­lies in our prov­ince, a col­lab­o­ra­tive, for­ward­think­ing ap­proach to ser­vice de­liv­ery is needed now more than ever. As a re­sult, the metropoli­tan re­gions of Calgary and Ed­mon­ton will form growth man­age­ment boards.

“Af­ter years of con­sul­ta­tion and a lack of lead­er­ship from the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion, our gov­ern­ment is fol­low­ing through on its com­mit­ment to mod­ern­ize mu­nic­i­pal leg­is­la­tion. The struc­ture will stress work­ing to­gether, grow­ing to­gether, and mak­ing our prov­ince bet­ter to­gether. We are com­mit­ted to a new era in pro­vin­cial-mu­nic­i­pal re­la­tions, one where com­mu­ni­ties work to­gether to cre­ate a more col­lab­o­ra­tive, mod­ern, ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able fu­ture.”

Deron Bilous, Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs

“AUMA is pleased to see that the gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ting to com­plet­ing the MGA Re­view be­fore the 2017 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion. This is a trans­for­ma­tive op­por­tu­nity, so tak­ing time to get it done right is im­por­tant. Con­tin­u­ing to di­a­logue as the leg­is­la­tion is be­ing built is ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to iden­tify risks and op­por­tu­ni­ties within a new gov­er­nance model of em­pow­er­ment and their abil­ity to re­source those obli­ga­tions.”

He­len Rice, Out­go­ing Pres­i­dent, Al­berta Ur­ban Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties As­so­ci­a­tion

The gov­ern­ment will in­tro­duce the up­dated MGA in the Leg­is­la­ture in spring 2016. Mu­nic­i­pal part­ners, com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, small busi­nesses, industry, and Al­ber­tans will all have an op­por­tu­nity to re­view the pro­posed amend­ments and pro­vide feed­back for sev­eral months be­fore the Leg­is­la­ture will com­plete de­bate of the bill dur­ing the fall sit­ting. All changes to the MGA, in­clud­ing reg­u­la­tions, will be pro­claimed be­fore mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions in fall 2017.

“The Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment Act is the guid­ing leg­is­la­tion for all of Al­berta’s mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. The AAMDC has ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to col­lab­o­rate with the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta and mu­nic­i­pal part­ners to re­view the MGA and have a frank dis­cus­sion about the role of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the prov­ince. I am con­fi­dent that the re­vised MGA will al­low all mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, through lo­cal de­ci­sion mak­ing, to grow sus­tain­ably, work to­gether, and be in­no­va­tive in meet­ing the needs of Al­ber­tans.”

Al Kem­mere, Pres­i­dent, Al­berta As­so­ci­a­tion of Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­tricts and Coun­ties

“I am pleased that the new gov­ern­ment has made this firm com­mit­ment to pass a re­vised MGA in 2016. Af­ter years of con­sul­ta­tion, it’s good to see ac­tion on this im­por­tant file.”

Na­heed Nen­shi, Mayor, City of Calgary

“The City of Ed­mon­ton looks for­ward to the com­ple­tion of a mod­ern­ized Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment Act, which can com­ple­ment the City Char­ter, and wel­comes con­tin­ued op­por­tu­ni­ties to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment and re­view process.”

Don Ive­son, Mayor, City of Ed­mon­ton

The up­dated MGA will ad­dress out­stand­ing is­sues and aim to achieve the fol­low­ing for Al­berta mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties:

• Strength­ened pro­vin­cial-mu­nic­i­pal re­la­tions.

• Greater re­gional col­lab­o­ra­tion.

• More sus­tain­able and

in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment.

• Fur­ther re­spon­si­bil­ity for land use and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion.

• in­creased fair­ness and con­sis­tency for Al­berta tax­pay­ers.

The MGA came into force in 1995. The cur­rent MGA re­view be­gan in 2012. Con­sul­ta­tion has been com­pre­hen­sive, in­volv­ing in­put from more than 1,200 writ­ten sub­mis­sions, ap­prox­i­mately 1,500 peo­ple at 77 com­mu­nity meet­ings, and 15 months of in­ten­sive pol­icy dis­cus­sions with mu­nic­i­pal and industry rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

In Spring 2015, the Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment Amend­ment Act (known as Bill 20) was passed in the Leg­is­la­ture. It cov­ered items that re­ceived con­sen­sus from mu­nic­i­pal and industry rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Out­stand­ing is­sues that will be dis­cussed and re­solved in the com­ing months in­clude, prop­erty as­sess­ment, tax­a­tion pow­ers, af­ford­able hous­ing, land ded­i­ca­tion, off­site levies, ap­peal boards, and en­force­ment.

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