Mayor Bill Given is skeptical about how beneficial some of the proposed changes to the Municipal Government Act will be for local government.
Given says some of the changes raise red flags.
“There’s one requirement that municipal area structural plans within a 1.6 kilometer distance of a provincial highway would need to be approved or reviewed by the Minister (of Transportation). The intent of that needs to be clarified because that could add a substantial burden to municipalities in terms of having to go to the provincial government to get area structure plans approved.”
He adds, in many areas outlined in the proposal, there are a lot of details needed to be observed more closely.
“Many of the changes proposed are allottable and interesting, some of them are unclear on how they will be applied on a rational basis… in many areas there is a significant amount of detail that is left out of the legislation and that we won’t see until it comes up in ministerial regulations.”
The proposed revisions come after government officials travelled to 20 communities across the province and heard from more than 2,400 Albertans during 21 public sessions about the MGA.