The Municipal Government Act (MGA) is the law under which all Alberta municipalities are empowered to shape their communities. One of the key functions of any municipal legislation is its ability to allow a given municipality to make and implement decisions concerning planning and development within its borders. These decisions can have a direct impact on the environment.
The Government of Alberta is currently in the process of reviewing the MGA with a view to amending it, and wants public input.
So, why is pubic input important?
The MGA sets out local laws pertaining to governance, taxation, property tax and assessments. On the environmental side of things, the MGA addresses land use planning, land use decisions/appeal processes, and environmental considerations. Southern Albertans should have plenty to say about land use and land use planning in the wake of the June 2013 floods.
To date, the Province has already heard from Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Vermillion. Additional in-person consultations are as follows:
Lethbridge: February 26-28, 2014
Edson: March 5-7, 2014
Red Deer: March 12-14, 2014
Brooks: March 26-28, 2014
Grande Prairie: April 2-4, 2014
Calgary: April 9-11, 2014
In addition to in-person consultations, the public can also complete surveys and workbooks at http://mgareview.alberta.ca. You can also learn more about the public consultation at the same site.
By James Early.