UDI Alberta Responds to Bill 21 – Modernized MGA

UDI ALBERTA RESPONDS TO
AMENDMENTS PROPOSED UNDER
BILL 21 – THE MODERNIZED MGA

For nearly four years, UDI Alberta has worked closely with the provincial government to review the Municipal Government Act and to recommend thoughtful, fair, and measured amendments to ensure that housing remains affordable and to ensure that Alberta remains a competitive place to do business. This work has included the Minister’s Symposium on Alternative Methods of Financing, meetings with government and non-government MLAs, direct industry advocacy, stakeholder and task force meetings, and public and stakeholder consultations. Most recently, representatives from UDI Alberta and CHBA-AB have dedicated hundreds of hours to focus group meetings with Municipal Affairs, representatives from municipalities, and industry stakeholders.

On May 31, Honourable Danielle Larivee, Minister of Municipal Affairs, tabled her department’s Bill 21, the Modernized Municipal Government Act.

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In response to the amendments proposed, UDI Alberta has prepared a preliminary analysis outlining our concerns with the new Act and highlighting some of the areas where we feel the government took steps to improve opportunities for development and growth.

There is still much work ahead.

We will conduct a full, comprehensive analysis of every aspect of the new legislation and seek an expert interpretation on items related to offsite levies, inclusionary zoning, environmental reserve, conservation reserve and approval timelines.

Bill 21 attempts to enable strategic policy aimed at providing municipalities with the tools needed to grow. This is a commendable effort and we support government’s work in this regard. Many of the amendments will assist development in our province. However, many amendments do not go far enough to provide clarity and ensure accountability.

As we move forward, it is critical that industry be involved in further dialogue, discussion and debate. We must be at the table as the regulations are developed and as government sets out specific criteria for items related to offsite levies, affordable housing and inclusionary zoning, the definition of environmental reserve and conservation reserve, and timelines associated with development approvals.

UDI Alberta will push for an opportunity to be involved in the development of the regulations and we will continue to recommend that we be involved in the implementation of new policy.

On July 6 we will meet with Minister Larivee to discuss our concerns and provide comprehensive feedback.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW MGA
To support and assist our industry in understanding the new legislation and ensure that you are well-informed in order to advocate for our positions, UDI Alberta is hosting special member MGA legislation information sessions.

EDMONTON
JUNE 10 @ 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
RED DEER
JUNE 15 @ 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
GRANDE PRAIRIE
JUNE 22 @ 11:30 – 2:00 PM
MEDICINE HAT
JULY 11 @ 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
LETHBRIDGE
JULY 12 @ 11:30 – 2:00 PM

These 2.5 hour sessions will offer attendees an in-depth look at the new legislation, implementation of the legislation and regulations, an understanding of the policy shifts, and will include a question and answer period.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The Municipal Government Act is the legislative framework that provides a governance model for Alberta’s cities, towns, villages, municipal districts, specialized municipalities, and other forms of local government. Its application affects developers, builders, trades, engineers, planners, designers, and any stakeholders involved in the building of Alberta.Attendees should include:

Developers and development professionals
Home builders
Engineers
Planners
Trades

HOW TO ATTEND
The events are FREE for UDI Alberta and CHBA Alberta members, but space will be limited, so registration for each location is required.

Specific information on event location will be provided to you after you register for your chosen event.

If you have questions regarding registering for an event, please email Tracey Hill, UDI Alberta Executive Director.

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