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.
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.
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.
JUNE 10 @ 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
JUNE 15 @ 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
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.
Developers and development professionals
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.