For Immediate Release:
November 22, 2016
MEDIA NOTICE: AAMDC Reacts to House Amendments on Bill 21: Modernized Municipal Government Act
Nisku, AB — The Municipal Government Act (MGA) an integral piece of legislation and impacts the lives of nearly every Albertan on a daily basis. The Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) has been a continuous partner in the review of the Municipal Government Act and welcomes a number of key amendments to Bill 21: Modernized Municipal Government Act, which were tabled in the Alberta Legislature on November 22, 2016.
“The amendments introduced today reflect a number of important changes that rural municipalities have communicated to the Government of Alberta through the MGA review process; however, there are a number of issues that the AAMDC will continue to seek further changes on.” – Al Kemmere, AAMDC President
As a representative of Alberta’s rural municipalizes, the AAMDC has advocated on behalf of rural municipal interests and is pleased to see a number of amendments that are directly reflective of the AAMDC’s positions including the removal of the 30% benefit threshold for the application of off-site levies on community infrastructure such as fire halls, police stations, and libraries.
The AAMDC does have some reservations about a number of the changes including further restrictions on the appointment of elected councillors to boards that review and hear appeals related to planning and development and property assessments. The AAMDC is also concerned that the timelines for the development of intermunicipal collaborative frameworks (ICFs) are not sufficient given the magnitude of negotiating agreements between every bordering municipality in the province.
“The AAMDC remains concerned that the timelines required for municipalities to negotiate inter-municipal agreements are far too tight and will put rural municipalities under considerable strain to abide by the legislation as currently written,” – Al Kemmere, AAMDC President
“Overall, the amendments tabled today will not change the AAMDC’s approach to the review of the MGA. We will continue to work with the Government of Alberta to advance the interests of rural municipalities and rural communities. As the host of much of Alberta’s industrial development and primary industries, rural municipalities must have the tools to stimulate growth and prosperity while providing key services to rural residents and businesses.” – Al Kemmere, AAMDC President
The AAMDC would like to thank the Government of Alberta for their continued engagement with our association.
The AAMDC is an independent association comprising Alberta’s 69 counties and municipal districts. The AAMDC empowers its members through proactive leadership, strategic partnerships, effective advocacy and collective business services. For more information, visit AAMDC.com.