The AAMDC is pleased to announce the release of Got Gravel? Strategies to Secure Gravel for Rural Municipalities and the supporting Technical Report. Aggregate is a non-renewable resource that is required by municipalities, industry and provincial government to meet various infrastructure needs. Got Gravel? includes five recommendations which build in promoting a more equitable process for accessing aggregate resources.
The five recommendations address:
- Policy amendments to include referrals to rural municipalities be conducted earlier in the allocation process.
- Developing procedures for prioritizing rural municipal aggregate needs within land management systems and allocate aggregate to rural municipalities within the intent of existing provincial legislation.
- Components rural municipalities should consider, such as conducting a cost benefit analysis and understanding environmental management costs and liability, to determine if acquiring and operating a pit are suitable in the long-term.
- The need for rural municipal participation in regional planning processes through the Land-use Framework to raise awareness of aggregate needs, support future growth and develop strategies to ensure economical supply of aggregate for future public works purposes.
- The role the Government of Alberta can play in the development of a consistent bylaw framework for aggregate related development permit application requirements in an effort to reduce duplication between provincial approvals and development permit approvals.
Got Gravel? also includes a summary of policy and legislation that currently guides aggregate exploration, reclamation and the acquisition and operation of a gravel pit. The Technical Report includes a detailed analysis and mapping of resources located within each of the seven regions of the Land-use Framework which is intended to be used a resource tool to aid in access and promote long-term planning.
With the support of the AAMDC membership through the endorsement of resolution 3-13F at the Fall 2013 Convention, the AAMDC will advocate on the recommendations outlined in Got Gravel moving forward.
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