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AAMDC Releases Got Gravel? Strategies to Secure Gravel for Rural Municipalities

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.

Enquiries may be directed to:

Tasha Blumenthal
Policy Analyst
780.955.4094

Kim Heyman
Director of Advocacy & Communications
780.955.4079

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