The AAMDC has continued to work diligently on your behalf regarding Bill 28. We are pleased that our advocacy efforts on the minister’s task force have resulted in substantive amendments to the bill. At this point, and through consultation with you, we are confident that the proposed amendments address your concerns. As a result we were able to sign off on the negotiated changes.
Details of the revised bill are now available in the Government of Alberta’s November 28, 2013 new release available here. As expected, the revised bill includes the following changes:
- Wording to explicitly clarify that the establishment of new Growth Management Boards is voluntary.
- Enforcement provisions to be amended to ensure penalties are focused on organizations rather than individuals, and on fines, rather than imprisonment.
- Require Growth Management Boards to develop and implement an appeal /dispute resolution process.
- Require Growth Management Board annual reports to be tabled in the Legislature.
Thank you for your active engagement in this timely initiative. The AAMDC appreciates and depends on member involvement to ensure we continue to be the rural voice in Alberta. The AAMDC prides itself on having an effective working relationship with the government and, as such, we appreciate the Minister’s willingness to hear our concerns and come to a satisfactory resolution. Our long-standing method of collaborative, open dialogue with a view to solutions-based outcomes surely facilitated the “win” on this piece of legislation.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact any of the AAMDC task force representatives noted below.