November 23, 2016

Realities of Regional Planning: ALI Panel at AAMDC Fall Convention

What will new regional planning requirements mean for some of Alberta’s smallest communities? How will changes to the Municipal Government Act influence the relationships between the province’s municipalities? Those questions were among many asked last week at the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) fall convention in Edmonton. Continuing its mission to connect research…

November 2, 2016

Drivers of Land Use Change: New Paper from ALI Researchers

Does proximity to a well-developed road network correspond with changes to the way land is used? Does the presence of an irrigation system encourage agricultural producers to keep land in production, or change what they use their land for? The factors driving land use change in Alberta continue to be one of the focuses of ALI's research, and as part of their work on the three-year project Systems…

October 11, 2016

Dr. Eran Kaplinsky comments on proposed city charters

The Government of Alberta has recently presented plans to provide the cities of Edmonton and Calgary with city charters, granting them governing abilities unique among municipalities in Alberta. The proposed new powers are currently being shared with the public as part of an engagement process, and the charters are expected to be drafted during the winter of 2016-2017. For information on the government's…

September 6, 2016

ALI Panel at the AAMDC Fall Convention

Regional and municipal planning in Alberta is set to change this fall, as the provincial government seeks to implement its new Modernized Municipal Government Act (MGA) –– the first revision of municipal government legislation since 1995. Among the changes proposed within the amended act are new requirements for regional planning, and coordination with the Land Use Framework. These requirements…

August 15, 2016

Publishing Their Work: Two Graduate Students Publish About their ALI Research

One of ALI's priorities is to help train a new generation of researchers in disciplines related to land use planning. Numerous articles have been published by graduate students involved in our projects so far, and this summer, two more students have seen their work accepted by academic journals. Marie–Ève Jean was part of the University of Alberta's Civil Engineering Masters program when she joined…