Municipal Governance Reform and Land-Use Planning in Alberta


This one-year research project examines how rural municipal governance in Alberta can be reformed to better support local ability to conform with the planning objectives set down by Alberta’s Land Use Framework. The project assesses the current governance framework for land use planning in Alberta, and identifying potential gaps within Alberta’s current land-use governance structure.

The researchers examine other jurisdictions’ models for provincial-municipal relations and regional land use planning, and consider  the relevance of those models to the Alberta context. Finally, the researchers seek to identify what types of legislative or regulatory changes could assist in clearly defining the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders involved in the ongoing implementation of Alberta’s Land Use Framework.  

Note: this work was initiated before the announcement of changes to Alberta’s Municipal Government Act.