With the support of Municipal Affairs, AUMA and AAMDC are collaborating to develop change management resources to support municipalities in implementing new requirements under the revised Municipal Government Act (MGA).
Based on input from members, the first tools that AUMA and AAMDC have developed focus on new intermunicipal collaboration, code of conduct and public participation requirements.
All municipalities that share a common boundary must adopt Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) bylaws by April 1, 2020. Only municipalities that are part of a Grown Management Board, which develops plans that meet ICF requirements, are exempt.
The Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Workbook was developed to help municipalities develop ICFs with their neighbouring municipalities. It provides tools and information-based resources to inform municipal processes, decision making and implementation related to ICFs.
The workbook also includes a number of tools that are available to download as separate word documents to adapt to your municipality’s needs:
- TOOL A – Individual Municipal Preparation
- TOOL B – Services Inventory Development
- TOOL C – Intermunicipal Preparation
- TOOL D – Sample ICF Terms of Reference
- TOOL E – ICF Services Summary
- TOOL F – Dispute Resolution Processes Requirements Checklist
- TOOL G – IDP Requirements Checklist
The revised Municipal Government Act (MGA) requires municipalities to adopt a code of conduct bylaw by July 23, 2018.
The Councillor Codes of Conduct: A Guide for Municipalities explains the new requirements and what municipalities should consider in meeting those requirements. It includes a Councillor Codes of Conduct Bylaw Template, which can be downloaded and tailored to the specific needs of your municipality.
The revised MGA requires municipalities to establish a public participation policy by July 23, 2018, which sets out how a municipality will engage with the public. In addition, municipalities are now able to amend their processes for advertising statutory notices by bylaw to suit their communities’ needs, whereas requirements for public notification were previously set out in the MGA.
The Public Participation Policies and Public Notification: A Guide for Municipalities includes a Public Participation Policy Template and a Public Notification Bylaw Template, which you can adapt for your municipality.
Training Available for Subdivision and Development Appeal Boards (SDAB)
Recent changes of the MGA include a requirement for SDAB members and clerks to undergo mandatory training based on a standard program to be approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs. SDAB training will ensure that hearing practices are consistent across the province, and board members have a comprehensive understanding of their role and the appeal process.
The below is a listing of SDAB training sessions that are being offered by the province. Municipal Affairs has developed a brochure with information on registration for each of the locations.
- SDAB Training for Clerks – Okotoks: July 10, 2018
- SDAB Training for Members – Okotoks: July 11, 2018
- SDAB Training for Clerks – St Paul: July 16, 2018
- SDAB Training for Members – Grande Prairie: July 19, 2018
- SDAB Training for Clerks – Edmonton: July 23, 2018
- SDAB Training for Members – Edmonton: July 24, 2018
- SDAB Training for Clerks – Calgary: July 30, 2018
- SDAB Training for Members – Calgary: July 31, 2018
- SDAB Training for Clerks – Red Deer: September 11, 2018
- SDAB Training for Members – Red Deer: September 12, 2018
With the support of Municipal Affairs, AUMA and RMA are working with other partners to offer additional courses this fall. More information will be shared in future editions of Digest.
Questions regarding the SDAB training and curriculum can be directed to a Municipal Affairs Planning Advisor at 780-427-2225.
Implementation Fact Sheets
In addition to these tools, Municipal Affairs sought input from AUMA and AAMDC on a series of Implementation Fact Sheets for each of the main policy changes in the new act, which explain what has changed and what municipalities need to do and when the change needs to be implemented. More information on change management resources the Ministry is developing can be found on its MGA Change Management Webpage, including a legislative checklist that outlines all changes to the MGA, and lists when new requirements under the Act need to be completed.
In the spring of 2018, AUMA and AAMDC will be engaging municipalities in determining further tools and resources that are required to support the MGA Change Management Process. Stay tuned for more details.