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From advocating on evolving legislation to well-managed boards, we take a structured and strategic approach to change.

​Scroll through the categories below to learn more about our Goverance-related Programs & Initiatives. 

Smart Communities

Smart Communities                                                                                      

The world is evolving - society has become increasingly digital, mobile, and connected. More than ever, communities need to ensure they manage critical infrastructure effectively, deliver services efficiently, collaborate freely, and analyze data for local benefit.

Municipal Government Act

Analysis and advocacy related to the Municipal Government Act (MGA) is a key priority for the AUMA, as the MGA governs the way that municipalities plan, manage, and pay for services for their residents. AUMA is a leading voice in advocating for changes to the Act that benefit and empower municipalities.   AUMA also provides input on the development of associated regulations and develops resources to assist with change management.

Achieving cultural and aesthetic objectives

Cultural objectives relate to the artistic and recreational assets of a community, reflecting its shared values, diverse traditions, customs, heritage, identity, and history. Land use planning can have a significant impact on the culture of a community affecting its attractiveness and how its residents interact. Municipalities are increasingly considering cultural aspects of planning and using a variety of tools to achieve cultural objectives. 

Achieving social objectives


Affordable housing is the most frequent social target for land use plans and bylaws. A minimum approach might be to review the land use bylaw to remove impediments to low cost housing alternatives such as basement suites and modular homes by making these permitted or discretionary in more districts. Some municipalities have developed selective incentives to facilitate particular housing objectives. An example from the City of Edmonton is the provision of grants for upgrading secondary suites to increase safe affordable housing options.

Planning approvals and appeals

The approval process

The planning, subdivision and development processes allow private aspirations for the use of land to be considered within the context of the municipal vision and rules for development and they also must provide opportunities for the public to be heard.

There are essentially three steps to consider:


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