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Governance

How we plan

This chapter looks more closely at the role of council in achieving planning outcomes. The chapter begins by looking at the role of council in land use planning decisions before introducing tools and actions to support planning goals. The chapter concludes with an examination of some current land use planning issues.

Who does municipal planning?

As a councillor it is important to have a clear understanding of the role of council and the various planning authorities it establishes to carry out municipal planning responsibilities.  It is also important for councillors to anticipate some of the challenges they will face as councillors in dealing with planning matters. 

Land use planning tools in the Municipal Government Act

The Municipal Government Act (MGA) provides municipalities with planning authority and several key tools to successfully enact municipal plans and bylaws.

Subdivision approval

A person wishing to divide a parcel of land into two or more parcels must apply for subdivision approval from the municipality in which the land is located. A municipality may approve the application, with or without conditions, or may refuse the application.

Municipal land use planning

The authority for municipal land use planning is set out in Part 17 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA). Part 17 provides for the preparation and adoption of plans, subdivision and development approval, and a variety of tools through which municipalities can achieve land use planning objectives. These regulatory provisions, however, do not cover the entire range of plans municipalities undertake. A brief discussion of plans prepared outside the authority of the MGA is included in this section for reference.

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