Under the Police Act, the Alberta government is responsible for providing police services for those municipalities with populations of 5,000 or less, and to all municipal districts and counties, at no direct cost to them. The province meets this obligation by contracting for the services of the RCMP to deliver police services to these municipalities, through the Provincial Police Service Agreement (PPSA), signed between the Alberta and federal governments.
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Urban municipalities with populations over 5,000 have three options for providing police services in their communities:
Land use planning webinar series
AUMA has partnered with the Land Use Secretariat to host a land use planning webinar series to provide the opportunity for municipalities to learn more about and discuss the Land Use Framework and related policies and strategies. Information on upcoming webinars is available on AUMA’s events page.
The extent to which councils undertake actions to implement a plan generally reflects the attitude towards the role of government and the role of the private sector. Some take the view that development is a private matter and that the plan should rely on the private market to determine whether particular goals can be achieved. Others believe that the market sometimes needs a push. There are a variety of tools and techniques that can be used to leverage planning outcomes.
Most development in Alberta is carried out by private land owners on private property. This may be a homeowner applying to renovate his or her home or build a garage or a development company proposing to subdivide a large parcel of land for housing and commercial development.
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.
There are several limitations on municipal planning authority as noted below.
Federal government lands and undertakings are exempt from municipal planning authority. Examples include:
The Municipal Government Act (MGA) provides municipalities with planning authority and several key tools to successfully enact municipal plans and bylaws.
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.