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

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

Municipal land use planning is one of many activities for which the municipality is responsible. These activities all influence the style of land use planning and the specifics of the plans that are created. The figure below partially illustrates this relationship.

It is important to keep this context in mind when assessing or developing the tools and procedures for a specific municipality.

Intermunicipal Planning

Intermunicipal planning and collaboration is a major theme of the recent amendments to the Municipal Government Act. Prior to these amendments, except for the Capital Region Board, intermunicipal planning and collaboration was entirely voluntary. Municipalities were only required to consider adjacent municipalities in their planning. Formal arrangements were left to each municipality.


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