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Subdivision and Development Appeal Board update and training options

March 13, 2019

AUMA and RMA are seeking solutions to help municipalities meet the new Municipal Government Act requirements for Subdivision and Development Appeal Boards to receive training.  

SDAB Training requirements

Municipal Affairs has provided some clarification on what is needed to meet the requirements:

  • Municipalities may utilize internal or external subject matter experts, provided the training is based on legislation and the approved curriculum developed by Municipal Affairs.   The Ministry ’s training material is publicly available for use by all municipalities.
  • It is the responsibility of the municipality to confirm that the instructors have the necessary expertise to deliver the curriculum and answer questions from trainees. 
  • Instructors must design an assessment of learning to be administered at the end of the training program in accordance with the Ministerial Order on SDAB Training Curriculum.
  • Instructors must report the completion of the written assessment to the municipality’s Chief Administrative Officer.  The CAO is then responsible to report to Municipal Affairs in accordance with the Ministerial Order on SDAB Training Reporting. Reporting will be through the annual Statistical Information Return (SIR). 
  • Training requirements come into force for all municipalities on April 1, 2019

Contact Municipal Affair’s planning unit for more information: 780-427-2225

Regional Approach

Municipal Affairs also encourages municipalities to pursue regional options for delivering SDAB services.  There are a few success stories where municipalities have collaborated to share SDABs, achieving reductions in training cost and providing a more regular caseload for the shared SDAB.  For example, Parkland Community Planning Services established an SDAB in January, which has over 20 municipalities participating and is open to having more join. Contact Craig Teal, Director for more information.   The Oldman River Regional Services Commission is in the process of establishing a regional SDAB for some of their members and the Mackenzie Municipal Services Agency is the in the process of establishing an SDAB that will be open to all municipalities in the region to join.

In person workshop

Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer is hosting a Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) training workshop March 21 in Edmonton.  Registration is available an individual registration rate of $175.

AUMA and RMA continue to raise the need for an online training option to fulfill the ongoing training needs of SDABs.