Recent changes to the Municipal Government Act (MGA) include a requirement for Subdivision and Appeal Board (SDAB) members and clerks to undergo mandatory training based on a standard program developed by Municipal Affairs before April 1, 2019.
Municipal Affairs hosted SDAB training courses in five locations over the summer, which were vastly oversubscribed. Based on this demand for training, AUMA and the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) pooled grant funding received from Municipal Affairs for MGA Change Management projects to offer courses in an additional eleven locations. Many of these courses are being offered in partnership with local municipalities, who applied to co-host sessions through an open application process.
At this point in the project, there are no future workshop rounds planned.
AUMA has raised the need for further assistance to meet the new MGA requirements for SDAB training with Municipal Affairs. Municipalities may also want to consider forming a regional SDAB as some municipalities may not require a stand-alone SDAB, and a regional SDAB may improve efficiency for all municipalities involved.