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Recent Changes to the Municipal Government Act that Affect all Municipalities
On October 26, 2017 the Province of Alberta approved a number of amendments to the Municipal Government Act including a requirement for all municipalities in the province that share a common boundary to develop and have in place an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) and an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) by the spring of 2020. Neighbouring municipalities that have an existing IDP will also have to update the plan in order to comply with the new regulations.
As a result Red Deer County is currently working with all its neighbouring municipalities to develop these documents, where necessary, in accordance with Provincial requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF)?
Municipalities with a common border are required to create an ICF with each other within two years of the provincial regulations coming into effect. ICFs will address the sharing of services on an intermunicipal basis. The Provincial ICF Regulations outline the requirements with respect to how municipalities deal with among other things: exemptions; duties; alignment of other bylaws; the arbitration process for creating frameworks; the dispute resolution process; and judicial review.
What is an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP)?
The purpose of an IDP is to provide neighbouring municipalities with a high level, comprehensive long range land use plan for lands adjacent to a municipality village, town or city. IDPs provide joint policy direction for proposals for future development; transportation systems; intermunicipal infrastructure; environmental matters; coordination of intermunicipal programs related to physical, social and economic development; dispute resolution; and procedures to amend the plan.
Why? All neighbouring municipalities must approve an IDP and ICF in accordance with the Alberta Government requirement outlined in the Municipal Government Act (ICF Regulations (AR 191/2017) Part 17.2).
When? Regulations requiring ICFs and IDPs come into effect April 1, 2018 and are required to be completed by April 1, 2020.
Red Deer County is currently working with the Village of Delburne to develop an ICF and IDP as required by the Province. A public information/input session will be scheduled in early spring (March or April) of 2018 and will be advertised by the Village of Delburne and the Red Deer County in the County News and on its website and social media sites.
For more information on this initiative contact the Red Deer County Office at 403-350-2170