Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta's Redford Slams Brakes on Bill to Take Control of Regional Planning

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta's Redford Slams Brakes on Bill to Take Control of Regional Planning

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Alberta slams brakes on municipal planning bill


EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Alison Redford slammed the brakes Thursday on a provincewide regional planning bill amid concerns it would gut local authority and give her government absolute control.

Redford said the bill, which had been moving through the house at breakneck speed since Tuesday, will not be acted upon further until her officials hear more from municipal leaders.

"We believe that this (bill) will modernize the relationship between the provincial government and municipal leaders," Redford said outside Government House, where she met with her caucus.

"Now that it has been introduced into the house we know that it's important to consult with municipal leaders.

"We're going to make sure that the legislation that we put in place meets the objectives that rural and large municipalities have to keep building the province."

The controversy is over a proposal to expand throughout the province work that is being done by the regional planning commission in the Edmonton area.

The legislation would give the province power to set up regional growth boards, appoint board members, set board mandates and have the final say on all decisions.

Elected local leaders who didn't work with the boards by filing all requested documentation would face a $10,000 fine or a year in jail.

Opposition critics said such a law would effectively sideline municipalities and make their leaders little more than the province's puppets.

They also said the bill was being rammed through the legislature with little to no chance for input.

The legislation was not signalled Monday by Redford in a speech outlining her priorities during the fall sitting. It was introduced by Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths in the house Tuesday night. Thirty hours later, it passed second reading in a late-night legislature sitting that didn't end until almost 2 a. …

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