Are you inclined to legislate the CMP in its amended form?
Answer: A Wildrose Government will:
- Repeal Bill 36, Alberta Land Stewardship Act (2009), which takes away the power and autonomy of locally elected and accountable municipal councils and authorizes the Provincial Cabinet to impose “regional plans” on local municipalities and private landowners. This draconian legislation allows the Provincial Cabinet to rescind and modify existing private property rights held under approvals, leases, licences and permits with limited or no compensation, and with limited appeal.
- Establish regional planning under the Municipal Government Act so as to create and empower regional planning commissions composed of representatives from locally elected and accountable municipal councils, to prepare and adopt, after due public consultation, a regional plan for land use for the region, leaving detailed planning and regulation to local governments to be effected through local and sub-regional plans and land use bylaws.
- Provide guidelines to regional planning commissions and local municipalities on land use objectives for the Province of Alberta so as to ensure the orderly development of land and the protection of watershed, environmental sensitive, agricultural and recreational lands for the benefit of all Albertans, while respecting private property rights.
- The existing body of work of the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) for the South Saskatchewan River Basin and of the participants in the Calgary Metropolitan Plan is highly valuable and will significantly assist the proposed regional planning commission composed of representatives from locally elected and accountable municipal councils within the South Saskatchewan River Basin to prepare and adopt, after full and proper public consultation, a sustainable regional plan, and allow local municipalities to voluntarily seek agreement on land use and planning issues on a sub-regional basis.