Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Citizens encouraged to provide input for Municipal Government Act review

The Government of Alberta is undertaking a review of the most important piece of legislation for municipalities – the Municipal Government Act (MGA). The MGA outlines how every municipality in Alberta operates, how municipal councils function, how municipalities serve citizens, and how citizens work with their municipalities.

This review will focus on three main areas:
• Governance and Administration
• Planning and Development
• Assessment and Taxation

Although the MGA has been previously amended in response to new trends and issues, this is the first comprehensive review of the legislation since 1995. Since then, Calgary has grown tremendously and now faces a variety of challenges and opportunities that didn’t exist before. The goal of this review is to ensure modern and effective legislation is in place for municipalities, citizens and businesses in Alberta.

The City of Calgary will participate in the MGA review and the Government of Alberta’s consultations being held in Calgary from April 9 to 11.

Calgarians are also encouraged to participate in this important process.
To provide your input in person, attend the public open house on April 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Calgary (6620 36 Street N.E.).

Visit the MGA review website to register for the open house session, or find other ways to get involved online. Registration preferred, although not mandatory, for the open house.

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