CHBA – Alberta has prepared a summary of the amendments to the MGA proposed in Bill 21, with a focus on issues specific to our industry.
Members can also download the MGA Tool Kit for tips on how to have their voice heard on the proposed changes. Members are encouraged to ask questions of their local MLAs about the impact of the new MGA on their business and customers. Your Association representatives will also be engaging with political leaders, attending town hall sessions, and providing feedback through a variety of channels. Information will be posted to our website and communicated to Members.
While it is important to be realistic about the extent to which Bill 21 can be changed prior to its approval by the government in November, CHBA – Alberta will be advocating for some improvements. Discussions over the summer will also set the stage for consultations about the regulations to implement Bill 21. In many cases, the way the regulations are written will make a big difference in the impact on industry and home buyers.
Bill 21 includes changes that will be positive for industry and Albertans. Expanding the mandate of the Alberta Ombudsman to include oversight of municipalities will encourage accountability. Proposals on Environmental Reserves also appear to reflect industry input but will need further clarification and attention as it relates to implementation. Areas such as new development levies and inclusionary housing initiatives, will require close attention because of the potential impact on housing affordability. If the process of drafting regulations in these areas is done well, these potential concerns could turn into positives as well.
Scott Fash, CHBA – Alberta Planning & Development Lead, will be collecting questions and comments from Members. Please email him with your input.
The government plans to approve the final version of Bill 21 in November of this year. Consultations on the extensive accompanying regulations would then begin with business, industry and municipalities with the goal of having the changes in place in time for municipal elections in the fall of 2017. The regulations will determine the detail for nearly all policy areas impacted by this legislation.
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