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Course Description

This short masterclass will enable lawyers, planners, municipal administrators and professionals in other fields to understand the complexities of the current municipal planning policy and regulatory system. 


Municipal planning and development practice require knowledge of the interconnectedness of many provincial policies, laws, regulations, codes of practice and best management practice (BMP) guidelines. The course will introduce participants to Alberta’s municipal government planning and development law and practice. Guest lecturer Judy Stewart is a Barrister & Solicitor and holds her PhD in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. A teacher before becoming a lawyer, Judy Stewart practices law in Cochrane, Alberta, primarily in municipal and water law. Judy completed her Master of Laws at the University of Calgary in 2009.  Her doctoral research undertook designing a reflexive legal framework for bridging organizations in regional environmental governance. Judy was on Cochrane town council-6 years as a councillor, and 3 years as mayor. She is an avid volunteer on local, regional and provincial watershed stewardship groups.


Continuing Education students will participate alongside University of Calgary graduate students for a portion of the course, without having to complete any assignments. Participation in the daily quizzes is optional. Professionals can use this masterclass towards their required continuing education credits. 

Course Details

Upon completion of this masterclass, successful students will be able to:

  • Break down and interpret Part 17 of the Municipal Government Act and the Subdivision and Development Regulation;
  • Prepare a municipal development permit application for submission
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