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Course Description

This week-long 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. 

The class will introduce participants to Alberta’s municipal government planning and development law and practice.  Municipal planning and development practice require knowledge of the interconnectedness of provincial policies, laws, regulations, codes of practice and best management practice (BMP) guidelines. Recent amendments to the Municipal Government Act have introduced new voluntary and mandatory institutional directives to manage growth, and develop, maintain and fund intermunicipal services and facilities.  These new provisions also require land use planning and development practices to comply with a number of provincial regional land use outcomes. Participants will explore how these amendments are being addressed by municipalities in the Calgary Metropolitan Area. 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 the course, without having to complete any assignments. Participation in the daily quizzes is optional. Professionals can use this course towards their required continuing education units. 

There are five themes:

  1. The Municipal Government Act and regulations
  2. Growth planning and collaboration
  3. Applying for a development permit
  4. Applying for a subdivision approval
  5. Subdivision applications and environmental reserves

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.
  • Describe and compare recent amendments to the Municipal Government Act that have introduced new voluntary and mandatory institutional arrangements to manage growth, and develop, maintain and fund inter-municipal services and facilities through inter-municipal planning and collaboration.
  • Summarize and explain subdivision applications with a focus on environmental reserves.
  • Prepare and develop a municipal development permit application for submission.
  • Apply for a subdivision approval.
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