Monday, 9 January 2012

Property Rights Task Force

During her campaign, Premier Redford made a promise to Albertans to revisit the controversial Alberta Land Stewardship Act, particularly as it refers to the rights of landowners and an appeal mechanism -- or lack of. A series of public meetings are proposed to be held across the Province.  There is also an opportunity to participate in an on-line survey.
Late last year, I undertook an informal survey of planners and development officers across the Province. It was rather dismaying to discover that many were not aware of ALSA; others gave it no regard whatsoever in making their planning recommendations.  While some considered it a valuable asset and high-level decision-making tool, still others felt it accomplished absolutely nothing.  Which one is it?