Municipalities and Environmental Assessment: Primer and Model Bylaw


Municipalities and Environmental Assessment: Primer and Model EA Bylaw

Alberta’s Municipalities and Environmental Assessment: A Primer and Model Bylaw for Alberta’s Municipalities

The Issue / Idea

“Through regulation of private land uses and through local land use planning, municipalities play an essential role in the management and protection of Alberta’s environment. Environmental assessment is a tool that enables better decision-making considering environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts of proposed land uses.”

The Project

To enable municipalities to implement effective environmental assessment (EA) processes, the Environmental Law Centre developed a Model EA Bylaw. The Model EA Bylaw is accompanied by a primer which provides relevant background information.

The Model EA Bylaw provides a template for a municipal EA bylaw along with explanatory annotations. The template includes provisions addressing:

  1. objectives/purposes,
  2. application of the bylaw,
  3. process,
  4. prohibitions, and
  5. definitions.

The companion primer provides background information on:

  1. municipal authority over environmental matters,
  2. municipalities and EA, and
  3. the elements of a municipal EA bylaw.

EA Primer and Model EA Bylaw

Coming soon!


This project was undertaken by

The Environmental Law Centre

Project budget

The funding required to complete this project was



Development of the primer and model bylaw began in the Fall of 2016 and due to be completed in

October 2017


Max Bell Foundation

Anonymous Foundation