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. While Environmental assessment is a tool that enables better decision-making considering environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts of proposed land uses, municipalities may need support in developing supporting bylaws.
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:
- application of the bylaw,
- prohibitions, and
The companion primer provides background information on:
- municipal authority over environmental matters,
- municipalities and EA, and
- the elements of a municipal EA bylaw.
Municipal Environmental Assessment: A Model Bylaw for Alberta’s Municipalities
Alberta’s Municipalities and Environmental Assessment: A Primer to the Model Bylaw
This project was undertaken by
The Environmental Law Centre
Development of the primer and model bylaw began in the Fall of 2016 and was completed in
Max Bell Foundation