WHEREAS changes to policy regarding maintenance and renewal of Alberta Environment and Parks dispositions now requires a security deposit to be held for Crown land leases for municipalities; and
WHEREAS the changes have also forced non-profit organizations to turn to local municipalities and seek unbudgeted financial support and administration guidance to renew dispositions; and
WHEREAS the new security deposit requirement for crown land dispositions is not practical or financially sustainable for municipalities or non-profit organizations wishing to maintain or renew their dispositions; and
WHEREAS the security deposit is taking funds from a lower level of government to a higher level;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta request that the Government of Alberta remove the requirement for municipalities to provide a security to receive Crown land dispositions.
Municipalities that hold dispositions on Crown land have demonstrated excellent stewardship of the land and Alberta Environment and Parks has alternate means of ensuring Crown lands are satisfactorily reclaimed following the cancellation of a disposition.
RMA has no active resolutions directly related to this issue.