The Municipal Sustainability Strategy Working Group began meeting in early 2010. This working group consisted of representatives from Alberta Municipal Affairs, AAMDC, AUMA, Alberta Summer Villages Association, LGAA and ARMAA.
The four questions for the working group’s consideration were:
The working group and its associated sub-committee made significant progress in tackling the complex issue of municipal sustainability. Based on this progress, the working group’s final report was presented to the Minister of Municipal Affairs in June 2010. Following review by Government, the proposed MSS was released for municipal consultation in late 2010. More than 60 submissions were received. In the summer of 2012, Municipal Affairs announced that the Government had adopted the MSS and that the MGA would be amended to reflect the changes required by the MSS. Initially, the government planned for these amendments for Fall 2012 but has now scheduled them for the Spring 2013 session.
Alberta Municipal Affairs has began using the MSS with a pilot community (Village of Cremona) that was considering dissolution. The AAMDC has representation on the viability review team which has been working with the Village to develop solutions for the future sustainability of the community.
The AAMDC believes that the outcomes of the MSSWG will be positive, as they will provide a more comprehensive approach to municipal sustainability. The association continues to be an active contributor in this process, ensuring rural municipal interests are considered in the new process while respecting the needs of urban municipal interests.