Local Authority in Provincial Planning

Year
2019
Category
Legislative
NCLGA Ref#
R1

Status

NCLGA Executive Recommendation: Endorse | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership

Details

Whereas the Province, across all Ministries and agencies, must have a fundamental regard for the authority and responsibilities that local governments have over their jurisdictions;

And whereas plans, reviews or initiatives may have the potential to impact communities in economic, social, environmental or other ways, local governments must have a seat at the table and a voice in collaboration;

Therefore be it resolved that the Province establish a protocol for local governments to be assigned a role in the function of any planning, reviews or initiatives affecting their areas of responsibility. To fulfill this expectation, resources must be available to ensure that local governments can meaningfully participate and be party to the solutions from the very outset.

 

Responses

The Resolutions Committee advises that the UBCM membership has not previously considered a request to the Province to assign local governments a role in the function of any planning, reviews or initiatives affecting their areas of responsibility.

However in 2001, members endorsed resolution A9 which asked UBCM to call upon the Provincial government and its Crown Corporations, Boards and Commissions to ensure through the Community Charter that adequate consultation takes place and encourage development of MOUs on specific referrals with affected local governments prior to their making land use, development and environmental decisions.

Members have also consistently asked the Province to be consulted prior to making decisions in specific policy areas that will have an economic, social or environmental impact on a community or impact other land uses in the area such as forestry (2017-B31, 2015-B67, 2010-B94, 2007-B45), mining (2009-B138), aquaculture (2003-B88), and independent power projects (2003-B95).

North Central Local Government Association