The former PC government approved the Alberta Land Stewardship Act in 2009, sectoring the province into seven regions. This has been met with heavy criticism. For one, it requires a plan be created for land-use in each of the new regions.
The deep criticism of ALSA has resulted in MLA, Pat Stier of Livingstone-Macleod, coming up with Bill-210 in early March of this year. Stier’s purpose in introducing to private members, Bill-210, is to shake-up the ALSA. He states, “A person should be able to fight it (and/or) they should be able to seek compensation.”
Stier attacks certain sections of ALSA, as he maintains it infringes on the right for recourse through the courts and ultimately the right for fair hearings to mitigate any “damage” done to citizens affected. Similarly, he believes the ALSA ignores a citizen’s right to fair compensation, if affected adversely.
The Bill has undergone a first reading, but has caused a ruckus which will lead to heated further debate as it affects both Edmonton and Calgary, who want to challenge parts of ALSA, alongside with the “Responsible Energy Act” and particular sections therein.
Opponents of ALSA who are in favor of Stier’s Bill-210 are adamant that ALSA infringes on property rights, and, as stated, will not allow for citizens to dispute these new regional plans through the court system.
This article was written by Donna Murchie.