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Alberta eyeing changes to development funding rules under municipalities act

The Alberta Legislature on Feb. 26, 2016. Wes Rosa, Global News

Changes proposed in Alberta’s updated Municipal Government Act would make it easier for municipalities to build amenities like libraries and fire halls.

Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee says right now builders in new developments can be directed to help pay for infrastructure like water, storm and sewage systems and roads.

Under the changes, those builders could also be asked to help pay for an expanded range of facilities, such as police stations and community recreation facilities.

READ MORE: Alberta introduces changes to Municipal Government Act

The province says it will continue to consult before it passes this and other changes to the act.

The legislation was introduced last May and the government has been holding discussions with stakeholders ever since.

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More changes are planned for the spring session, and all changes are expected to be in place by next fall.

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