WINNIPEG, MB. - Rural municipalities will get more input into opportunities for their economic development with the modernization of The Planning Act.
“Our government has worked extensively with municipalities and industry to see how improvements could be made to our existing regulatory framework,” said Minister Jeff Wharton. “This new legislation strengthens our government’s commitment to providing a fair say for municipalities on matters that affect their local community.”
In addition to modernizing the current municipal zoning by-law review and approval process, Bill 19 The Planning Amendment Act (Improving Efficiency in Planning) would enhance ‘fair say’ by giving municipalities the option of setting a threshold for conditional use hearings for livestock, according to local needs.
Other changes would include:
“We have seen many examples of the significant economic benefit that livestock development can offer communities in Manitoba,” said Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler. “Our government wants to provide municipalities with the opportunity to achieve that growth and development through a more equitable process. The proposed legislation takes a balanced approach to the livestock review and approval process that improves animal safety and maintains a high standard of environmental accountability.”
Municipal Relations will be hosting three information sessions in March to meet with key stakeholders, provide an overview of The Planning Amendment Act (Improving Efficiency in Planning) and answer any questions.
With Files from The Manitoba Government