On October 1, 2013, the Community Planning and Development Act came into force replacing the existing Planning Act. The CPDA provides municipalities in the Northwest Territories with new tools to better address their community planning and development objectives.
Why has MACA introduced this new Act and Regulations?
MACA in cooperation with the Northwest Territories Association of Communities undertook a comprehensive review in 2006 of current community planning legislation.
This review and public consultation led to the recommendation that the Planning Act be replaced with legislation that provides for more authority at the local level and more flexibility in the manner in which planning documents are administered.
What changes were introduced in the Community Planning and Development Act?
The new planning legislation no longer requires that municipalities obtain the approval of the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs when passing Zoning Bylaws and Area Development Plans. Other noteworthy changes include:
- The authority for approving subdivisions may now be delegated to community governments subject to certain requirements
- Community governments may now enter into Development Agreements with developers for the purpose of providing local infrastructure
- Community governments are now able to authorize variances from the Zoning Bylaw
- The maximum penalties for non-compliance with planning bylaws for corporations and individuals have been increased
- The conditions for the appeal of Development Permits have been more clearly defined