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Dave Taylor's Private Member’s Bill 205 Passes 2nd Reading

Posted on December 06, 2011 by Richard Einarson

After a debate that featured strong multi-party support, Private Member's Bill 205 has passed 2nd Reading in the Alberta Legislature. Drafted by Dave Taylor, Alberta Party MLA for Calgary-Currie, Bill 205 will amend the Municipal Government Act (MGA) so that municipalities can more effectively deal with significantly stalled, suspended or delayed developments.

“This is a good piece of legislation and it’s clear my colleagues recognize that,” says Taylor. “I’d like to thank everyone who has supported the bill so far.”

Bill 205 became not only practical, but necessary following discussions with various community representatives regarding the blight of undeveloped properties scattered across the province. The Bill will give municipalities the clear authority to demand the improvement of the appearance and usage of a site within a specified timeframe. The Currie community of Cliff Bungalow-Mission has lived with one of Alberta’s worst delayed developments - nicknamed the “Pit” - for 10 years now, although residents were recently promised that construction will be well underway before the end of 2011.

“It’s good to see something happening for the community, but a decade is ten years too long,” says Taylor. “I hope to see the momentum behind this Bill continue for the sake of everyone living with a stalled development that is currently disrupting the attractiveness and the continuity of their neighbourhood.”

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