A working group was formed in 2012 to provide strategic recommendations on brownfield redevelopment in Alberta.
This working group produced the report: Alberta Brownfield Redevelopment Practical Approaches to Achieve Productive Community Use.
The following recommendations from the report have been achieved:
- city charters were signed with Edmonton and Calgary, encouraging sustainable land use and brownfield redevelopment
- tax and bylaw changes to encourage brownfield redevelopment were implemented through the Municipal Government Act.
- the tax and bylaw changes:
- are in effect as of October 26, 2017
- provide municipalities with the ability to implement tax deferrals
- allow exemptions as an incentive for redevelopment
- Alberta Environment and Parks hired a brownfield co-ordinator in November 2016
- a Risk Management Plan Guide was released October 31, 2017, building on the:
- Contaminated Sites Policy Framework (October 2014)
- updated Alberta Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines (February 2016)
The Remediation Regulation was amended by Order in Council in June 2018 and came into effect on January 1, 2019.