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Alberta Brownfield Redevelopment: Practical Approaches to Achieve Productive Community Use

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.