We are getting a look at the new city charter, which has been in the making for years and is being put together by Calgary, Edmonton, and the province.
The proposed changes will give more leeway in setting neighborhood speed limits.
You could also see changes in the court system saving tax money as control over transit tickets and parking tickets would go to a city run tribunal instead of cases going to provincial court.
Calgary and Edmonton could also increase parking fines without having the province give its okay.
A city could even increase fines, giving more teeth to penalties that some neighborhoods have called for for derelict housing. As well, Calgary and Edmonton would be able to force the clean up of contaminated land.
The province is willing to allow municipalities decide on election issues such as opening things up to online and telephone voting. The cities can also establish their own election campaign contribution limits and finance and reporting requirements for municipal elections.
Calgary and Edmonton will be allowed to change opening and closing hours for liquor stores as well as regulating happy hours.
When it comes to affordable housing, the two major cities will be able to provide loans to private individuals and organizations to create more housing.
The province is holding public information sessions to explain the changes on October 11th at the Elks Club and October 12th at McDougal Centre.
This round of consultation will not include the controversial issue of whether cities should be allowed any taxing powers that won’t be discussed until the spring.
The province hopes to have City Charters in place for the municipal election in October of next year.
All charter details can be found here.
Pictured – Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson