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Manitoba redrafting land-use policies

Manitoba wants input from the public on changes to its land-use policies, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Steve Ashton announced Friday.

The province says it was the first in Canada to adopt provincial land-use policies, in 1980. Manitoba’s policies were last reviewed and rewritten in 1994, to “incorporate the principles of sustainable development,” the province said.

In 2006, the agriculture policy was amended to address the development of livestock operations, the province noted.

“Effective land-use policies are important for managing change
and development in ways that build strong communities, promote a

healthy environment and sustain a sound economy,” said Ashton, the MLA for the northern mining community of Thompson.

The draft provincial land-use policies propose to “clarify some
policies and to make them more coherent and integrated,” he said, noting a need to address “emerging issues” such as climate change and to strengthen existing policies in areas such as the protection of Manitoba’s water resources.

The government said it plans to host workshops around the province and meet with “key stakeholders.” Consultation materials, including the draft policies, and the opportunity to provide feedback are available online.

Consultations are to take place through April and wrap
up in early May, and land-use policies are expected to be finalized
this fall, the province said.

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