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COVID-19 Update: The Impact of Draft Planning Documents and Some More Important Extensions to Deadlines Under the MGA

Warning: As a result of further Ministerial Orders issued by the Minister of Municipal Affairs, this Article is no longer current and should not be relied upon. An updated article reflecting the most current information can be found here.

By Jeneane Grundberg and Keegan Rutherford

During these challenging times, we anticipate that adoption of various planning documents will be delayed past time frames contemplated by municipalities. For example, if a municipality is considering repealing and replacing its municipal development plan, Council may wish to wait until after the pandemic subsides to finalize the required three readings and the public hearing. Even though it could avail itself of the electronic public participation, Council may wish to defer a public hearing until the ordinary “in person” process can be followed.

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