Councillors would also have to meet a higher standard when it came to holding meetings behind closed doors.
And they would have to adopt multi-year operating and capital plans and adhere to clear and timely rules regarding annexations.
The changes are contained in a bill which has been introduced in the legislature.
It's the first move to update Alberta's Municipal Government Act.
A review of the act is to be completed by next year and more changes are in the works.