The City of Grande Prairie along with Sexsmith, Horse Lake First Nation and Wembley started pre-work last week on the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework.
The goal of ICF’s is to get neighbouring municipalities on the same page and working together on things like transportation, emergency services, water and wastewater and recreation. How these programs are offered, their cost structure and if there is a better way to deliver them are things that will be considered.
Truper McBride, a Planning Discipline Leader with Stantec, says 2018 is when the framework itself will be designed.
“That’s really where decisions get made on how they will be delivered going forward, and what municipalities will actually be cooperating on going forward.”
Some local municipalities chose to do their own pre-work, however, the Modernized Municipal Government Act will force some degree of cooperation next year.
“Those discussions next year will be mandatory ones. There will be a point when everyone will be at the table together. But right now, it’s those that want to begin those conversations proactively,” said McBride.
Stantec Consulting Ltd. is helping to guide pre-work discussions between the three municipalities and Horse Lake First Nation.
A $100,000 Alberta Community Partnership Grant is funding the project.