County of Wetaskiwin passes intermunicipal collaboration frameworks with neighboring counties

Collaboration attempt not returned by First Nations: assistant CAO

Intermunicipal collaboration frameworks (ICF) between the county of Wetaskiwin and the counties of Ponoka and Camrose were given three reading of approval during Wetaskiwin county council’s Jan. 11 general meeting.

Intermunicipal development plans (IDP) between the County of Wetaskiwin and the two neighboring municipalities were passed last year during council’s Oct. 12, 2017, planning and economic development meeting.

During the meeting held last year, Cody Bruno, band administrator for the Samson Cree Nation, addressed council to inquire about increased levels of consultation between the county and its First Nations neighbours in the future, as he felt there had not been enough consultation with Samson Cree Nation during the draft process for the IDPs.

County of Wetaskiwin assistant CAO Jeff Chipley informed council on Jan. 11 that county administration had reached out to the four nations of Maskwacis for the ICF process. “Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to receive a response from them regarding the ICF.”

As with the IDPs, the ICFs are not looking to introduce new partnerships of cost-share models between the County of Wetaskiwin and the counties of Ponoka and Camrose, but is looking to formalize current practices already in place.

As per the modernized Municipal Government Act, the County of Wetaskiwin — and all municipalities across the province — must have in place ICFs and IDPs with neighboring municipalities by April 1, 2020. The ICFs will address intermunicipal land-use planning, service support development, and regional service delivery and funding.

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