The Town of Mayerthorpe and Lac Ste. Anne County have signed an agreement to jointly engage in an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP).
In a joint press release, both parties say the plan has been developed to reduce the possibility of potential conflicts between municipalities and to ensure the relationship remains strong, transparent and collaborative going forward, to facilitate coordination of potential future development and land-use policies.
The document was signed by Mayerthorpe Mayor Janet Jabush and Lac Ste. Anne County Reeve Joe Blakeman on December 13th.
“This progressive document provides for an integrated approach to planning policy for lands surrounding the Town of Mayerthorpe,” stated Mayor Jabush. “Knowing what to expect when developing or investing within the IDP area provides landowners, investors, developers, and businesses with a measure of confidence in knowing what to expect.”
The IDP focuses on an area surrounding Mayerthorpe and addresses future land use, servicing, environment, and growth in a way that respects the interests of both the Town and the County.
“This document represents an opportunity for both communities to embark upon a new and mutually beneficial relationship,” added Reeve Blakeman. “By reducing potential friction points and focusing on collaboration and transparency, everyone wins.”
The project was driven in part by legislation within the Municipal Government Act enabling IDPs to be developed between neighbouring municipalities. Funding for the project was provided through the Alberta Community Partnership Grant from Alberta Municipal Affairs.