Woodlands County Council this week discussed a couple of draft bylaws that would have established Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDP) with the neighbouring counties of Yellowhead and Lac Ste. Anne.
IDP’s were a requirement for municipalities to adopt as bylaws within their Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICF).
However, a recent change in provincial legislation with the introduction of Bill 25, The Red Tape Reduction Act, IDP’s are no longer seen as requirements.
Woodlands County Mayor John Burrows says Yellowhead and Lac Ste. Anne both sent letters to the County saying they would like to stop drafting their IDP’s as a result of the legislative change.
The change means there will be less paperwork for Administrations in all the counties to fill out, which is the point of the UCP’s Red Tape Reduction strategy.
Woodlands will still continue to adopt Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks with both municipalities for future mutual development, and any changes or concerns will be addressed within those agreements.