Town Council approved the Policy Statement on Regionalism at last night’s regular Council meeting.
“Regionalism is a focused approach to collaborative systems that cross municipal boundaries while maintaining localized autonomy and governance. Regionalism represents a commitment to shared services and local autonomy.”
Town Council and administration are committed to advancing regionalism through active efforts in planning and action. This statement will guide Council decisions and direction.
Town Manager Tom Goulden says, “The concept of regionalism is gaining traction within the municipal sector and appears to be an underlying policy consideration of the MGA amendments. Town Council has truly proven their leadership in this area by adopting these principles. It will now be clear to everyone how decisions will be guided in this important part of our work.”
“A perfect example of regionalism is when Council authorized the management of the outdoor pool to be carried out by the TLC,” says Mayor William Choy. “Heritage Park also reflected the shared service and autonomy balance. This site clearly serves the broader region; this was recognized by our partners through financial contributions. Stony Plain Council also was clear from the beginning of the project that it would be a Stony Plain owned and operated facility, allowing for local decision making on operations, events and use by non-profit groups.”
Pursuing a regionalism policy is an active effort:
I. To actively represent Stony Plain's community values.
2. To advance and increase service levels to Stony Plain residents.
3. To ensure autonomy is considered during decision making.
4. To highlight transparency and accountability as regionalization advances.
5. To ensure equity amongst regional partners in funding, governance and operations.
For more information, contact:
Stephanie Barsby Boisvert
Corporate Communications Officer
Town of Stony Plain