Leaders from the Tri-Municipal Region, including the City of Spruce Grove, the Town of Stony Plain and Parkland County, met on January 21 to sign and officially endorse their inter-municipal collaboration framework, known as The Tri-Municipal Advantage: A Design for Sustainable Partnerships.
The need for such a framework arose from the municipalities’ existing commitment to work with one another, but also have the autonomy to individually address each of their community’s diverse philosophy, population and economy. The framework sets out parameters that the three municipalities will use to guide how they will identify, assess, implement and monitor regional projects.
The framework encourages opportunities for communication, so that existing and new networks can be strengthened. It also takes successive municipal leadership into consideration, ensuring that the framework can continue to be used by the region for years to come.
The Tri-Municipal Region has an established working relationship that has seen partnership success in such projects as the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre and a cost-share agreement to purchase aerial firefighting equipment. The new collaboration framework solidifies the way they will continue working together and focus on regional issues.
“Geography makes our partnership practical,” said Spruce Grove Mayor Stuart Houston. “However, the real value of tri-municipal collaboration is in our shared desire to provide our residents with great places to live, work and play. Being proactive in identifying possible impacts, using joint planning and sharing our visions will lead to benefits for all residents in the region.”
"All three municipalities are looking to provide the best services to our communities," said Stony Plain Mayor William Choy. "And by working together we are able to reach that goal. Securing the councils’ intentions with this agreement we will provide a sustainable arrangement that takes us into the future."
“There is a long history of the three municipalities working together on various projects, including constructing facilities like the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, the Horizon Stage, and the new ambulance facility, or working to host major events including the 2012 Alberta Winter Games,” said Mayor Rod Shaigec. “I believe strongly that our success as a region depends on our ability to work together and collaborate on projects that will benefit our respective municipalities and our ratepayers. The Inter-Municipal Collaboration Framework solidifies our commitment to continue building on our achievements of the past and create an environment that supports a dynamic, successful future.”