Wheatland County and Town of Strathmore Working Together on Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework

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Wheatland County and The Town of Strathmore Are Working On Two New Initiatives To Make The Region a Better Place to Live

Calgary, AB – The Town of Strathmore and Wheatland County are embarking on a collaborative process to develop a new Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) and Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) to help to strengthen the partnership between the municipalities and support prosperity and growth within the region. 
An ICF and IDP are required through the Municipal Government Act (MGA) between municipalities that share a common boundary. Currently, the Town and County do not have an ICF or IDP in place. As a first step in the ICF and IDP development processes, a steering committee made up of Town and County Council Members has been created to guide the project. An IDP protects both municipalities’ unique development vision and goals and provides a framework for ensuring that development that occurs in areas between the two municipalities progresses in a fair, organized and efficient way. 

The process for developing the ICF and IDP will take up to 12 months and will feature facilitated sessions and discussions with Steering Committee members. Mayor Pat Fule from the Town of Strathmore, who is part of the project's Steering Committee, supports the intention behind the process stating, "The Town looks forward to strengthening our intermunicipal relationship with Wheatland County and positioning ourselves for continued success through the creation of an IDP and an ICF”. Reeve Amber Link from Wheatland County, echoed Mayor Pat Fule’s sentiments when asked about the importance of developing the new ICF and IDP, she said, “We know how important collaboration is to the growth and prosperity of our communities and the region, and we are committed to developing sound and sensible plans through the ICF and IDP development process that will support these goals”. 

To share more about the ICF and IDP development process, the Town and County will be hosting a joint information session on December 13 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Strathmore Civic Centre. This will be an opportunity for the community to learn about the projects, ask questions to the project team, and offer feedback, which will be instrumental in shaping the draft plans. Once prepared, the draft ICF and IDP draft will be shared with the community to gather more feedback, and to help refine and finalize the documents. Finally, a public hearing will be held by both municipal councils to consider adopting the final ICF and IDP.  

 To learn more about the ICF and IDP development processes, visit:

https://wheatlandcounty.ca/strathmorewheatland-icf-idp/ 
https://strathmore.ca/IDP-ICF

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