Tuesday July 29, 2014

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Inter-municipal cooperation working to fuel development in growing regions

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On November 18, 2013, RM of Weyburn Reeve Carmen Sterling and City of Weyburn Mayor Debra Button signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two entities regarding the RM Sewage Receiving Station accessing City Sewage infrastructure at Weyburn City Hall.

The City of Weyburn and the RM of Weyburn will be holding a joint public hearing on Monday, March 24 at City Hall at 7 p.m. to present the Official District Plan developed through the Weyburn Planning District Commission.

Saskatchewan Minister of Government Relations Jim Reiter will be in attendance.

While other jurisdictions have struggled to create a common vision for encouraging future growth and development, the City and RM of Weyburn have shown clear dedication to this process through their work with the Weyburn Planning District Commission.

The two municipalities have been successfully working through the joint planning commission on issues of growth and development for a number of years and The Official District Plan will guide both municipalities in future planning.

Working cooperatively through a foundation of mutual respect has been the key for effective planning in the Weyburn Region through the recent period of rapid growth. The Weyburn Regional Planning Commission has been a valuable venture for both municipalities and has resulted in the successful management of a number of joint projects including the annexation of land to the east of the City for residential and commercial development in 2012.

In January, 2013, the partnership was formalized with the signing of the official planning commission agreement. The commission meets monthly to consider and review strategies for provision of infrastructure, utility services, economics and other broad issues that cross municipal boundaries.

The steady increase of land development requests in the region highlights the need for a coordinated plan for regional development. Numerous joint studies and planning have been done in an effort to reduce barriers in order to grow the region.


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