The Town of Mayerthorpe and Lac Ste. Anne County have recently agreed to jointly engage in an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP). This plan has been developed to reduce the possibility of potential conflicts between municipalities, and to ensure the relationship remains strong, transparent and collaborative in the future. Town of Mayerthorpe Mayor Janet Jabush and Lac Ste. Anne County Reeve Joe Blakeman officially signed this historic document on December 13, 2019. In doing so, these community leaders strengthened the collaborative potential of both communities and facilitated coordination of future development and land use policy matters.
“This progressive document provides for an integrated approach to planning policy for lands surrounding the Town of Mayerthorpe,” stated Mayor Jabush. “Knowing what to expect when developing or investing within the IDP area provides landowners, investors, developers, and businesses with a measure of confidence in knowing what to expect.”
This IDP focuses on an area surrounding the Town and addresses future land use, servicing, environment, and growth in a way that respects the interests of both the Town and the County. “This IDP represents an opportunity for both communities to embark upon a new and mutually beneficial relationship,” added Reeve Blakeman. “By reducing potential friction points and focusing on collaboration and transparency, everyone wins.”
There was darkness in 2019, but there were also moments of light. The County just completed its annual food, toy and pet food drive. Seeing the donations piled high at the admin building reminded me that the spirit of goodwill is alive and well in Lac Ste. Anne County, and that even in lean times, our nature in rural Alberta is to pull together and help those among us who are less fortunate. My sincere thanks goes out to County staff for making this meaningful event happen each year, and also to those of you in the community who continue to make it such a success.
This project was driven in part by legislation within the Municipal Government Act enabling IDPs to be developed between neighboring municipalities. Funding for this project was provided through the Alberta Community Partnership Grant from Alberta Municipal Affairs.