Governance

The governance of the P4G Region is intended to balance regional needs for planning and coordination with the ability for each member to develop their own approaches to meet the needs of their communities. Consistent regional processes and decision-making that involves all members will be used to ensure that future work by P4G represents the needs of the entire Region.

Objectives

29-1         Support ongoing interjurisdictional collaboration.

29-2         Provide for transparent, accountable, fair, and equitable processes for managing regional issues.

29-3         Ensure that regional initiatives reflect individual aspirations of jurisdictions while providing joint action on areas of common interest.

29-4         Maintain representation from all jurisdictions in the management of the Region.

Policies

Regional Oversight Committee

29.01       Functions of the Regional Oversight Committee. The P4G Regional Oversight Committee (ROC) shall provide guidance and direction to Regional Committees and the P4G Planning Commission, and represent the interests of the municipalities in regional initiatives. The responsibilities of ROC shall be consistent with the P4G District Planning Agreement.

P4G Planning Commission

29.02       Functions of the P4G Planning Commission. The P4G Planning Commission (P4GPC) shall be responsible as an advisory body for facilitating the discussion and providing recommendations on matters of mutual interest to the P4G Region. The responsibilities of P4GPC shall be consistent with the P4G District Planning Agreement and the Act.

Referral Processes

29.03       Permitted Uses. Permitted uses shall not require referrals to other municipalities. The municipality may decide to refer an application for a permitted use to another municipality at their discretion.

29.04       Referrals of Applications to Adjacent Municipalities. Referrals of applications to rezone, subdivide, or establish discretionary uses on lands will require referrals to adjacent municipalities if they may:

a.   pose a significant impact on adjacent lands or growth areas;

b.   encourage discontinuous growth;

c.   place pressure on the adjacent municipality to expand or upgrade services and infrastructure; and/or

d.   have significant local service and infrastructure demands.

29.05       Concept Plan Referrals. Concept Plans and amendments to Concept Plans shall be referred to adjacent municipalities for comment on aspects that relate the Regional Plan.

29.06       Referrals of Applications to All Municipalities. Referrals of applications to rezone, subdivide, or establish discretionary uses on lands will require referrals to P4G if they have significant regional implications for services and infrastructure or other region-wide impacts that would affect all municipalities.

29.07       Referral Process. The process of referring applications and proposed plans shall be consistent with the process in the P4G District Planning Agreement.

 

Amendments to the Plan

29.08       Detailed Planning Required. No amendments to the Regional Land Use Map in Exhibit 2 shall be considered unless a Concept Plan or other detailed planning for the area has been completed by the municipal Councils, except as provided otherwise in the P4G District Planning Agreement or the policies of this Plan.

29.09       Consideration of Impacts. When considering an amendment to the Regional Plan, the impact of the proposed change on the rest of the Regional Plan and the future development of the Region should be examined. Any changes to the Regional Plan should be consistent with the Vision, Strategic Directions, and Objectives of the Plan.

29.10       Plan Amendment Process. The Plan Amendment process shall follow the requirements of the Act and the P4G District Planning Agreement.

Dispute Resolution

29.11       Intent of the Dispute Resolution Process. The dispute resolution process for the Plan is intended to provide options for resolving differences over the administration and interpretation of the Regional Plan. This process may be used to resolve disputes related to:

a.   amendments to the Plan,

b.   boundary alterations,

c.   servicing agreements and development levies, and

d.   any other regional dispute relevant to the Plan.

29.12       Dispute Resolution Process. The dispute resolution process shall proceed according to the process provided in the P4G District Planning Agreement.