The Regional Servicing Strategy provides recommendations to the P4G member municipalities for strategic investments in regional infrastructure development and service delivery. As the development identified in Land Use Concept takes place, capital investments and extensions of infrastructure will be required to support this growth.
The benefits of regional cooperation with infrastructure and servicing include the following:
- Costs for planning, construction, operations, and maintenance of infrastructure can be reduced through economies of scale, especially for smaller municipalities that would otherwise need to build and maintain facilities independently.
- Smaller municipalities can achieve higher levels of service through joint infrastructure projects and systems.
- Funding for new capital facilities can be pooled through cost-sharing and joint efforts to petition senior governments for support can help the P4G Region draw on additional resources.
- Growth planning can be supported and promoted through timely and efficient sequencing of infrastructure and services to new development areas.
Considering these goals, the Strategy provides a coordinated approach for the following infrastructure systems in the P4G Region:
- Potable water
- Stormwater management and drainage
The Strategy also discusses the following topics related to the coordination of infrastructure across the P4G Region:
- Other infrastructure. Although the four identified infrastructure systems are the primary focus of the Strategy, considerations of other types of infrastructure will be needed for long-term regional planning and coordination.
- Infrastructure corridors. Providing for shared rights-of-way between different infrastructure systems can reduce the costs of land acquisition and improve efficiency of regional service delivery.
- Fees, levies, and intermunicipal servicing agreements. Coordination between municipalities is needed to ensure regional and local extensions of services are properly funded and development can pay for itself without burdening ratepayers with the costs of growth. Mechanisms considered may include common agreements for providing urban servicing, and approaches for cost recovery for infrastructure projects.
- Sequencing. Given that development in the P4G Region, identified in the Land Use Map, will occur over an extended period, an understanding of the initial investments in infrastructure can help present immediate priorities versus long-range considerations for planning.
The Servicing Strategy focuses on regional infrastructure solutions where coordination between municipalities is necessary. While this Servicing Strategy currently includes water, wastewater, stormwater, and transportation systems, future areas of regional coordination may include other public services, such as recreation facilities, transit or emergency services, or services provided by the private sector or Crown corporations. The Servicing Strategy should be expanded as required to accommodate these services.