- Support the development and management of utilities and services by other service providers
- Ensure that ongoing regional planning efforts are coordinated by private interests and Crown corporations to promote alignment between long-term plans
- Coordinate other municipal services and infrastructure with long-term regional planning
Although the Regional Servicing Strategy provides a basis for long-term coordination of major infrastructure and services, the focus is primarily on systems which are managed by the municipalities affiliated with the P4G, as this management can allow for stronger linkages between land use and infrastructure policy. These services also represent major capital investments to be coordinated by municipalities that allow regional development to proceed.
In addition to these types of infrastructure detailed in the Plan, there are also other infrastructure systems which need to be considered:
- Critical linear infrastructure that is necessary for development may be planned, constructed, and managed by private companies and Crown corporations. This includes telecommunications, electricity, natural gas, and other facilities. This type of infrastructure is important to consider for planning, given the need for planning linear corridors.
- Additional facilities and associated services may be maintained by municipalities, private interests, and Crown corporations. These would include landfills and waste management facilities, recreation facilities, emergency services, education, and other systems that would require significant capital investment.
Although it is recommended that the scope of P4G involvement should focus on potable water, wastewater, stormwater drainage, and transportation, and extend to additional systems as regional capacity is strengthened, certain actions should be considered in the short term:
- Provide opportunities for ongoing collaboration with other regional service providers. P4G should look to provide detailed information about the Regional Plan and its implementation to other public and private service providers operating in the P4G Region to ensure that the Plan aligns with their internal planning for future development. P4G should also provide ongoing opportunities for consultation and review to ensure that any concerns regarding regional infrastructure development are identified and addressed promptly.
- Support regional planning for other municipal infrastructure. Municipalities should work to identify opportunities for future collaboration in other types of infrastructure systems. This may include support for regional cost-sharing and joint service provision, as well as the development of region-wide plans for these services.
- Support planning for regional institutional facilities. P4G should also support service providers’ efforts to plan for regional institutional facilities, such as hospitals, regional educational facilities, and recreational facilities.