2021 Regional Governance Study

The Village of Caroline, Clearwater County and the Town of Rocky Mountain House

From the Regional Governance Study website:Through this Study process, we will be working towards developing a common vision for the future that is based on cooperation, improving access to government by citizens and identifying a financially healthy path forward for all three municipalities. While we are always looking at ways our municipalities can deliver programs, services and infrastructure effectively, this Governance Study is not intended to be a downsizing exercise. Instead, we are exploring options to increase our efficiency and support the region’s prosperity and viability, and citizen input will be essential to the Study process.

Public engagement summary updates are listed below. Residents, landowners, and stakeholders of all three municipalities will have opportunities to review background information and what we have learned so far, as well as share their initial comments and ideas. More information on how to get involved will be shared as the details are confirmed. 

Update # 5 – September 28, 2021

The engagement summary from the second phase of engagement that occurred over the summer can be viewed here.

The Recommendations Report has now been finalized and provided to the three municipalities. 

[The Final Report can be viewed here.]

Update #4 – July 19, 2021 

Public engagement kicks off July 28 with several in-person Community Information Sessions and an online survey available for residents and stakeholders to learn more about the study recommendations and provide their comments on the Recommendations Report which can be viewed here.

Two Community Information Sessions will be held on July 28 and two more will be held on August 23, details as follows: 

Community Information Session #1: Caroline 

  • July 28, 2021
  • 12:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Caroline Community Hub, Caroline, AB

Community Information Session #2: Rocky Mountain House 

  • July 28, 2021
  • 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Lou Soppit Community Centre, Rocky Mountain House, AB 

Community Information Session #3: Nordegg 

  • August 23, 2021
  • 12:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Nordegg Community Hall, Nordegg, AB 

Community Information Session #4: Leslieville 

  • August 23, 2021
  • 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Leslieville Community Centre, Leslieville, AB 

To register for one of the events please visit, https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/regional-governance-study-community-information-sessions-tickets-163272824413 

Registration is not required but is encouraged to help us plan for these events. If you need assistance with registration, please contact your municipal office. 

An online survey will be available July 28 to August 25, here https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/CCRGovernanceStudyRound2 .

Update #3 – April 16, 2021

The first round of public engagement wrapped up mid-March. Thank you to everyone who attended the live session, submitted feedback through the survey, emailed comments and questions, and reviewed project information. The Study team will use the feedback you provided and questions you asked to inform the analyses of the different governance options, including the status quo of maintaining the current government structure of three municipalities.

An engagement summary has been prepared which provides an overview of key themes that emerged through the feedback provided and the verbatim feedback submitted. The Engagement Summary can be viewed here.

The team has been reviewing and analyzing information to inform the preparation of the Recommendations Report, along with the feedback provided. The Recommendations Report will be presented to the Study Steering Committee and will then be shared through a second engagement phase, anticipated to occur in late May. Stay tuned for specific details as they get confirmed.

Update #2 – February 18, 2021

Public engagement kicked off the week of February 15 with a virtual open house tool and online survey available for residents and stakeholders to learn more about the study process and share their perspectives on current issues, concerns, and information they would like to learn. 

A live session was held on February 17 which included a brief presentation and Q and A session. You can watch a recording of the session here. 

The virtual open house and online survey will be available until March 10. If you prefer a printed copy of the survey or materials, please contact your municipal office. 

Update #1 – February 8, 2021

Currently, the consultant, guided by the Steering Committee, is gathering information related to how each municipality is governed, what services are provided, what agreements are currently in place, costs of services and governance, and looking at examples from other Alberta municipalities who have also explored or implemented different governance structures.

The Study has just kicked off and information will be shared here as we learn more about the different governance options and what the different options could mean for citizens of the region.

We expect to launch public engagement in mid-February where you will have an opportunity to review what we have learned to date and provide your feedback.

It is important to note that the ongoing Regional Governance Study is NOT a formal amalgamation process. Any references in the information provided below such as including information on the amalgamation provisions of the Municipal Government Act is done for information purposes only as it is one of the restructuring options that is being explored.

For more information: https://www.ccrregionalgovernancestudy.ca/