Public input being sought in province’s review of municipal, regional services in CRD

Fact sheets are available online from discussions at local council meetings

The provincial government is leading a review of service and governance integration within the Capital Region and is now asking the public to weigh in.

As part of the Capital Integrated Services and Governance Initiative, local stakeholders, members of the public and local government officials are invited to participate in a virtual open house that will be online until mid-December.

The open house will use the PlaceSpeak platform to allow participants to provide feedback and engage in online discussion about local government service delivery.

A team comprised of consultants from Urban Systems and Circle Square Solutions, and led by former B.C. Liberal cabinet minister George Abbott, has now met with all 13 municipal councils and the CRD’s board of directors to discuss how services are being delivered, the possibility of integrating some of those services and areas that could be improved. Fact sheets describing how 16 individual service areas are currently being delivered were prepared after those meetings and can be viewed on the PlaceSpeak site.

The website will also allow for a broader review and discussion of these services, with the ultimate goal of providing the consulting team with more information on the potential for integrated services and governance.

PlaceSpeak will be live until Dec. 15 and the final report will be available in early 2017. The public is encouraged to register through placespeak.com/CISGI.

katie@goldstreamgazette.com