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Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership (FIP) Regional Governance Project

Community Consultations Feedback and Questionnaire

Since 2015, the nine Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership (FIP) communities have been involved in a fairly comprehensive and ongoing analysis of various governance options aimed at further leveraging inter-municipal collaboration on shared services delivery across the region.

The goal being...to help ensure the effective and efficient delivery of the highest-quality municipal services and infrastructure across the region and delivering this ‘standard of service’ at fair, reasonable and affordable levels of taxation.

With a relatively small regional population of 8,500 – and with recent/ongoing declines in population and a relatively low-growth regional assessment (tax) base – Flagstaff region is certainly facing a future that may not look like the past.

This is true with many rural communities and regions across Western Canada.

But as other progressive, forward-looking communities and regions have done in the past, or are currently doing in response to changing circumstances...they adapt, change and reposition themselves. And they do this not just to respond to emerging challenges and threats, but to reposition themselves for the growth, development and business and residential attraction opportunities of the future.

The Single-Tier Governance (Amalgamation) Model outlined in the attached Overview and Background Document, and which is being presented (in detail) at the regional Townhall Meetings and Information Booth Q&A Sessions being set up across Flagstaff region, is the model that is now being brought forward for community/stakeholder review and consultation.

YOU, YOUR VIEWS and YOUR PERSPECTIVES are essential to the listening and learning phase of the ongoing FIP due diligence efforts...as we aim to not only inform, but to engage and consult with the public and community stakeholders on the Single-Tier Governance (Amalgamation) Model.

As part of our commitment to inclusive, transparent, facts-based and fully-informed decision- making – and prior to responding to the Questionnaire – we first encourage you to:

review the Overview and Background Document provided;

visit FlagstaffUnited.ca to learn more about the evolution of the FIP Regional Governance Project;

connect directly with us at any of the upcoming Townhall Meetings or Information Booths; and/or

contact our two Public/Stakeholder Consultations Facilitators directly...either through the MyFlagstaff.ca website or through the contact numbers provided below.

If you would like to discuss the public and stakeholder consultations process further, or to provide your input, feedback or ideas, we’d love to hear from you!

Please feel free to contact our Public/Stakeholder Consultations Facilitators (from New West Opportunities Inc.) directly, or by filling out the Online Information Request Form on the MyFlagstaff.ca website.

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Mr. Shane Pospisil

Senior Partner, Western Canada
New West Opportunities Inc.
Direct: (780) 860-5100
Email: Shane@NWOpportunities.com
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Mr. Jim Padilla

Senior Partner, Community Engagement
New West Opportunities Inc.
Direct: (780) 701-3459
Email: Jim@NWOpportunities.com

We want to know what you think about this governance model, or other potential/ possible ‘Made in Flagstaff’ governance models which may come up in our discussions.

And we want to hear your views on the all-important question... Regionalization: Where to from here?

Our Overriding Goal: To ensure that FIP continues to receive INFORMED public and stakeholder input and feedback on the Regional Governance Project from across all participating member communities.

Community Consultations Questionnaire now available.

Regional Governance Project Community Consultations Feedback and Questionnaire

You can print up a copy of the Questionnaire, complete it and either scan and return it to survey@MyFlagstaff.ca, or return by mail to:

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MyFlagstaff.ca Survey

C/O New West Opportunities
PO Box 4929 (South Edmonton)
7506 Gateway Boulevard
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5G8

Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership (FIP) Regional Governance Project

Questionnaire


QUESTION #1

What are the TOP FIVE ISSUES currently facing your household or business?


Please rank from 1-5, with 1 being the MOST IMPORTANT.


QUESTION #2

What do you see as the FIVE BIGGEST CHALLENGES currently facing your community?


Please rank from 1-5, with 1 being the MOST IMPORTANT.


QUESTION #3

What do you see as the BIGGEST AREAS OF OPPORTUNITY for your community?


Please rank from 1-5, with 1 being the MOST IMPORTANT.


QUESTION #4

The saying is often that “municipal governments are closest to the people they serve, and that the people are always closest to the municipal governments that are serving them.”


What do you see as the TOP FIVE ISSUES currently facing your municipal government?


Please rank from 1-5, with 1 being the MOST IMPORTANT.


QUESTION #5

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:


Regionalization has an important role to play in effective and efficient delivery of high-quality, reliable municipal services and infrastructure at affordable levels of taxation.


QUESTION #6

Please check those considerations (below) which you believe are MOST IMPORTANT to your community and nearby communities in considering more regionalized, collaborative municipal service delivery?


QUESTION #7

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:


The Single-Tier Governance Model would appear to be the next logical step in the evolution of collaborative shared services delivery in Flagstaff region. A single-tier government could play an important role in maintaining effective and efficient delivery of high-quality, reliable municipal services and infrastructure at affordable levels of taxation...and in maintaining community sustainability in the face of declining population levels and an increasingly constrained regional tax base.


QUESTION #8

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:


FIP should consider other incremental regionalization options more thoroughly, or just leave things the way they are, before any further consideration is given to moving forward with a single-tier government.


QUESTION #9

What do you see as the BIGGEST NEGATIVES (RISKS) or DOWNSIDE of moving toward a single-tier government in Flagstaff region? To you? To your community?


QUESTION #10

What do you see as the BIGGEST POSITIVES or UPSIDE of moving toward a single-tier government in Flagstaff region? To you? To your community?


QUESTION #11

What do you think about the Single-Tier Governance Model presented? What do you like? What concerns you?


QUESTION #12

What are your views on the all-important question Regionalization: Where to from here? What advice would you like to give FIP and your municipal Council?


QUESTION #13

(Optional)

NOTE: New West Opportunities Inc. (NWO), our Public/Stakeholder Consultations Facilitators, fully and unequivocally undertake to plan, administer and monitor/supervise any and all voluntary data collection processes, and deliver on such processes, in full compliance with the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. F-25.

All personal data collected by NWO will remain strictly confidential, will not be shared with any third party, and will only be presented to the client and publicly in an aggregated, not-for-attribution format (no names of respondents/participants identified).