Town of Swan Hills viability review : viability determination and what we have heard report


In May 2013, following a request from the council of the Town of Swan Hills that a dissolution study be undertaken for the town, the Minister of Municipal Affairs advised that a study would proceed in the form of a viability review led by a viability review team. The Town of Swan Hills viability review began in August 2013 with the establishment of the Viability Review Team that led the Town of Swan Hills Viability Review. The team consisted of one elected and one administrative official each from the Town of Swan Hills and from the Municipal District of Big Lakes, and one representative each from the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, the Alberta Rural Municipal Administrators Association, the Local Government Administration Association and representation from Alberta Municipal Affairs. In April 2014, an Initial Findings Report, prepared by the Viability Review Team, was provided to the public. The report outlined the town’s performance on key measures of sustainability and indicators of viability, as outlined in the Municipal Sustainability Strategy. The viability review team was tasked with leading stakeholder engagement with residents, property owners, and other stakeholders. In addition to the stakeholder input form distributed to residents and property owners in June 2013, the Viability Review Team held an open house and a public meeting in the Town of Swan Hills on May 9, 2014, to gather additional information from stakeholders to assist with the team’s determination of the viability of the Town of Swan Hills. The comments, gathered from stakeholders, are summarized in the What We Have Heard Report. Following the stakeholder input sessions held in May, the viability review team met on two more occasions to discuss the viability of the town and make a viability determination. The Town of Swan Hills Viability Review Team has determined that the Town of Swan Hills is clearly viable. The Town of Swan Hills viability review is concluded. No further action is required. In making its determination, the viability review team stated that it has confidence in the councils and administrations of the Town of Swan Hills and the Municipal District of Big Lakes to work together in addressing issues and additional recommendations to ensure the ongoing viability of the town are not required.

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