Town and County take next steps to resolution

April 1, 2021


Town and County take next steps to resolution


On March 30, 2021, following a mediation process in which great progress was made, and some issues settled, Brazeau County and the Town of Drayton Valley have agreed to move forward in a collaborative and productive manner that will best serve the greater community. The County and the Town have agreed it may be necessary to engage an arbitrator with respect to any questions outstanding between the municipalities.

Major items discussed included the plan and referral areas as well as the recreation component of the Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) and Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF), which all Alberta municipalities are required to enter into as outlined by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a high-level policy plan created by neighbouring municipalities that is designed to foster cooperation and integrated development near the municipal boundaries so unnecessary costs and negative impacts for the municipalities are avoided.  An Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) highlights and formalizes existing collaborative work between adjacent municipalities and provides a forum to work together. The primary goal of ICFs is ensuring neighbouring municipalities work together regarding service delivery to residents in an efficient and cost-effective manner. 

Both municipalities are moving forward with the best interests of the community in mind and look forward to exploring what services can be shared as well as determining how and where they should grow.

“The Town of Drayton Valley looks forward to a collaborative solution that will best serve our residents,” says Mayor Michael Doerksen. “The interest of our community is top of mind, and making use of an arbitrator will ensure we are moving forward in the most constructive way possible.”

“County Council looks forward to the next step in this process to arrive at a fair resolution in the interests of all residents,” says Reeve Bart Guyon. “The progress we’ve made together so far is a positive sign for the future.”




Town of Drayton Valley

Annette Driessen,

Acting Chief Administrative Officer




Brazeau County

Shawn McKerry

Interim Chief Administrative Officer