White City Disappointed by Withdrawal of Neighbouring Communities from White Butte Planning Committee
White City, SK: The Town of White City is urging the RM of Edenwold and the Towns of Balgonie and Pilot Butte, to reconsider their recent decision to formally withdraw from the White Butte Regional Planning Committee.
“We were surprised by their decision to withdraw from the Regional Planning Committee,” said White City Mayor Bruce Evans. “Our area has seen – and will continue to see - tremendous growth and development pressure. We think it just makes common sense to meet on a regular basis to discuss issues of collaboration or concern from a regional perspective.”
The White Butte Planning Committee was first formed in 2008 between the Towns of White City, Balgonie, Pilot Butte and the RM of Edenwold, and expanded to include the Village of Edenwold, the RM of Sherwood and the City of Regina, with the stated goal of “Working Together to Grow Together”.
Evans pointed to several major accomplishments of White Butte, including securing the new White Butte RCMP Detachment, the development of the White City/RM 158 Wastewater Authority, negotiation of water supply agreements between the Province, the City of Regina and the 4 original White Butte municipalities, and a pipeline to supply treated water from Pilot Butte to Balgonie.
The Committee has also been successful in establishing regional priorities such as the development of a regional Emergency Measures Response Team to build on emergency services such First Responders and Fire Protection. And of obvious importance, the collaboration of all municipalities in the design and location of the Overpasses and Service Roads became a crucial component of the Regina Bypass project, which now includes a pedestrian crossing over the White City Overpass to connect both sides of the TransCanada Highway to the TransCanada Trail.
“Taxpayers are looking for municipal governments to cooperate to find efficiencies in the delivery of services. And we’ve heard that same message from the provincial government,” said Evans, who plans to write to the Reeve and his fellow mayors to ask them to reconsider their decision to withdraw.
“They have been valuable partners on the committee up until now. We can accomplish so much more – and carry such a stronger message to senior levels of government – if we work together,” said Evans. “The White Butte Planning Committee is a valuable tool in the growth of all our communities.”