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/ Dan Burden
Intermunicipal planning is the joint effort of two or more municipalities
to address a common issue. Some of the benefits of intermunicipal
planning are to: 1) prevent duplication among different programs
within a region, 2) combine the financial and material resources
of different groups involved for cost-effective program implementation,
and 3) promote a greater diversity of programs and opportunities
to address planning issues.
Effective intermunicipal communication and planning is important
when municipalities address issues that reach beyond their individual
borders. Municipalities can work together to create integrated,
cross-municipal systems to address such issues as: bike and transit
routes; scenic roads and streets; waterways and stormwater management;
and sidewalk and trail networks. Intermunicipal planning can also
help to guard against situations where one municipality is negatively
impacted by development in, or policies of, another municipality.
Discussing planning issues before policies are being made or development
projects are being reviewed gives municipal leaders the chance
to consider intercommunity issues and how they could best be addressed.