Welcome to the Évangéline Regional Municipality project site. Since the adoption of the new Municipal Government Act in 2017, a working committee is studying the possibility of forming a regional municipality for the Évangéline region.
This website is to inform you about the work accomplished to date and to keep you informed as the work continues.
MAY 3, 2019
Members of the working committee of the regional municipality project have decided to stop their efforts of exploring the possible amalgamation of the Évangéline area.
Since the recent public meetings, where draft reports were presented in the spirit of consultations and discussions, a strong percentage of residents living in the unincorporated areas voiced displeasure at a new municipal model. Therefore, to continue the process without respecting the divisive nature of the issue would not be doing any favors – short or long term – to re-establish harmony in our tight-knit community.
Naturally, the intentions of the working committee were to reinforce the region as a whole, and to see if a different municipal model could serve and strengthen the community. But clearly, the option is very far from being unanimous within residents living in unincorporated areas.
The working committee recognizes that several obstacles hurt the process, or made it much more complicated, including the proposed taxation model, local land-use planning and a true vision for local governance established by the provincial government across PEI.
The working committee will take the time required to finish its contract with the consulting firm and answer many of the questions which were asked throughout the consultation process.
The working committee felt it was in the best interest of the community to put a halt to the current process, yet encourages all residents of the Évangéline area to closely follow the issues surrounding municipal affairs and local governance on a provincial level, and to continue the discussion concerning the best way to work together for the betterment of our community.
INVITATION: COMMUNITY PRESENTATION AND GROUP DISCUSSIONS
Monday April 15 2019 at École Évangéline
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The consultant’s Draft of the Phase 2 Report, Recommendations & Municipal Restructuring Plan, will be the subject of thispublic meeting.
The presentation and group discussions will address the following important subjects:
- Why restructure now?
- The composition of the municipal Council
- The benefits for everyone, the identified priorities
- The proposed tax rates, the budgets
Residents and business representatives of the area are invited to this session which will be conducted in both French and English.