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The two Towns have discussed amalgamation dating back to 2007 and the idea was first explored as far back as 1986. Amalgamation is the process to restructure the Towns into one new municipality. This focuses on managing assets and services from one perspective, providing the greatest opportunity to achieve shared objectives. While there has not been any official changes to the municipalities, each new conversation has built on their collaborative efforts, resulting in the Friendship Agreement of 2012.
The Towns look to build on the Friendship Agreement to create a framework for moving forward to strengthen their collaborative efforts rather than competing for resources and opportunities. As independent communities, Black Diamond and Turner Valley could continue to co-exist with a “business as usual” approach or they could reimagine ways to pool their resources and develop coordinated plans and strategies to deliver services.
As a step toward a unified community, the Towns have developed a shared vision and set of principles and objectives to help guide decisions.
Council for Black Diamond accepted the study on August 2, 2017.