The Commission provides the following services :
The Regional Service Commission provides land use planning services to all municipalities and Local service districts in its territory. This function includes the development of rural plans, the administration and enforcement of the plans, the issuance of building permits, conducting building inspections, and the approval of subdivisions, etc. The Commission encourages local service districts to develop common integrated plans, where possible and appropriate.
All municipalities and rural Communities obtain their local planning services from the Commission.
Restigouche Regional Service Commission provides solid waste disposal services to the Municipalities, Rural Communities and Local Service Districts within our region, a role that was performed by the Restigouche Solid Waste Corporation. This includes the operation of the transfer station, as well as the coordination of various recycling programs, the handling of hazardous waste and the promotion of composting.
The Regional Service Commission is responsible for the development of a Regional Plan, the aim of which would be to better coordinate and manage development and land use within the region. More specifically, the Regional Plan will focus on strategies that focus sustainable development practices, that encourage coordinated development between communities, that influence and guide the location of significant infrastructure (e.g., major roadways, facilities, trails), and that enhance coordination of commercial/industrial development. The Regional Plan will also serve as an important tool in better managing, protecting and harmonizing urban and rural landscapes and resources.
- Regional Policing Collaboration
The Regional Service Commission will serve as a forum through which the effectiveness and efficiency of policing services is reviewed and evaluated on a regional basis. In addition, the Commission will identify issues of common concern within the region and provide direction on priorities for policing services. The Regional Service Commission will also identify ways in which police forces within a region can work together to share costs, reduce duplication and generally build stronger linkages with one another.
- Regional Emergency Measures Planning
The Regional Service Commission will serve as the vehicle through which Municipalities, Rural Communities and Local Service Districts will plan, coordinate and pool resources on a regional basis in order to enable more effective responses to emergency situations. This will involve working closely with the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NB EMO) to develop regional emergency protocols (specifying mutual assistance agreements between communities), providing assistance in developing and maintaining local emergency measures plans, and facilitating training initiatives for regional and inter-regional emergency responses.
- Regional Sport, Recreational, and Cultural Infrastructure Planning and Cost-Sharing
The Regional Service Commission is responsible for facilitating the planning and cost-sharing of major sport, recreational and cultural facilities within the region.
The Commission is the entity through which Municipalities, Rural Communities and Local Service Districts come together to identify and reach consensus on the need, the scope and the financing required for such new facilities (could include the expansion/renovation of existing facilities). Such agreements could be developed by the Commission on a fully regional or on a sub-regional basis and would cover both initial capital and ongoing operational costs. In order to secure provincial funding, the project proponents will be required to obtain support from those communities expected to benefit from the facilities.
The commission is required to meet any provincial or other established standards associated with the services being delivered.
The Regional Service Commission is also able to provide other services as agreed to by our member communities on either a regional (all commission members) or sub-regional basis (one or more interested members, depending on the service). These services could include local planning services or corporate services, such as bulk purchasing, or purchasing equipment, for interested Municipalities and Rural Communities. Our Commission will also continue to provide various land use planning services to individuals, such as issuing building permits.
The new Commission may facilitate and oversee arrangements and agreements between communities for cost-sharing on services and infrastructure. For example, there may be a need to build a new, renovate, or repair an existing sports facility within the region. The community which is building, renovating or repairing this facility may be interested in having neighbouring communities which use the facility help pay for this facility. In these circumstances, the Commission could facilitate the dialogue between communities to determine interest, would development any agreements which result from that exercise, and manage those agreements on behalf of, and under the direction of, those affected communities.
- Collaboration on regional issues
One of the most important roles of the new Regional Service Commission is to collaborate on regional issues and service decisions, such as:
- Making regional planning decisions on the location of community-based infrastructure or land use which affects more than one community
- Accessing or applying for provincial and federal funding, where applicable, to benefit region-wide service delivery
- Working together to seek new investments within a region, including those with economic benefits
- Services to First Nations Communities
The regional services model enables service provision to those First Nations Communities which choose to purchase services. These arrangements will be developed in consultation with First Nations Communities and the provincial Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat.