five common themes
4. Governance The North Country Working Groups identified regional governance to mean local government collaboration and networking. The groups recognized that the size of the region can be a limiting factor for establishing communications, and that a useful outcome of this plan would be to provide ways of improving communication between local governments. Knowledge sharing will enable communities and governments to discuss best practices and collaborate on securing resources while also working to duplicate successful projects and programs. Strengthened communications among townships, municipalities and counties will improve opportunities to support changes in policy and other governance mechanisms. For example, when a bridge is built on a federal or state road, local communities need to be able to inform designers and engineers of their own development expectations over time, which could have an impact on permeable surfaces upstream of the bridge and on the volume of runoff that could impact the structural integrity of the bridge, either directly through flow or through added river-damaging scouring. Flexible governance strategies that consider downstream impacts from proposed projects, or changes in infrastructure or planning requirements, are very important for communities seeking to maximize their economic development opportunities while reducing their vulnerability to unexpected events. Standard practices and standardized, regulated requirements, often established to span communities without localized input, need to become adaptable and open to localized negotiation and change.
North Country Region Sustainability Plan