Works & Services Agreements, Latecomer Agreements and Local Area Services
One of the most important purposes of local governments is to provide services for the benefit of the community. This core purpose is enshrined in section 185 the Local Government Act (“Purpose of Regional Districts”) and in section 7 of the Community Charter (“Municipal Purpose”). Both pieces of legislation use a broad definition of services that includes an “activity, work or facility.” While the definition encompasses a vast range of possible undertakings, almost all share the same central need: funding. This is especially true when those activities, works, or facilities require infrastructure. In fact, in the case of some ‘works’, the infrastructure practically is the services.