In addition to the mandated services of Solid Waste and Land Planning, there are other obligations that have been assigned to the Regional Service Commission 8 through the Regional Service Delivery Act.
Specifically, the Commission must provide to its members a forum for discussion and action in three areas:
Regional Emergency Measures Planning, and
Regional Sport, Recreational and Cultural Infrastructure Planning and Cost Sharing
The Regional Service Delivery Act and the associated regulations are generally silent as to how Commissions are to become involved in these areas and, therefore, provides for flexibility for the Commission to identify their own needs, priorities and timetables.
The Regional Service Delivery Act also gives the Commissions flexibility in identifying needs within its member communities and developing or offering services of benefit to them. These types of services are completely voluntary (in terms of member communities agreeing to receive and pay for the services) and should generally be offered through the development of specific agreements with the particular communities.
This area offers great possibilities for the advancement of the Commissions in terms of supporting their member communities, finding efficiencies and improving local service effectiveness and quality in many areas such as tourism and economic development.