An agreement between a local government and county government for county government to provide certain ministerial functions (help prepare local land-use regulations, help with adopting comprehensive and other kinds of plans). Counties have the authority to adopt their own plans, create boards and commissions, invest in and manage infrastructure. For local and county agreements, both entities must adopt a written agreement. Counties adopt land-use plans, review and comment on certain local land-use actions including subdivision applications and septic and sewer projects. Establish and manage water and sewer districts; construct and manage infrastructure such as roads, bridges, sewer and water facilities, build and maintain other public facilities (parks, greenways, etc.).
Help provide support for communities without resources for planning. Coordinate planning around issues larger than the municipality.
County resources may themselves be limited. In the case of local and county agreements, county’s authority is advisory only so that local authority is not compromised. Relies on continued political support.
Enables communities to coordinate their actions on larger issues such as economic development, natural resource protection and affordable housing.
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