The Saskatchewan government says it wants to be able to step in if local governments fight over planning and economic development — something that happens from time to time across the province.
On Thursday, the government unveiled amendments to The Planning and Development Act that will give it the power to force warring municipalities to sit down together on joint planning commissions.
In recent years, there have been a number of such disputes around the province, including one between the city of Regina and the nearby rural municipality of Sherwood.
At one point, the RM of Sherwood wanted to put a tire storage facility west of the city, but the city objected.
The two municipalities used to have a joint planning commission, but relations broke down.
Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter said he hopes municipal governments can work things out on their own, but if that doesn't happen, the province wants the power to compel them to co-operate.
"In most cases we have great co-operation between municipalities, but in some instances that just isn't the case," he said.
"We want to ensure that growth opportunities for the province aren't lost because we may have some conflict between municipalities."
The new act, which received first reading in the legislature Thursday, will create a committee to solve disputes that will include representatives from local goverments and the province.