UW-Extension to host workshop on legal aspects of boundary agreements
From 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 3, local government law educator Philip Freeberg, J.D., from the
UW Extension's Local Government Center, will lead a workshop on the legal aspects of
intergovernmental cooperation, including considerations for boundary agreements.
Intergovernmental Cooperation is the general name for two or more governments finding mutual
benefit through cooperation. The potential benefits from intergovernmental cooperation include
shared services, improved planning outcomes, reduced costs, and beneficial boundary
agreements. However, cooperative arrangements also need to carefully consider a range of
legal issues as well as the framework for initiating and carrying intergovernmental discussions.
Intergovernmental cooperation is built upon identification of mutually important or beneficial
issues, trust and cooperative dialogue. The process can range significantly in time depending
upon how complicated the issues are, how attuned the parties are to finding a solution, and the
legal hurdles that must be overcome.
Freeberg teaches participants about these issues, including identifying opportunities for intergovernmental cooperation, legal issues impacting design and implementation of intergovernmental cooperation, potential impact on local financial situations, expectation and evidence of benefits, and framing cooperative issues appropriately. A case study approach will be used for participants to work through the details of a sample process.
This workshop is presented as the final part of a series of intergovernmental cooperation topics.
Previous topics have included land use planning and zoning, water pollution trading and
anaerobic digester biorefinery systems. This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in the
topic of intergovernmental cooperation, especially elected officials and practitioners.
The workshop will be held at the St. Croix County Agriculture Services Center, 1960 Eighth Ave., Baldwin. Contact Eric Biltonen, UW Extension at 715-531-1941 for questions or details.
Please register at: https://goo.gl/forms/WSpuW91yYGpBcCVT2 . (Enrollment is limited to 50