08/28/2015 14:08 EDT | Updated 08/28/2016 01:12 EDT

Four Nova Scotia municipalities file plan to amalgamate with regulator

ANTIGONISH, N.S. — A proposal for a regional government in Nova Scotia's Pictou County is now in the hands of provincial regulators.

The Pictou County Municipality and the towns of New Glasgow, Stellarton and Pictou have submitted a conditional application to voluntarily amalgamate.

The application has been filed now in order to meet targets for municipal elections next year.

Approval of the application will be subject to the outcome of public consultation, including a plebiscite scheduled for May of next year.

Pictou County Warden Ron Baillie says the proposed new regional council will be much smaller that the combined four municipal governments.

Baillie says it's time for a new model of governance because the status quo isn't working.


The Canadian Press

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