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(a) The social, cultural, and economic characteristics and activities of the people in a proposed borough must be interrelated and integrated. In this regard, the commission may consider relevant factors, including the
(1) compatibility of urban and rural areas within the proposed borough;
(2) compatibility of economic lifestyles, and industrial or commercial activities;
(3) existence throughout the proposed borough of customary and simple transportation and communication patterns; and
(4) extent and accommodation of spoken language differences throughout the proposed borough.
(b) Absent a specific and persuasive showing to the contrary, the commission will presume that a sufficient level of interrelationship cannot exist unless there are at least two communities in the proposed borough.
(c) The communications media and the land, water, and air transportation facilities throughout the proposed borough must allow for the level of communications and exchange necessary to develop an integrated borough government. In this regard, the commission may consider relevant factors, including
(1) transportation schedules and costs;
(2) geographical and climatic impediments;
(3) telephonic and teleconferencing facilities; and
(4) electronic media for use by the public.
(d) Absent a specific and persuasive showing to the contrary, the commission will presume that communications and exchange patterns are insufficient unless all communities within a proposed borough are connected to the seat of the proposed borough by a public roadway, regular scheduled airline flights on at least a weekly basis, regular ferry service on at least a weekly basis, a charter flight service based in the proposed borough, or sufficient electronic media communications.
History: Eff. 10/12/91, Register 120; am 5/19/2002, Register 162
Authority: Art. X, sec. 12,
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