Roscommon and Westmeath County Councils will begin formal discussions on the measures outlined in the Boundary Review next week.
The Department of Local Government has written to both Chief Executives requesting that a scoping process begins to consider the details of actions, measures, processes and resources required to deliver the recommendations in the report published in last December.
These include developing a joint retail strategy and a joint local area plan between the two authorities for the Athlone, Monksland and Bealnamulla areas and reports to be prepared on all local authority services with a view to one service delivery plan for the area.
Officials are also asked to indicate measurable targets for the outcomes, and timescales for completing the actions required for the implementation of the recommendations.
The Department says that this scoping exercise needs to be complete by the end of March for a report to be considered by the government which is to be submitted by the middle of 2017.
Chief Executive Eugene Cummins says the first meeting between officials will take place next Wednesday, February 1st , and he will continue to brief councillors regularly on all developments.
He will also meet with the Save Roscommon group to consider their position on the measures to be implemented.