Councillors ask for more details about sustainability plan
SYDNEY — Councillors expressed concerns over the lack of details during the latest update of the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
Friday’s meeting was arranged to bring councillors up to speed on the plan schedule and to give them an outline of the final components of the consultation program.
However, concerns surfaced while John Heseltine of Stantec Consulting was outlining proposed economic objectives.
“ We have to appear we are trying to do something for ourselves here,” said Coun. Darren Bruckschwaiger.
“I wanted this thing to be a plan for us and I’m not seeing it yet.”
Coun. Kim Deveaux added that she was looking for a list of actions that can be taken.
“I’m looking for what our role as council is. I’m not really seeing that.”
Heseltine told the councillors that details would be available in the final report, as will specific actions.
“Hopefully the final document will come close to what you want to see,” he said. “ Whether or not we can come up with an economic strategy we can assure will restore CBRM economy to what it was, I am not certain. We are trying to consider ideas put forth in the community.”
The plan is following a template from Service Nova Scotia, assured Doug Foster, the CBRM’s planning director.
“ You are looking for more details and specifics,” Foster said. “ You are going to get specifics in the report.”
CBRM’s sustainability plan needs to be finalized by March 30 if the municipality is to qualify for $28 million in federal gas tax revenue. A draft is due by March 2.
Friday’s meeting also outlined other objectives to be included in the report, including social, cultural, environmental and governance.
For more details, visit the CBRM website — www.cbrm.ns.ca — and click on the integrated community sustainability plan link to the left of the screen.