Coun­cil­lors ask for more de­tails about sus­tain­abil­ity plan

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS/WEATHER - BY GREG MCNEIL gm­c­neil@cb­post.com

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.

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