New name in place for Dominion street
Elm Street Extension may soon be known as Marcia Street
The Cape Breton Regional Municipality general committee of council has approved a motion for a street renaming in Dominion.
The next step will be for notice of the decision to be mailed to affected property owners. The CBRM’s policy states property owners must be given 60 days notice of any changed civic address unless the property owner agrees to a shorter period.
In an issue paper prepared for council, planner Karen Neville noted a resident had approached the planning and development department requesting that the Elm Street Extension in Dominion be renamed Wayne Street in honour of his father.
According to the municipality’s civic addressing policy, the renaming of existing streets is discouraged unless it will reduce the likelihood of confusion in the event of an emergency.
Neville noted that as a result of the request being made, the department realized that the current naming system of Elm Street and Elm Street Extension doesn’t comply with CBRM policy and could result in confusion in the event of an emergency.
Neville noted that both Elm Street beyond civic addresses 67 and 70 and the Elm Street Extension fail to comply with the policy.
The policy states that a street renaming can only take place following public consultation with the affected residents. The man who had originally requested the name change was informed of the consultation and told all affected residents would have the opportunity to suggest a new name.
Many of the residents contacted suggested the name Marcia Street. Neville noted that, after consultation, Marcia Street was selected by the civic addressing co-ordinator.
“Naturally, it caused a little bit of concern in the community … people are concerned about driver’s licences, passports and everything have to be changed,” said Dist. 10 Coun. Darren Bruckschwaiger.
“Unfortunately, I have some unhappy neighbours, naturally one-half are upset and the others are happy.”
He noted the girl for whom the street will be renamed died of leukemia.
“It’s going to be fitting at the end that this street is named after her but, again, it causes some issues in the community and I feel that somehow we have to as a planning department and as CBRM council make sure that these things are looked at so that councillors don’t have to
be faced with these things in the future,” Bruckschwaiger said.
He suggested the municipality has to be proactive to search out street names and see which ones need to be fixed. He suggested an issue paper from staff should be prepared to see how that could be addressed. An amendment to the motion to address street naming across the CBRM was also approved.
The Cape Breton Regional Municipality general committee of council has approved a motion to rename Elm Street Extension in Dominion to Marcia Street.