Review of March 28, 2022 Committee of the Whole Meeting

ommittee of the Whole (COW) met in person on Monday, March 28, 2022. The meeting opened with a territorial acknowledgement.

Two rezoning applications were subject to public hearings. One rezoning request is to rezone a property at 3055 Kolbec Road into a combination of commercial recreation and country residential. The second rezoning request is to rezone a property at Wentworth-Collinwood Road from agricultural to recreational residential.

Two community organizations presented. Sunset Community provided council with an overview of their organization and future plans. The Joggins Citizen Committee updated council on their beautifications projects recently completed.

Two rezoning applications were presented to council. Both will be considered for first reading at the March 30, 2022 council meeting with public hearings scheduled for a later date. One property is located at 1713 Fenwick Rd., Fenwick, with the request to rezone a portion from rural resource to commercial recreation. The second property is located at 207 Spencer Island Rd., Spencer Island, with the request to rezone from country residential to commercial recreation.

At the February council meeting, staff were directed to create the appropriate amendments and documentation for further review regarding commercial development districts. Commercial development districts along with a tax phase in by-law is a method to phase in the effect of increased property assessments on new commercial capital investments in specified areas, that are serviced with municipal sewer and water, to encourage growth. Council will consider first reading of the amendments at the March 30, 2022, council meeting.

The current fire dispatch agreement with Valley Communications is due to expire on April 30, 2022. Staff suggest a one-year extension with a modest 2% increase to the base fee. The dispatch agreement was previously extended one-year in May 2021. Council will consider the proposed extension at the March 30th meeting.

The municipality has received requests from private woodlot owners and forest management co-ops to access landlocked woodlots through municipal property. Council authorized the CAO to enter into agreements for these circumstances to provide routine access when asked.

Section 39 of the Nova Scotia Accessibility Act requires every municipality to prepare an accessibility plan, to be adopted by March 31, 2022. An accessibility advisory committee has prepared a joint accessibility plan. Council forwarded the joint accessibility plan to the March 30th council meeting for approval and ratification and has also requested a staff report on the financial, human resource, logistics and policy implication of the plan by June 15, 2022.

Reports were provided from municipal directors regarding community development, finance, human resources and community facilities, engineering and operations, and the municipal clerk’s office.

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