County to Reveal New Plan and Bylaws
The Municipality of Cumberland is ready to reveal its draft plan for the county. Known as “The Plan Cumberland project”, the county has scheduled a number of public meetings to gather feedback on the new Municipal Planning Strategy (“MPS” or “Plan”).
Developed with input from residents, business owners, and elected officials, the MPS lays out guides and rules for how and where businesses, homes, farms, and new infrastructure can and should happen.
The Plan contains Council’s vision and policies for how land uses will develop and operate in the coming years. Two companion documents, the Land Use By-law and Subdivision By-law, are the regulations that put this vision and these policies into action.
Warden Allison Gillis is excited for what the Plan means for the future of Cumberland. He says, “This Plan seeks to guide land uses in a way that lays the ground work for economic and social development. We want our planning policies to enable small business and farms, not get in the way. The Plan is the foundation for putting other policies or programs in place to help provide tangible solutions in our communities.”
Nelson Bezanson, the Plan Cumberland project coordinator, is looking forward to hearing what people think about the new policies. He says, “The Municipality has worked hard over the past year to hear peoples’ thoughts on how Cumberland should develop. Now we’re really excited to find out if people think we got it right, and how we can improve.”
Over the next few weeks, the Municipality will host public meetings throughout the County. Residents are invited to learn about the MPS and see how the Land Use By-law is applied to their properties.
Planners will be at the meetings to answer questions and get feedback that will be integrated in the final plan. Anyone interested can review the project website www.plancumberland.ca, visit one of the municipal offices, or call toll-free to 1-888-756-6262.