February 25, 2020; Liverpool, NS: Today, the Municipality of the Region of Queens reached an important milestone in the Queens Planning for the Future project, and is seeking public feedback on the draft Municipal Planning Strategy (“MPS” or “Plan”). Developed with input from residents, business owners, and elected officials, the Plan guides planning for land uses and the services that support them, to make the best use of limited resources and to address the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow. Specifically, the document guides how and where businesses, homes, agriculture, and new infrastructure can and should happen.
The Municipal Planning Strategy contains the overarching vision and policies—established in consultation with residents and business owners—for how land uses will develop and operate in the coming years. Two companion documents, the Land Use Bylaw and Subdivision Bylaw, put this vision and these policies into action through nuts-and-bolts regulations. This Plan will also be used to inform other bylaws, plans, and capital investments (infrastructure) in the Region of Queens. The documents can be viewed online at the project website, below.
“Community planning is critical for the future growth of Region of Queens Municipality,” said Mayor David Dagley. “The revised MPS, Land Use Bylaw and Subdivision Bylaw help to steer economic development, as well as future growth and development of our neighbourhoods. They also provide members of our communities with direction for usage of their properties while respecting our environment.”
Mike MacLeod, Director of Planning and Development, is looking forward to hearing what people think about the new policies. “The Region has worked hard over the past year to hear peoples’ thoughts on how Queens 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 Region will be hosting public meetings throughout Queens. Residents are invited to learn about the Plan and see how the Land Use Bylaw 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 and Land Use Bylaw.
The draft plan is posted online: www.queensplan.com Public meetings have been planned to so residents can learn what is new and provide feedback to the draft plan. Each meeting will start with a presentation, followed by a Q and A, and open house. Dates and locations will be posted on www.queensplan.com , www.regionofqueens.com , and on Region of Queens Municipality’s Facebook and Twitter pages.