GUYSBOROUGH: The warden says 2018 could be a big year for the area.

Following December’s regular monthly meeting, Guysborough Warden Vernon Pitts reflected on the last 12 months and looked forward to the next 12.

Pitts listed highlights of the last year, including the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex (CLC) contract award to award to Marco Construction at $8.9 million, $1.5 million in wastewater upgrades for Guysborough, the tender award for Hazel Hill Sewer upgrades, cost-shared paving for Old Riverside Road, water treatment upgrades for Canso, a new compost facility design at the Guysborough Waste Management Facility with construction scheduled for 2018, and others.

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“This spring we’re going to look at the grand opening of our Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex,” he said. “To me, that is a major accomplishment. That’s going to be a showcase project for the municipality I think.”

As for things coming in 2018, the warden pointed to a number of projects including Goldboro LNG, Melford Atlantic Gateway, Black Point Aggregate, Maritime Launch Services, and Anaconda Mining.

In a release, Pitts stated Goldboro LNG’s final engineering and site-preparation will be completed in the coming months which could lead to a final investment decision, while the Melford Atlantic Gateway project continues to finalize plans in advance of their a final investment decision, with the completion of all permitting, securing the services of an operator in SSA Marine, and finalizing a labour agreement for the development.

“They continue to move forward so something is going to happen and it’s going to happen very shortly,” Pitts said of Goldboro LNG.

He also stated Vulcan Materials anticipates a final investment decision by the middle of the 2018 while Anaconda Mining working on a 6,000 meter drilling program in Goldboro, with the aim to bring a mine into production within two years.

As for MLS, Pitts said the company is looking at the possibility of shovels in the ground in 2018.

Pitts also said staff is working on the five year review of the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw and he expects changes in the spring to include provisions for developments such as the proposed rocket launch site.