Guysborough planning for the future

GUYSBOROUGH: Municipal council is in the early stages of establishing a strategic plan for the area.

During last night’s regular monthly meeting of council for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, members approved MacPherson Roche Smith and Associates as the consultants to establish a five year strategic plan for the municipality. The cost of the plan is just under $30,000.

Following the meeting, Warden Vernon Pitts said the municipality has been without a plan for a long time and it’s time to consult with residents and let them have a say into the planning process.

Pitts said he expects to have a strategic planning session in early spring, followed by input from residents. Then the consultants and senior staff will compile the information and present it to council for approval, which Pitts expects to happen by late summer next year.

Pitts said the plan will research what people want to see from the municipality in the future and set a list of priorities.

“I assure you, there will be an opportunity for residential input into this,” he said.

“I expect there will be an open house or two held throughout the municipality. Residents will have their input, it will be considered, evaluated, and we will take it from there.”

When asked if the plan will include provisions for Mulgrave, which is expected to begin the dissolution hearings with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board in March, Pitts said he doesn’t think that community will be a part of the equation.

“We’re not exactly sure where [the Mulgrave] file is going to end up,” added the warden.