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Pennfield Rural Plan

1The Pennfield Rural Plan (including Beaver Harbour) is currently being updated.  A Rural Plan is a land use planning tool that helps each community set goals and strategies about how it will grow and develop. It balances the interests of individual property owners with the wider interests and objectives of the whole community.

A Rural Plan can:

  • Define and enhance community character;
  • Reflect land use concerns affecting social, economic and environmental issues;
  • Guide future development according to community need and direction;
  • Minimize the potential for conflicting land uses;
  • Protect land values; and
  • Establish formal public consultation opportunities for a community’s representatives, residents, land owners, organizations, and stakeholders, regarding the appropriateness of proposed land use changes to the area.

Updating a Rural Plan is a participatory process involving the whole community and facilitated by the professional planning staff at the Southwest New Brunswick Service Commission (SNBSC). It does not cause a change in assessment or taxes.

PROPOSED Zoning map of Pennfield/Beaver Harbour: (Click here to download a more detailed .pdf file )

Presentation to Pennfield & Beaver Harbour LSD

Contents of a Rural Plan

As outlined in section 52 of the Community Planning Act

  • Residential uses
  • Commercial uses
  • Institutional uses
  • Recreational facilities and public open spaces
  • Resource uses
  • Protection of water supplies
  • Heritage buildings and sites of historical or archeological interest
  • Conservation of the physical environment
  • Zoning provisions (and map) prescribing the purposes for which land, buildings, and structures in a zone may be used and prohibit the use of land, buildings, and structures for any other purpose

The objectives outlined in a rural plan are the goals of the community. They are a vision of where the community wants to see itself in the future. Some objectives may deal with preserving rural character, others with promoting orderly growth and still others with protecting the environment.

How is a Rural Plan updated?

Working with a steering committee or working group comprised of local residents and the LSD Advisory Committee members, a planner will help determine the community’s objectives and vision for social, economic and environmental land uses and how these activities will impact community planning in their area.  Dissemination of information is ongoing and all community members are encouraged to participate in the process at any time throughout the development of the rural plan.

For more, contact Alexander Gopen, Planner: email alexander.gopen@snbsc.ca, 466-7369 ext 7.