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Pennfield & Beaver Harbour Rural Plan Update

October 1st Community Q&A/Information Session

On October 1st 2020 at 7:00 pm SNBSC held a community meeting for residents of Pennfield & Beaver Harbour to hear a presentation about the proposed rural plan update and to ask questions and provide input. Video recording is below.



Why Update the Current Plan?:

The present Pennfield Rural Plan 2009 is out of date and needs to be updated. These updates may be required to take place but generally they should happen every ten years.

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 strategic economic growth, and still others with protecting the environment.

How is a Rural Plan updated?

Working with the community, an SNBSC 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.  Updating a Rural Plan is a public process that involves the whole community and various Provincial Departments. An update is facilitated by the professional planning staff at the Southwest New Brunswick Service Commission (SNBSC).  An updated rural plan may be made into a new regulation by the Minister of Environment and Local Government (DELG), replacing the old one. Before final adoption is considered by the Minister of DELG, a formal public hearing is held to obtain the views of people in the 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.