CBRM and Cape Breton Partnership seek community input on municipal planning and economic development plan

August 20, 2021

Open House events planned for week of August 23-27

SYDNEY, NS – The Cape Breton Regional Municipality and the Cape Breton Partnership are seeking community input for the municipality’s collaborative city planning initiative called “CBRM Forward”. 

A series of open houses will be held across the CBRM next week, beginning with the Port of Sydney (August 23), followed by the Fireman’s Club in North Sydney (August 25), and concluding at the Miners Forum in Glace Bay (August 26). 

Additional “pop-up” events will take place throughout the CBRM with both morning and afternoon sessions. In-person events will be held in accordance with public health guidelines. 

Phase One of the two-year project is currently underway to develop an economic development strategy to address investment and business growth, as well as a growth management strategy to address immigration and population.

The ongoing engagement will also be used to guide an update to the Municipal Planning Strategy and development bylaws setting the vision for how and where CBRM will develop in the future. 

Together, these strategies will create a unified vision for the future of the community. 

A preliminary round of community engagement took place between April 6 and May 14, 2021, and provided the foundation for the Economic Development Strategy and Growth Management Strategy.

A new round of consultation, scheduled for the week of August 23–27, will continue to explore the community’s ideas for the CBRM’s future while introducing the draft approaches to Economic Development and Growth.

“We are excited to be partnering with the CBRM on this latest phase of CBRM Forward and to hear from residents and businesses on their priorities,” says Carla Arsenault, President & CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership. “It is important to us that residents of the CBRM are given ample opportunity to provide input on the process and know they are essential to the future development of CBRM.” 

“This work is so important for our community, to make sure every resident has the opportunity to be heard, and to articulate their vision for the future of CBRM,” said CBRM Mayor Amanda McDougall. “When we ask ourselves, ‘how do we remove barriers to development and growth?’ and ‘how do we make CBRM a truly welcoming place for new ideas and new businesses?’ we need to be asking the people with the relevant lived experience — and those are the residents of the CBRM, both new and long-time residents alike.” 

For more information please visit the project website: www.cbrmforward.ca

Open House:
Sydney Location: Port of Sydney, Sydney
Date: Monday, August 23, 2021
Time: 6pm to 8pm 

Open House: North Sydney
Location: Fireman's Club
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Time: 6pm to 8pm 

Open House: Glace Bay
Location: Miners Forum, Glace Bay
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Time: 6pm to 8pm

Further public engagement pop-up sites for CBRM Forward public consultations: 

August 23
Sydney Waterfront
From 9am to 11:30am 

August 23
Wentworth Park, Sydney
From 2pm to 4:30pm 

August 25
Florence Post Office
We'll be set up outside the Post Office in Florence from 9am to 11am 

August 25
North Side Library
We'll be set up outside the North Side Library in North Sydney from 1pm to 4pm 

August 26
Savoy Theatre, Glace Bay
We'll be set up outside the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay from 9am to 11am 

August 26
New Waterford Post Office
We'll be set up outside the Post Office in New Waterford from 1pm to 4pm 

August 26
Dominion Beach
From 1pm to 4pm 

August 27
Louisbourg Post Office
We'll be set up outside the Post Office in Louisbourg from 10am to Noon 

August 27
Mira Gut Beach
From 1pm to 4pm 

August 28
Cape Breton Farmers Market
We'll be set up outside in the lower parking lot from 9am to 1pm