Planning and Development News

Approval of a Road Naming Policy

On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, Municipal Council approved Policy 25 – Road Naming Policy. The purpose of the Road Naming Policy is to establish procedures for naming or renaming new or existing streets and roads in the Municipality of the County of Antigonish.

This policy is administered by the Bryan Butts, Civic Addressing Coordinator at the Eastern District Planning Commission.  Mr. Butts can be reached at bbutts@edpc.ca or toll free at 1-888-625-5361.

Canadian Institute of Planners ‘Great Places in Canada’ Contest Award

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Canadian Institute of Planners ‘Great Places in Canada’ contest awards plaque to Antigonish library for ‘Great Public Spaces’ category win

(Antigonish, Nova Scotia): February 17, 2015 – One more item will be hung on the wall of the Antigonish Town and County Library/The People’s Place Library as their ‘Great Places in Canada’ plaque for winning the contest in the Great Public Places category takes place Friday, February 20 at 4:30pm in the library. Originally nominated for the contest’s ‘People’s Choice’ award by library patron Beth Schumacher, in early November it was announced the library was a winner in the contest’s ‘Great Public Space’ category. The news came as a pleasant surprise for library staff and supporters.

“To even be nominated for this is an honour in itself – and it’s a reminder to us how important libraries are in our communities but also how important communities are to our libraries locally, nationally, and internationally. The creativity on the walls, the community input we had when the library was in the planning and development stages along with all the support we had from the community after our nomination – we really can’t thank people enough!” says Eric Stackhouse, Chief Librarian for the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library.

The award for ‘Canada’s Great Public Space’ was a title well-deserved according to contest judge Ann Kjerulf, also a Senior Planner with Cowichan Valley Regional District in British Columbia.

“Antigonish Town & County Library (The People’s Place Library) in Antigonish is more than just a library,” says judge Ann Kjerulf. “The product of a collaborative planning process, it is a focal point of community life, offering programs and services to people of all ages in a safe, welcoming and barrier-free environment. The People’s Place is recognized for its exceptional design which celebrates the work of local artists and craftspeople and incorporates numerous green features. This is truly a great public space (excerpt from CIP ‘Great Places in Canada’ news release).”

The win wouldn’t have been possible without Schumacher nominating the library in the contest, and she will also be recognized at this event. The Honourable Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture, and Heritage will also speak at the event.  For more information, please contact the library at (902) 863-4276.

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Media contacts – Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

Eric Stackhouse, Chief Librarian
Email: estackho@nsngp.library.ns.ca
Phone: (902) 755-6031

Kristel Fleuren-Hunter
Children’s Services Librarian and Antigonish Librarian, Antigonish Town and County Library
Email: kfhunter@nsngp.library.ns.ca
Phone: (902) 863-2486
Cell: (902) 971-0979

Media Contacts – Canadian Institute of Planners ‘Great Places in Canada’ contest

Niki Kerimova
Email: niki@prpost.ca
Phone: 416-777-0368

Megan Stephens
Email: megan@prpost.ca
Phone: 416-777-0368

Review of Planning Services

UPDATE: Thank you to all those who participated in the review of the Municipality’s Planning Services.  A report was prepared by ATLANPlan Inc, and reviewed by Municipal Council.  The report provided an evaluation of the current services provided by the Eastern District Planning Commission (EDPC) and proposed a number of ways to improve those services based on the feedback received. The ATLANPlan report also recommended the Municipality continue its relationship with the EDPC and Council unanimously accepted the recommendations of the report.