Open House - Development of Accessibility Plan

OPEN HOUSE
RE: DEVELOPMENT OF ACCESSIBILITY PLAN

 

An Open House will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., in the Multi-Purpose Room, in the Administrative Centre, located at 2447 Highway 3, Barrington, NS, to receive public input to assist with the development of an Accessibility Plan for the Municipality.

The plan will outline our commitment and achievements to date and will also identify future actions to be taken to address existing barriers within our communities.
Please drop by on October 20th to provide your input and to obtain information on requirements of the Nova Scotia Accessibility Act.

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Accessibility Survey

Under the NS Accessibility Act, the Municipality of Barrington is required to develop an Accessibility Plan by April 1, 2022. Over the past 6 months, the Accessibility Advisory Committee has been developing a plan that will outline our commitment and achievements to date and will also identify future actions to be taken to address existing barriers within our municipality. One requirement of the act that is essential for a successful Accessibility Plan is consultation with the community. We are therefore requesting members of the public to complete this Accessibility Survey to help us identify strengths and weaknesses.

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Public Participation Meeting

In accordance with Section 205(4) of the Municipal Government Act and the Public Participation Program Policy of the Municipality of the District of Barrington, the Planning Advisory Committee will hold a Public Participation Meeting to discuss and receive oral and written presentations from the public concerning the following:

Proposed amendments to the Land Use By-law to clarify and strengthen current regulations relating to agricultural uses such as differentiating between agriculture activity which is accessory to a main residential use versus primary use of land and standards for various types of agricultural activities and structures (barns, pastures, manure storage areas, etc.).

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Municipality Restructures Water Assistance Response Plan  

BARRINGTON, NS, - In light of the below average amounts of rain recently and the potential for another drought, the Municipality is advising the public that it has restructured its assistance response plan.

CAO Chris Frotten explains that “although we are proud of our response in the past, it is not sustainable to continue assisting in the same manner. These measures were temporary in nature and do not address the long-term issue. In addition, it put on undue burden on many volunteers for an extended period of time. With extremely dry weather in the last 5 years, this is no longer an emergency. It is more of a new normal that we must all prepare accordingly for.”

In the event that drought conditions are experienced by a large number of residents, the Municipality will provide the following assistance:

  • A non-drinking water source at the RV station on Sherose Island
  • Shower use at the Sandy Wickens Memorial Arena

Unlike past years, the Municipality or its Fire Departments will not be providing water deliveries, water sources at its fire halls, distributing drinking water or providing laundry services at the arena.

Warden Nickerson “reminds residents to keep an eye on their neighbors, especially those living alone or in a vulnerable situation. If need be, we can help some with resources and options if they are significantly affected.”

As noted, the Municipality recognizes that there are vulnerable individuals/households in its communities that do not have the means to address the issue on their own. It is committed to continuing to help them within reason and this assistance will be determined on a case-by-case basis. All inquiries related to special assistance should be sent directly to Dwayne Hunt, EMO Coordinator at or by calling 902-637-2015.

A reminder to all residents that the Municipality has a Water Supply Upgrade Lending program which can assist residents finance a new well. For information on this program, residents can contact the municipal office at (902) 637-2015 or visit https://barringtonmunicipality.com/Municipal-Services/water-shortage-assistance.

In addition to the municipal program, Housing Nova Scotia also offers a variety of programs for emergency repairs as well as repairs related to health and safety. More information on these programs can be found at: https://housing.novascotia.ca/programs/financial-assistance-and-grant-programs-homeowners.

 

Media Contact: 
Chris Frotten, CAO
902-637-2015

Notice of Approval

TAKE NOTICE that Council of the Municipality of the District of Barrington, on April 26, 2021, approved the following:

1. Amendments to the Land Use By-law to add the definition of a lobster storage facility and to identify approved zones and setbacks for these facilities.
2. The Application received from Duramax Holdings Inc. to establish a lounge in the Commercial General (CG) Zone, on their property located at 3412 Highway 3, in Barrington Passage, AAN 10260841, by Development Agreement, as per the Land Use By-law.

Documentation and the Development Agreement can be inspected by any interested person between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, exclusive of holidays, at the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer.

Further take notice that an appeal of the above decisions must be filed with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, Box 1692, Unit “M”, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3S3, (1-855-422-4448) not later than fourteen (14) days from the date of this publication, since after that date, if there are no appeals, amendments to the Land Use By-law will become effective and the Development Agreement will be signed.