The Municipality is required by s. 369 of the Municipal Government Act to conduct a review of its polling districts every 8 years. The current review is taking place this year in preparation for the next Municipal Election in 2024.
The first phase of the review is to determine if the current 5 municipal polling districts are still the appropriate number. The second part of the review will look at the districts to make sure that there are about the same number of voters in each district. The target is for districts to be within +/-10% of each other. Any variance exceeding this target must be justified by the Municipality in its application to the Board. Factors that may support higher variances include the need to accommodate population density, community of interest or geographic size.
In January, Council passed a motion directing the CAO “to commence the boundary review with the intention of retaining the status quo with minor changes being made where necessary and with particular attention being given to the boundary between District 2 and District 5 in the Oak Park – Riverhead area, as that boundary has caused some confusion to residents in the past.” (C220101)
Although status quo is the intended outcome, public consultation is an inherent part of the review. The type and amount of consultation is within council’s discretion, but it should give members of the public an opportunity to express their views on the size of their council or upon the location of boundaries municipal polling districts.
For this reason, we would like to hear from you in person or online as follows:
Open houses were held on July 13, 20 and 27 throughout the Municipality. At these open houses, staff provided background information on the review, answered questions and recorded feedback from participants.
The survey is now closed. The deadline to submit responses was July 31, 2022.
|Dsitrict 1||West - Charlesville to Lower Shag Harbour||Map|
|District 2||Central - Bear Point to Barrington West||Map|
|District 3||West Bay - North East Point to West Head||Map|
|District 4||East Bay - The Hawk to Clam Point||Map|
|District 5||East - Barrington to Clyde River||Map|
On September 27, 2022, Council directed the CAO to draft an application to the UARB to confirm the present number of councillors at 5 and further to confirm the boundaries of the polling districts with an amendment to the boundary between Districts 2 and 5 that would see District 2 take in all of the Oak Park Road. In this case, the boundary for District 5 would be adjusted to stop at the intersection of Oak Park Road and River Road, near the Esso Gas Station.
On Demceber 22, 2023, our application was submitted to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. The application can be viewed default here (14.53 MB) .