Saint Andrews lays out goals for next decade

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Saint Andrews has approved two plans which will guide the town in future decision-making.

"This was a massive piece of work, both of these documents, that will guide this town for the next 10 years," said Mayor Doug Naish.

Both the municipal plan and secondary municipal plan were passed at a council meeting on Wednesday.

Town clerk Paul Nopper said the plans were in the works for two to three years.

"Thousands of hours have gone into developing this," said Deputy Mayor Brad Henderson.

The municipal plan outlines the priorities and objectives for town services and facilities, and contains policies and proposals to guide and control the town's economic, social, and physical development.

Its vision outlines the plan's core: "Saint Andrews is, and will continue to be, a dynamic community for residents of all ages and backgrounds: a centre of education and science; a leading year-round destination; and a vibrant home for arts and culture. This vision will be achieved by protecting and promoting our natural environment, our architectural heritage, and our recreational, cultural, and economic assets.

Among the 36-page plan's goals are housing, transportation, maintaining and enhancing the heritage and business district and the environment.

The town wants to offer safe and effective transportation routes for all users. It aims to adapt to climate change and protect the town's natural environment and natural resources and it wants to offer sustainable municipal services.

The importance of the heritage buildings are not left behind. The plan states the town should maintain and enhance the built heritage of the town, specifically the Town Plat and Historic Business District, in addition to ensuring new buildings are compatible with the town form and the municipality has an efficient use of municipal infrastructure.

Concerning residential dwellings, the town wants to foster a "healthy mix" of residences that reflect the needs of all ages, lifestyles, and incomes.

The town's municipal plan states it should support activities for all ages by maintaining and enhancing artistic, cultural and recreational assets, while also sustaining and growing economic and commercial opportunities to meet the current and future needs of residents and visitors. The town aims to support institutions that contribute to the community's wellbeing.

The town also wants to obtain the World Health Organization's Age-Friendly Community status.

The plan can be amended at any time, as long as it meets requirements set by the Community Planning Act.

Municipal plans are reviewed every 10 years.

Meanwhile, the secondary municipal plan provides guidelines to "maintain the historic character" of the Town Plat, Historic Business District and Environs, said Nopper. This includes specifics on building height, materials, design and more.

Henderson said early in the process, council was receiving letters of objections, and there were some concerns brought up. However, he said thanks to a couple adjustments made by council, residents appear to be happy as there were no objections coming into the third reading.

He said council was able to adapt and make adjustments while still sticking to the spirit of the plan.

"There's so much to be proud of so congratulations to everyone," said Henderson.

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Caitlin Dutt, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Telegraph-Journal