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Carbonear has outgrown old municipal plan, says Doyle

By Mark Squibb/March 17, 2022

Plans to review the current Carbonear Municipal Plan have been temporarily stalled as the actual cost of the plan will likely be double what the Town had budgeted.

“Our current plan is over 20 years old, and it needs quite a bit of updating, so instead of doing amendments all the time and paying the planner and making those changes, we’ve come to the point where we’ve outgrown our plan and it needs to be updated,” explained councilor Danielle Doyle during a late February council meeting. “I could be corrected, but usually they’re updated every 10 years, and ours has been over 20.”

Some $40,000 was allocated in Budget 2022 for the review. Upon further investigation, the town has discovered that the actual cost will be much higher.

“Some suggestions are now that the plan could be in the $90,000 to $100,000 range,” said Doyle. “So, while we need this, the CAO is going to look at the budget further to see where the funds can come from just to make sure that we have enough to carry that through.”

In the meantime, the town has held off on proceeding with a request for proposals until a revised budget amount can be reached.

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