Municipal Boundary Review

The Municipality of the District of Shelburne is currently undertaking a Boundary Review and have hired the services of C + D Community Design to lead them through the process.

Our Municipality last performed polling district boundaries adjustments in 2015. The application for any changes to Council composition, political system (warden or mayor), and polling district boundaries must be filed by the end of 2022 and will come into effect for the next Municipal election.

Our Municipality has 3660 total registered electors. Currently there are seven electoral districts, with an elected official (Councillor) for each District. The Warden is chosen by vote of Council from among elected officials of each District.

During the last election, Districts 1,2, 3, 5 and 6 all saw acclamations in their holdings. This means that the Councillors ran unopposed and took their seats without a vote being held. Acclamations are often viewed as a reason to consider a reduction in Councillors and polling districts in order to create more competition and better representation.

The Sandy Point Community is currently divided amongst three polling districts. This community is the largest in terms of elector population and joining the community to create its own polling district would be recommended but will require extensive changes to the existing boundaries. Community continuity is an important consideration when performing boundary reviews, wherever possible communities should not be divided.

C + D Community Design has prepared an Initial Findings and Background Report for this project, which has been approved by Council and is available to the public for further information. Council is currently considering two scenarios for consultation with the public; Scenario 1: Status Quo with Parity and Scenario 2: A reduction to 5 Councillors. For more details on the proposed boundary changes, please review the Initial Findings and Background Report. Both scenarios join the Sandy Point Community into a single district.

What is a Boundary Review?

A Boundary Review is a part of the Municipal political process that is overseen by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board . The process is mandated by Section 369 of the Municipal Government Act.

The purpose of a Boundary Review is to evaluate the boundaries of the Municipality’s polling districts and the number of Councillors. The reason this process is a regular requirement for Nova Scotia Municipalities is to ensure the best representation for their residents. The Boundary Review considers the number of electors within the Municipality and the number of electors within each District and then considers the relative voting power. It is recommended that the number of electors within a District be within +/- 10% of the overall voter parity. Simplified, the goal is to ensure that the number of electors in each District is close to the same amount to ensure that the number of potential voters for each Councillor, and thus the number of electors they represent is similar.

Public Consultation

C + D Community Design will be hosting two public meetings within our community as part of this process.

A Daytime Town Hall Style Meeting: On August 3 from 10 – 2 pm, location to be determined, C+D Community Design will be set up chatting one-on-one with community members and answering questions about the Boundary Review process. We welcome participants to stop by in their own time and share their feedback on the process. All are welcome!

An Evening Meeting: August 2 at 6:00 pm at the Shelburne Community Center, Meeting Room B, 63 King Street Shelburne. C+D community Design will be hosting a more traditional style public meeting that will include a short presentation on the Boundary Review and a discussion about the two proposed scenarios. The public will be invited to speak at the meeting but will also be provided with comment cards which they can use to write their feedback and submit at the end of the evening. We hope all who are interested will attend.

An online survey is open to the public and available at the following link < https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QS5SMGG >. If you are a resident of the Municipality of the District of Shelburne, please take the time to complete this important survey and share widely with your friends and neighbours. All responses will play an important role in determining your community’s district boundaries as well as the number of Councillors to represent your Municipality in the next election.

A final report with boundary revision recommendations will be submitted to Council in September 2022. A public hearing will be held by Council in the Fall of 2022 to hear the community’s final thoughts on their final Boundary Review Application to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.

We invite residents to stay engaged throughout this process. If you wish to receive updates on meetings, reports and presentations to Council please subscribe to our mailing list .

We understand that not all residents have access to technology and would still like to participate in the Boundary Review process. If you are a resident who would like to receive a package on this review with a paper version of the survey through the mail, please submit a request to Erin Hartley by email or phone 902-875-3544 Ext. 226. If you know a resident who would benefit from this service, please let them know that it is available to them.

Contact

If you have any questions about the Municipality of the District of Shelburne Boundary Review please contact the Lead Planner, Derek Robertson at or call 902-742-5300. If you would like more information on C + D Community Design, check out our website.

Residents can also submit their comments and questions directly to C + D Community Design staff by using our feedback form and emailing completed form to .