A vibrant region with a diverse past and promising future
Within the region, approximately 32,000 people reside in seven incorporated communities. The largest of these, the City of Corner Brook is a major employment centre where government offices, hospitals, the university, college and industry are located. Corner Brook also acts as a regional service centre for much of western Newfoundland with its concentration of retail and other services.
At the other end of the region, Deer Lake serves as an important transportation hub and gateway to Gros Morne National Park and the northern peninsula beyond. The communities of Reidville and Cormack, and the Nicholsville area of Deer Lake, have traditionally been agricultural communities with extensive areas of developed agricultural lands. Pasadena and Steady Brook provide quality living environments in visually stunning surroundings close to major recreational assets.
The need for long term planning
A Regional Planning Authority has been established to oversee the preparation of a land use plan for the region. A governance structure that includes a Leadership Committee consisting of the mayors of each of the seven municipalities and a Technical Committee composed of staff representatives of the communities and provincial government agencies, has been set up to guide the process over the next year.
The outcome of the regional planning process will be a regional land use plan that will provide an over-arching planning vision and objectives for the Corner Brook-Humber Valley Region including the seven municipalities and unincorporated area. The regional land use plan and a set of development control regulations that will apply to the unincorporated areas of the region. Once the Plan has been approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs, the job of the Regional Planning Authority will be complete, and the Regional Plan and Development Control Regulations will be administered by the provincial government, through the Government Service Centre. Municipalities will have an important role to play in implementing the Plan through their respective municipal plans and development regulations.
Who is Involved?