Public consultation process set for proposed new Kings municipal complex

Published on March 15, 2017

Kings County Mayor Peter Muttart says that he hopes citizens will take advantage of an opportunity to give input on the proposed new municipal complex.

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KENTVILLE, NS - As Kings County council starts over at square one with the proposed new municipal complex project, a timeline has been set for public and staff consultations.

It is our hope that you will take this opportunity to join the conversation about the municipal complex. - Kings County Mayor Peter Muttart

The current municipal complex on Cornwallis Street in Kentville has been sold to the province for use by the Department of Justice, necessitating new quarters. Council has determined that a previous consultation process with citizens and municipal staff was incomplete and is prepared to start over.

“Your council is charged with making decisions that affect the future of your community,” Mayor Peter Muttart said. “It is our hope that you will take this opportunity to join the conversation about the municipal complex.”

Council wants to hear from citizens on their thoughts and recommendations regarding location criteria and various building elements. The first consultation session will be held at the Waterville Fire Hall on March 30 at 6:30 p.m.

In aligning with the municipality’s Community Engagement Strategy that was approved last August, the consultation will be conducted using a facilitated “World Café” style. This will allow for large group dialogue as well as small group discussion in a café setting.

An online engagement tool, PlaceSpeak, will be made available from at 9 a.m. on March 21 until 4 p.m. on March 31 for those unable to attend the consultation session to give feedback in person. To provide feedback through this online tool, visit www.countyofkings.ca and click on the PlaceSpeak icon.

Each of the three stages of the consultation process will provide opportunities for members of the public and municipal staff to give input. Prior to each consultation and the day following, public input will be gathered online at PlaceSpeak to ensure that everyone who wants to provide feedback has an opportunity to join the conversation.

Written proposals for partnerships can be sent to interim chief administrative officer Rick Ramsey at rramsay@countyofkings.ca.

At a special meeting held Jan. 10, council voted against awarding the construction contract for the new complex, which was proposed for a site in Coldbrook on Village Park Drive purchased by the municipality in 2015. This was the second time council cancelled a request for proposals for the new municipal complex.

This graphic illustrates the proposed timeline for the consultation process for the proposed new County of Kings municipal complex.

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Some points Kings County council is asking people to consider in advance of the consultation sessions include:

-       Purpose of building: Should this be a single-purpose project (not a “complex” but a suite of offices) or should it be multi-purpose (a “complex”)?

-       Partners: If the building is to be multi-purpose, are there any potential capital partners wanting to participate (libraries, wellness activity areas, etc.)?

-       Location: The current plan is to locate the public works building on the same site as the offices but in a separate building. Property has been acquired and site-work has been completed in Coldbrook. Is this the best location or are there others that should be considered?

-       Amenities: Maximize available amenities to staff, council and the public for access, space and functionality.