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Northeast Avalon Regional Plan

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The Northeast Avalon Regional Plan will replace the St. John's Urban Region Regional Plan (SJURRP). 

When completed, the Northeast Avalon Regional Plan will guide development, infrastructure and land use. Throughout the process, the public will be involved in shaping the direction of the Region. Public forums, planning symposiums, open houses, and presentations will provide opportunities for input.

Regional planning involves the efficient uses of land and related infrastructure in an area beyond the boundaries of a single municipality. Regional planning should provide a framework for municipal plans prepared by the municipalities comprising the region so as to coordinate their policies and reduce the potential for conflict between them. It incorporates decisions concerning the direction of growth within the area to which it applies and the major initiatives to be pursued to accommodate and encourage that growth. The SJURRP was prepared in 1976 and still governs development on the Northeast Avalon Peninsula as well as the Town of Wabana on Bell Island. 

Themes of the new Northeast Avalon Regional Plan

  • Municipal Services - water, wastewater, stormwater management, fire protection
  • Transportation - safety, capacity, peak period traffic, public transportation, alternative transportation, impacts of new development
  • Environment - flood risk, watercourse buffers, loss of farmland, protection and enhancement of east coast trail and other regional assets
  • Diverse development - diverse development patterns and the diversity of the region
  • Governance - administration, implementation, monitoring of the plan
  • Economic - growth, commercial & industrial land uses, marine facilities, local,  regional, provincial, global
  • Collaboration working together - shared services, fire services, facilities, strategic about financing projects