Sunday, 30 April 2017

YRC Round 1 Public Consultation Meetings Continue This Week at Keswick Valley Recreation Centre in Burtts Corner


The Keswick Valley Recreation Centre is located at 1262 Route 104 in Burtts Corner, NB.
REMINDER - 

The YRC Project Steering Committee, in association with the New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government, is beginning a study to determine the feasibility of forming a Rural Community to restructure the delivery of services to residents in the Local Service Districts of Kingsclear, Douglas, Bright, Keswick Ridge and in the community of Lower Queensbury. 
Over the next few months, three rounds of public information/consultation meetings have been scheduled as part of the study.  You are invited to attend any or all of them.  The last two meetings in this first round will take place as follows:

Round 1 Meeting Location
Date (2017)
Registration 6:30 pm
Meeting 7 – 9 pm

Keswick Valley Recreation  Centre 
1262 Route 104, Burtts Corner, NB

May 2



Mactaquac Provincial Park Lodge
1265 Route 105
Mactaquac, NB

May 9





At these meetings you will learn how the feasibility study will be done, what becoming a rural community is all about (pros and cons) and how feedback from residents in the partnering LSDs will be gathered.  The presentation will be the same at each meeting so pick whichever one is best for you to attend.  The opinions, concerns, suggestions and comments of all Project area residents are very important to the study.  Please participate.  

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Consultation with Residents of Bright LSD
YRC Project Meeting at Green Hill Lake Camp - Round 1 Public Consultation 

The third meeting of Round 1 Public Consultations for the YRC Project feasibility study took place at Green Hill Lake Camp on August 25, 2017.  John-Michael McPhee, the chair of the Bright Local Service District Advisory Committee and a member of the YRC Project steering committee executive made the presentation.  There was an engaged group of residents at the session and the discussion covered a broad range of topics about the pros and cons of changing from a LSD model of local services delivery to a RC model of local services delivery.  The main take away from the meeting was an understanding of the need to make sure there is value for every tax dollar spent in our Project area.      

Monday, 24 April 2017


"We need to attract and keep young families..."

We need to attract and then keep young families in all of our communities here in Kingsclear Local Service District.  These new residents, when searching to  locate in communities, are looking for places which are progressive and that have safe and enjoyable recreational facilities for their children.   

At present KLSD does not have a school and our recreational facilities are minimal.  This is not because we have not had dedicated volunteers who have made great efforts in the past to build and maintain the community park in Upper Kingsclear.  But there is no longer a Recreation Council to manage that park and without having such a resources and/or a staff (volunteer or paid through grants) to promote the maintenance and development of this facility or any new facilities we will struggle to attract new residents to contribute to our community. Depending on volunteers to do this is proving difficult.  Currently, KLSD is the only partner of the YRC Project that has had a decline in population since 2011.

Roger Cyr - Upper Kingsclear


Saturday, 22 April 2017

YRC Round 1 Public Consultation Meetings Continue This Week at Green Hill Lake in Bright Local Service District



REMINDER - The YRC Project Steering Committee, in association with the New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government, is continuing with a study to determine the feasibility of forming a Rural Community to restructure the delivery of services to residents in the Local Service Districts of Kingsclear, Douglas, Bright, Keswick Ridge and in the community of Lower Queensbury. 

Over the next few months, three rounds of public information/consultation meetings have been scheduled as part of the study.  You are invited to attend any or all of them.  The next three meetings for Round 1 Public Consultations will take place as follows, each  starting with registration at 6:30 pm and then the meetings from 7 to 9 pm:

Round 1 Meeting Location
Date (2017)
Registration 6:30 pm
Meetings 7 - 9 pm

Green Hill Lake Camp
40 Green Hill Lake Road,
Bright, NB
April 25
Keswick Valley Recreation  Centre 
1262 Route 104, Burtts Corner, NB
May 2
Mactaquac Provincial Park Lodge
1265 Route 105
Mactaquac, NB
May 9

At these first meetings you will learn how the feasibility study will be done, what becoming a rural community is all about (pros and cons) and how feedback from residents in the partnering LSDs will be gathered.  The presentation will be the same at each meeting so pick whichever one is best for you to attend.  The opinions, concerns, suggestions and comments of all Project area residents are very important to the study.  Please participate.  

Green Hill Lake Camp




Crabbe Mountain is in Bright Local Service District.








Friday, 21 April 2017


The Keswick Islands as viewed from Island View
"It's An Important Conversation For Us To Have With Our Neighbours..."

My name is Katelynn Everett and I live in the Kingsclear LSD.  I’m an import to the area but my husband’s family has been farming here for over 200 years.

I must admit that I’m far more interested in the idea of rural communities (and specifically the York Rural Community) than I expected I would be.  It’s an important conversation for us to have with our neighbours, especially in the context of New Brunswick’s current struggles.  How we got to our current state is complicated, but ultimately, selfishness is a driving factor.  So often, we focus on what’s best for us as individuals without considering the impact it has on us as a community.   A rural community is a "greater good" approach to solving this problem.  By joining together with neighbouring areas, we can combine our resources and work together toward a community that will serve us all. 


I travel throughout New Brunswick frequently for work.  We have a beautiful, diverse province and I’m proud to be a New Brunswicker.  I see the York Rural Community and other rural community projects as an opportunity to preserve the best our province has to offer, while creating an environment of togetherness and community in which my future children may thrive. 

Categories of Property Tax in LSDs 

Current Property Tax in Local Service Districts (LSDs) 

Under the current property tax structure in New Brunswick, properties located in LSDs are taxed in the following manner: 

Owner-occupied residential properties (homes) located in LSDs are subject to a special provincial levy of $0.6315 per $100 of assessment. This rate is applied to help cover the cost of local services, such as policing and roads that are provided by the Province in these communities. Just like cities, towns and villages, owner-occupied residential properties (homes) in LSDs are eligible for a provincial tax credit, known as the Provincial Residential Property Tax Credit, and have a provincial property tax rate of zero. 

Non-owner-occupied residential properties (apartments, cottages, second homes and farm land) are subject to a provincial property tax rate of $1.4573 per $100 of assessment. 

Residential property types described above (both owner-occupied and non-owner occupied) are also subject to local property tax rates. Local property tax rates are established to finance local services, such as fire protection, and solid waste collection and disposal. 

Non-residential properties (businesses) are currently taxed at a provincial property tax rate of $2.1860 per $100 of assessment. 
Local non-residential property tax rates also apply and are fixed at 1.5 times the corresponding residential rate. The total tax that business properties pay in LSDs is roughly 2.9 times the total property tax that owner-occupied properties in LSDs pay.

Improving New Brunswick’s property tax system: A white paper Published in 2012 by: NB Department of Finance


Green Hill Lake in Bright LSD

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Another Full House at Round 1 Public Consultations - Keswick Ridge Community Centre - April 18, 2017

There was another full house at the Keswick Ridge Community Centre last night for the second meeting in the Round 1 Public Consultations for the YRC Project Feasibility Study.  After the presentation, which was given this time by Tom Beckley from the Keswick Ridge LSD Advisory Committee (he is also Secretary of the YRC Project Steering Committee), a question and answer session involved discussion about the Project boundaries, the role of a rural community mayor and council, how wards would be decided upon, how much it would cost to run a Council, the ins and outs of a rural community model for the delivery of local services as compared with the local service district model.  Attendees were reminded that a big part of the Feasibility Study is to have feedback from residents.  The Study report will include all of the comments, questions, concerns, complaints, suggestions received either at public meetings or through the Project's gmail, Facebook page or website.  Please participate.


Over 100 residents attended the second meeting of the Round 1 Public Consultations for the YRC Project Feasibility Study.  


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

YRC Would Quality to Receive Gas Tax Funding for Projects Throughout the Rural Community

The Gas Tax Fund offers a flexible approach to infrastructure financing. Municipalities receive funding up front twice a year through provincial and territorial governments or the municipal associations designated to deliver funding in the province. Communities choose projects locally and prioritize them according to their needs. 

Smaller municipalities with limited capital infrastructure budgets particularly benefit because funding is delivered before money is spent. This reliable, up-front funding provides greater certainty for municipalities to plan and carry out large-scale projects.

Funds can also be pooled, banked and borrowed against, providing significant financial flexibility. As a result, up to 2012, municipalities earned more than $88 million in interest, an additional sum that can be used to fund local infrastructure renewal.
http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/pub/infra/gtf-fte/gtf-fte-2013-eng.html

The Keswick River during the 2017 spring freshet in Bright LSD

Monday, 17 April 2017

Keswick Ridge (Daryl Hunter photo)



YRC Round 1 Public Consultation Meetings Continue This Week on Keswick Ridge


REMINDER - The YRC Project Steering Committee, in association with the New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government, is continuing with a study to determine the feasibility of forming a Rural Community to restructure the delivery of services to residents in the Local Service Districts of Kingsclear, Douglas, Bright, Keswick Ridge and in the community of Lower Queensbury. 

Over the next few months, three rounds of public information/consultation meetings have been scheduled as part of the study.  You are invited to attend any or all of them.  The first meeting of Round 1 Public Consultations took place last week but the next four will take place as follows, each  starting with registration at 6:30 pm and then the meetings from 7 to 9 pm:

Round 1 Meeting Location
Date (2017)
Registration 6:30 pm
Meetings 7 - 9 pm
Keswick Ridge Community Hall,
86 Route 616
Keswick Ridge, NB
April 18
Green Hill Lake Camp
40 Green Hill Lake Road,
Bright, NB
April 25
Keswick Valley Recreation  Centre 
1262 Route 104, Burtts Corner, NB
May 2
Mactaquac Provincial Park Lodge
1265 Route 105
Mactaquac, NB
May 9

At these first meetings you will learn how the feasibility study will be done, what becoming a rural community is all about (pros and cons) and how feedback from residents in the partnering LSDs will be gathered.  The presentation will be the same at each meeting so pick whichever one is best for you to attend.  The opinions, concerns, suggestions and comments of all Project area residents are very important to the study.  Please participate.  


Friday, 14 April 2017

Campers enjoy the shoreline of the St. John River in Kingsclear Local Service District
Residents of Kingsclear Local Servie District should consider what will happen if a No Vote is given to YRC  and if the other LSDs in the YRC Project go forward as Hanwell did the last time.  

Does it mean KLSD will be allowed to continue to operate separately forever, or at some point down the road when another Village in our geographic area or the City of Fredericton decides that they want to expand, will the residents of KLSD continue to be able to opt out?

Because our base numbers for population and assessments will likely not meet all the minimums to be a separate Rural Community, The Minister will have the option to split up KLSD between the City of Fredericton and the surrounding area which are currently Rural Communities or are exploring becoming Rural Communities.  All of these communities have higher average tax rates than Kingsclear.  It is unlikely that these Municipalities will average down their tax rates.  It is more likely they will average up the KLSD tax rate.  

Being part of YRC,  which would be incorporated, will provide protection from forced amalgamation.  These questions need to be addressed and thought about by KLSD residents in order to determine if opting out is the best for KLSD.  

Roger Cyr 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Round 1 Public Consultations Have Begun
The Round 1 Public Consultation sessions for the YRC Project Feasibility Study have begun.  There was a full house at the Riverside Resort last night.  Residents from all parts of the Project area were present.  Visitors from Hanwell Rural Community were also in the audience. 

There will be four other meetings in this round of consultations.  Please plan to attend wherever is convenient for you.  It is important that the study include the advice, concerns, opinions, comments and questions from all residents whether they are proponents, opponents or sitting on the fence.  

Next meeting in Round 1 will be on Tuesday, April 18, at the Keswick Ridge Community Hall, 86 Route 616.  For more information:  yorkruralcommunity@gmail.com 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

"It Feels Like a Tug of War" 
I am one of the residents in a bordering area with another regional community project. It is an interesting place to be, although I reside in the LSD of Douglas some feel that “my community of interest” is in the neighboring LSD. At times it feels like a tug of war and while each project is in the process of sharing information regarding the benefits of being a resident of their potential community I can’t help but wonder why we aren’t looking at a Regional Municipality. Would that eliminate a number of issues with border areas that are currently in contention?

We have the opportunity to be the second largest regional municipality in the province the potential to resolve a majority of the issue that are currently plaguing both projects would cease to exist. With an larger tax base, less competition for industry and an even larger voice I can’t help but wonder if there has been any thought to this option?

At the end of the day I want my community to get engaged with the process, become informed and make the decision that best suits our needs.

JOANNE COLFORD

Monday, 10 April 2017


Route 105 in Lower Queensbury
Controlling our LSD Property Taxes with a Rural Community

I attended four of the York Rural Community project meetings in the last two weeks.  I heard several folks ask “If so little is going to change in terms of service delivery (fire, police, solid waste, etc.) why should we vote to establish a rural community?”

            Here’s an important reason:  Controlling our property tax rates.  The LSD portion of my property taxes has increased 38% since 2014.  There has been no change in the services we receive.  The status quo just costs almost 40 percent more than it did four years ago. Its true that our assessment increased by about $4,000, but that is not nearly enough  to justify that kind of an increase.  Inflation has been tracking at about 2 percent per year, so that doesn’t explain it either.

            Under the LSD system, tax rates are set by unelected civil servants in the Department of Environment and Local Government.  I’m sure they would argue the increases are justified, but in the LSD of Queensbury, they are under no obligation to explain their actions. There is little I can do to affect those decisions. Electing a different provincial government has made no difference.

            Establishing a rural community and electing a mayor and council made up of our neighbours gives us a way to control increasing local property taxes.  I don’t believe that those taxes will not increase over time.  But, I imagine a local mayor and council that presided over a 38% increase over a four year period would not likely be returned to office.
Don Floyd
Opposing Urbanization

Cedar Rail Fence on Mazerolle Settlement Road in Kingsclear LSD

I understand that many people were (or claim to be) unaware of the process that is now taking place regarding YRC, but the thing that concerns me most is the mention in [an email now circulating] that some “areas of Kingsclear” would like to abandon the proposal of a rural community via YRC and join Hanwell.

I can only say that from my experience in the previous attempt to form a rural community with Hanwell – which Hanwell declined by the way, I learned that Hanwell has (and always will be) decidedly more urban centric than Kingsclear.  To think of merging with them now is a disturbing prospect, and can only believe it has been raised by a few like-minded individuals, who do not represent the majority.

I have always been vehemently opposed to any further urbanization of our way of life here.  If you agree, please consider what is about to happen if these events continue to unfold without sufficient justification as to why it is better to merge with other residential and rural areas, rather than take a more urban approach, which is I believe what some people appear to be proposing.

I know I still have questions regarding YRC, and will gladly raise them on Apr. 11.  Until then, may I suggest enhancing the current method of information sharing, as obviously some differing opinions are still quite prevalent.

Yours respectfully,
Edwin Hagerman
Existing Rural Plans for the LSDs in the Proposed York Rural Community

Did you know that Kingsclear, Keswick Ridge, Douglas and Bright LSDs already have rural plans?  You can check them out at the Regional Service Commission 11 website at:

http://www.rsc11.ca/planning/


The RSC 11′s mandate is derived from Section 7(2) of the Community Planning Act, and includes:

  • preparing, administering, and enforcing Rural Plans and Zoning;
  • approving subdivision plans;
  • issuing building permits;
  • inspecting buildings and developments;
  • providing opinions to the Minister.
Longs Creek Road, Kingsclear LSD





What is Regional Service Commission 11 (RSC 11)?

Throughout New Brunswick, a total of 12 Regional Service Commissions are responsible for providing building, development and planning services to municipalities and unincorporated areas (LSDs) of the province.

RSC 11 is governed by a Board of Directors accountable to all communities within its region and is comprised of the Mayors of Municipalities and Rural Communities and representatives of the unincorporated areas. Unincorporated area representation is comprised of six board members who were selected from the region’s  LSD Advisory Committee Chairs and they represent all LSD areas within the region (at large representation).
The Commission is mandated to provide the following services:
  • Regional Planning
  • Local Planning in Local Service Districts
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Regional Policing Collaboration
  • Regional Emergency Measures Planning
  • Regional Sport, Recreational, and Cultural Infrastructure Planning and Cost-Sharing
For more information about Regional Service Commission 11, please contact our office located in Fredericton.
Regular Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Phone: (506) 453-2956
Toll Free: 1-866-453-2956
Fax: (506) 457-4896
Email: info@rsc11.ca




Sunday, 9 April 2017

Consultation With Residents
Round 1 of Public Meetings for the YRC Project Feasibility Study

Registration:  6:30 pm   Meetings 7 - 9 pm


April 11, 2017 -  Riverside Resort, 35 Mactaquac Road, French Village, NB
April 18, 2017 - Keswick Ridge Community Hall, 86 Route 616, Keswick Ridge, NB
April 25, 2017 - Green Hill Lake Camp, 40 Green Hill Lake Road, Bright, NB
May 2, 2017 - Keswick Valley Recreation Centre, 1262 Route 104, Burtts Corner, NB
May 9, 2017 - Mactaquac Provincial Park Lodge,  1265 Route 105, Mactaquac, NB

At these Round 1 Public Consultation Meetings, attendees will learn how the YRC Project Feasibility Study will be done, what becoming a rural community is all about and how feedback from residents in the partnering LSDs will be gathered.  The presentation will be the same at each meeting so pick whichever one is most convenient for you to attend... or come to them all.  The opinions, concerns, suggestions and comments of every Project area resident  is very important to the study.  Please participate.  



Saturday, 8 April 2017

A birch grove along Route 102 in Kingsclear LSD
My husband and I live in the Kingsclear LSD. We have attended several meetings about the YRC since discussions started and we're excited by the opportunity to create a rural community. 

 The Mactaquac Project made us aware of the lack of local representation as an LSD. We believe that becoming a rural community would give us local representation, and permit us to participate in decisions affecting our community. We also believe that our tax dollars can be spent more effectively by our community for our community than by the province on our behalf. 


We're looking forward to continuing discussions and working toward building our community!


Katelynn Everett
Do You Remember Your Grade School Social Studies?


York County, New Brunswick, circa 1878  (an excerpt from Nashwaak News)

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

YRC Consultation with Border Area Residents in Northern Douglas LSD

YRC Consultation in northern Douglas LSD

This week the residents who live in two different neighbourhoods on the border of the project area in Douglas LSD were consulted by the YRC Project team and the Project Manager from the Department of Environment and Local Government.

April 3, 2017 -  Residents of Carlisle Road and lower Douglas (where Douglas LSD borders the City of Fredericton and the LSD of Estey's Bridge) met at the Douglas Baptist Church on Route 105.

April 5, 2017 - Residents along Route 620 in the northern part of Douglas LSD (where Douglas LSD borders the proposed boundary of the Nashwaak Rural Community Project) met at the North Cardigan United Church. 

Attendees of these meetings were asked to register at the door. The presentation, which focused on the options that residents have in this part of the Project area, was made jointly by the Project Manager from the Department of Environment and Local Government and the YRC Steering Committee.  After the presentation, questions/comments/concerns/advice of meeting participants were recorded by the committee so that they could be shared with the Minister of Environment and Local Government. Residents were encouraged to provide the committee with any additional input they care to offer by sending comments to yorkruralcommunity@gmail.com. The slides from the presentations at these meetings will be posted on the Project website in the very near future.  www.yorkruralcommunity.ca


Sunday, 2 April 2017


Route 620 in Douglas LSD
PUBLIC MEETING
DOUGLAS LSD RESIDENTS on ROUTE 620
April 5, 2017

Meeting Location:  North Cardigan United Church, 3040 Route 620, Cardigan,  NB

Registration at door:  6:30 pm to 7:00 pm 
Meeting Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

PROPOSED CREATION OF YORK RURAL COMMUNITY
The York Rural Community (YRC) Project Steering Committee, in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Local Government (DELG), is conducting a feasibility study about creating a Rural Community involving the Local Service Districts (LSDs) of Kingsclear, Keswick Ridge, Douglas, Bright and Queensbury (in the communities of Mactaquac and Lower Queensbury). 
As a resident of the northern part of Douglas LSD, you have options to consider within the YRC Project proposal.  You are invited to hear about these options and share your opinions about them at this neighbourhood meeting.  All attendees will be asked to register at the door.  If you are unable to attend, you may participate in the many other Public Meetings about the Project that are scheduled to occur between now and August 15, 2017 or you may send your questions or input to yorkruralcommunity@gmail.com  and/or Community Restructuring Branch of DELG at 453-3358.  A schedule of Public Meeting dates in Round 1 of the feasibility study’s public consultation is available at:
York Rural Community Project website:  www.yorkruralcommunity.ca


North Cardigan United Church - Route 620 in Douglas LSD