Downtown Port Edward in the works?

District of Port Edward councillors agreed to apply for a $40,000 grant to plan for the future of the municipality.

District of Port Edward councillors agreed to apply for a $40,000 grant to plan for the future of the municipality.

Chief administrative officer Bob Payette made the recommendation to council to submit for grant funding from Northern Development Initiative Trust’s Community Land Use Planning Program.

The grant was available a couple of years ago for bylaw, zoning and policy upgrades for North Coast municipalities, but the district wasn’t eligible at the time as they had already done all their bylaw upgrades in anticipation.

Now, there’s still money left over so they’ve opened it up for other initiatives that centre around municipal planning.

“I think we have an opportunity to secure some of this grant funding,” Payette said.

“What I’m proposing is that we submit for the grant funding to help us plan for future — and this is all contingent on LNG of course — but I think we should be prepared. We could look at new municipal facilities, council chambers, offices, fire hall, recreation facilities, public space, local businesses, in our Town Square area.”