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Community Facilities Public Consultation Act

BILL NO. 185

(as introduced)

2nd Session, 60th General Assembly
Nova Scotia
57 Elizabeth II, 2008

Private Member's Bill

Community Facilities Public Consultation Act

Diana Whalen
Halifax Clayton Park

First Reading: May 27, 2008

Second Reading:

Third Reading:

An Act to Require
Public Consultation Respecting
Expenditures on Community Facilities

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Community Facilities Public Consultation Act.

2 In this Act,

(a) "community facility" means

(i) a recreation centre or gymnasium,

(ii) a sports field or stadium,

(iii) a rink,

(iv) a swimming pool or aquatic recreation facility,

(v) a sports field house,

(vi) a theatre,

(vii) a medical centre, clinic or hospital,

(viii) a facility of a type prescribed in the regulations, or

(ix) a combination of any of the facilities referred to in subclauses (i) to (viii),

that is open to the public for use, whether or not any fee is charged for such use;

(b) "expenditure" means a grant or contribution of any type, whether made directly or indirectly and includes a contribution or grant made in money or in kind or a guarantee.

3 Before Her Majesty in right of the Province may make an expenditure of an amount or value greater than two hundred and fifty thousand dollars to pay for, or assist in the payment for, a community facility, the Minister of Finance shall ensure that public consultation is undertaken in accordance with the regulations that includes at least one public meeting at which members of the public may make representations regarding the plans for the facility.

4 (1) The Governor in Council may make regulations

(a) prescribing types of facilities that are community facilities;

(b) respecting public consultations including advertising or notice of meetings;

(c) defining what constitutes a community with respect to a facility;

(d) defining any word or expression used but not defined in this Act;

(e) any matter or thing the Governor in Council considers necessary or advisable to carry out effectively the intent and purpose of this Act.

(2) The exercise by the Governor in Council of the authority contained in subsection (1) is regulations within the meaning of Regulations Act.


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