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Thinking about starting a business in Kentville?  Moving an existing business to town?  Growing or expanding your current Kentville business?  The Planning Department is here to help!  

The Planning and Development Department can provide helpful information, guidance, support, and walk you through the permitting process.  (Sometimes permits are not required, but it's ALWAYS best to check with the department first!)


Kirsten Harrison: Planning Technician & Assistant Development Officer
Development Permits, Sign Permits, Civic Addressing, Mapping

Lindsay Young: Community & Economic Development Coordinator
Business Support, Marketing & Promotions, Communications, Tourism, Special Event & Community Project Support

Beverly Gentleman: Director of Planning and Development
Land Use Planning, Municipal Planning Strategy, Zoning, General Planning 

~ KBC Is Here For You ~
The Kentville Business Community (KBC) is here to represent the collective interests of the downtown businesses that call Kentville their home.

KBC works with and for the business community, acting in both an economic development role as well as an advocacy role.  It is the mandate of KBC to stimulate economic growth, capitalize upon and develop opportunities, and address business concerns.  The organization is governed by a Board of Directors who are drawn from the business community. 

KBC's vision is for Kentville to be the vibrant, diverse business and professional centre of the Valley.  To do so, it must rely on an involved and energized community that works together for the betterment of the Town.  We encourage all businesses to utilize the support offered by KBC.  Together, we can continue creating a bright and prosperous future for Kentville.

Board of Directors, Kentville Business Community

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Notes from Town Council
The last meeting of Council Advisory Committee for 2018 is December 10th, at 6:00 pm at Town Hall. 

All meetings of Council are open to the public. Meeting minutes and agendas can be found on the Kentville website. Visit the minutes and agendas page here.  Meetings are also live streamed on the Town of Kentville's Facebook page, and those videos are also available on the website the day after the meeting.

Your Town Council wants to hear from you!  Email  or view more Council info on the Kentville website here
Governance Minute
The Politics of Civic Engagement – Part 1
by Doug Griffiths in Communication, Community Development, Magazine
This article will be presented over three newsletters.
Civic engagement is a subject that is garnering more ink and prose than most other issues in municipal discourse these days. The term has different connotations depending on the context in which you search. For the purpose of this article, I am going to define civic engagement as the process of involving the general public in the planning and decision-making processes of council and the administration. That means this article is about the interaction of civic engagement and leadership. It will help to keep this in mind as you progress through the article, because I am going to assert some potentially controversial points about the use of civic engagement that only apply in this context.
A Concept Pushed Too Far?
Every single article or book I find on the subject of civic engagement seems to only discuss the fluff of involving the public in decision making. Each line gives a high-level “high-five” to the need for more civic engagement, as though it is a valuable objective in its own right.  More civic engagement is good, less is bad. In reality, too much civic engagement, or civic engagement in the wrong circumstances, can have negative consequences. The public can get bored and frustrated with constant engagement on issues that seem trivial, which will decrease their likelihood to become engaged over important matters. As well, on complex issues, the public may be eager to participate, but may lack the knowledge, information, or long-term vision necessary to contribute value to the discourse. On those occasions, they could inadvertently provide damaging directional choices on critical issues.
There are appropriate situations and issues where the public needs to be involved in decision making. In those circumstances, however, they need to be given all of the information available, and a meaningful process of engagement needs to be followed. In some jurisdictions, however, there is such an uncompromising public engagement policy in place that no decision can be made without consulting the public. The result is that those jurisdictions consult with everyone about everything, all of the time. This exhausts the public and often leaves very little time to provide accurate and meaningful information to ensure a reasoned conversation. In effect, those jurisdictions have given up all semblance of leadership. They simply gather up generally uninformed public opinion, and often make decisions based on who is the loudest or angriest group. It begs the question: why bother with the costly process of electing leaders if a simple poll will be used every time a decision needs to be made?
Civic engagement, ultimately, is about getting strong support from an informed and educated public that is truly engaged in the process and about the issue when they need to be engaged.

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