A regional perspective is important
in land use planning, as a solution for a particular site should
make sense within the context of the larger community. This section
presents an assessment of the CBRM’s economy, land use, transportation
systems, recreational needs, municipal sewer and water supplies,
and regional infrastructure, relative to the SYSCO property.
These changes in the CBRM economy have not taken place
within a vacuum; they reflect the following world-wide trends:
- The development of steel manufacturing capacity
in second and third world countries
- The depletion of global fish stocks
- Intense price competition in the coal industry
- A shift to cleaner fuels for energy generation.
Like other regional economies in developed countries,
the CBRM economy has responded to these trends by shifting towards
the service sector and more recently, towards the knowledge based
economy (e.g., communications, software and hardware design and
technology intense manufacturing). Recent improvements in the Canadian
and global telecommunication infrastructure have also made it possible
for the CBRM to participate in the world market for service and
knowledge based jobs.