Planning Documents

    What is a Municipal Planning Strategy?

    The Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) is the Municipality’s’ long-term, high-level policy document. The MPS describes all aspects of development and land use within the Municipality’s planned area. It sets policy for where growth and different land uses can happen. 

    The MPS also contains policy on the environment, on infrastructure, on the economy, on public consultation and on transportation. All other planning documents must be consistent with the MPS. The Province of Nova Scotia requires Municipal Planning Strategies to be reasonably consistent with five statements of provincial interest relating to drinking water, flood risk areas, agricultural land, infrastructure and housing.

    What is a Land Use Bylaw?

    The Land Use By-law (LUB) shapes development and land use through a set of regulations to implement the Municipal Planning Strategy. The LUB divides the Municipality into zones. Each zone has standards that include building sizes, lot sizes, setbacks, landscaping and parking. Zoning also permits and prohibits different land uses to minimize land use conflicts. Clear and concise regulations provide the necessary assurance to land developers that they will be permitted to carry out their development vision.

    How do I have my say?

    We plan to use a combination of online tools, newsletter surveys and face-to-face engagement as the Provincial State of Emergency regarding COVID-19 allows to allow you to have your say and answer any questions you may have.

    We will be updating this site regularly to keep everyone up date on the project progress and opportunities to participate.

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