Planning is about the use of land and resources. Planning considers the community’s goals and values for growth and development, it provides options on how to reach these goals, and minimizes conflicts that could arise when trying to reach those goals.
What are Planning Documents?
The Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS), Land Use By-law (LUB) and the Subdivision By-law are known as the Municipal planning documents. The planning documents are adopted by West Hants Council.
The MPS contains the long-term vision (20+ years) for what the community will become. The LUB contains the rules used to make that vision a reality. The Subdivision By-law regulates the division and addition of land.
What is a Plan Review?
A plan review is a chance to review the current planning documents and accommodate changes to the environmental, social and economic climate. The last Plan Review was conducted in 2008.
How Do You Participate?
We need your help to determine what West Hants should become. Over the next few months the Municipality will be hosting engagement events, public workshops and contests to hear what you love about West Hants and what you think could be improved.
An existing land use survey was prepared in 2017-2018 to map out how residents are currently using their land. Check your property (Click Here) and let us know if we got it right.
We have just launched an interactive map (Click Here). Leave a comment about your neighbourhood in the space provided.
Saira Shah, Planner - 902-798-6905 Sara Poirier, Planner - 902-798-6988 Madelyn LeMay, Director of Planning and Development - 902-798-6900
Why Does Your Opinion Matter?
Planning documents guide how the Municipality will make decisions on new development, land use, and infrastructure over the next 20 years. Your feedback will help us learn what works and what could be done better to achieve the goals of our communities.
All feedback will be documented in a “What We Heard” report which will be available to the public and circulated to Municipal staff and Councillors.
Survey questions will be picked from key questions that are presented at a public engagement session. Survey responses will be anonymous.
The West Hants planning documents were approved by Council on May 13, 2008, following a 7½-year plan review process. The new documents took effect on June 26, 2008. In the fall of 2001, the Planning Department began work on a comprehensive review of the four Municipal Planning Strategies (MPS) and Land Use By-laws (LUB) that covered the Municipality. The intent was to combine the four separate planning documents into one more comprehensive and consistent document.
The first stage of the Plan Review was to research and prepare background reports which included a statistical profile an agricultural profile, and a mining profile. Staff also carried out land use surveys.
Public engagement began in June 2002 when a survey was sent out to every household in Windsor and West Hants. Public meetings were held in the fall of 2002 in seven West Hants communities to present the survey results, advise of the Plan Review process and seek further input on future directions for the new planning documents. Two meetings were held with land developers and one with the agricultural community to obtain insight into the special concerns of these interest groups.
Throughout the winter of 2003, staff worked with West Hants Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) members to develop an overall vision which would form the framework for the new planning documents. In June 2003 PAC held a public meeting to present the vision to the public.
In May 2005, a meeting was held to present a draft of the agricultural land use provisions to farmers and other landowners in proposed agricultural zones. Public involvement in the Plan Review continued into November 2005 when a planning charrette in Falmouth explored issues related to residential density and servicing within that community.
By June 2007, PAC was ready to present complete drafts of the MPS and LUB to the public. Meetings were held in seven West Hants communities, with more than 160 people attending. The draft documents were generally well received, although some concerns were raised. In the months following the meetings, PAC spent a great deal of time discussing ways of addressing the concerns and making revisions to the documents. In November 2007, a public meeting was held to receive comments on the draft Subdivision By-law. Changes to this By-law were needed to reflect new policies in the proposed Municipal Planning Strategy.
Revised drafts of the new planning documents were presented to the public at a Public Information Meeting on February 21, 2008. Following legal review and editing, the documents proceeded to public hearing and adoption by Council on May 13, 2008.