What is Planning?

Planning is the consideration of the use of land and resources. Planning examines the community's goals and values for growth and development, provides options on how to reach these goals and minimizes conflict that could arise when trying to reach the goals.

What are Planning Documents?

The Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS), Land Use By-law (LUB) and the Subdivision By-law (SUB), are known as the planning documents. The planning documents are adopted by Council, and the communities of West Hants, Hantsport and Windsor each have these documents for their area.

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 completed in 2008 in West Hants and 2005 in Windsor.

How Do You Participate?

We need your help to determine what the Region should become. Due to Covid-19 and the current health restrictions, staff will be testing various methods to gather public input for the Plan Review. These methods may include gathering information by letters or online video, online survey, website submission, email or telephone communications. Events such as public workshops and contests will be scheduled for the community of Windsor once regulations premit in-person meetings. Our goal is to hear what you love about West Hants Regional Municipality and what you think could be improved!

A land use survey was prepared in 2017-2018 to map out how residents are currently using their land. Check your property and let us know if we got it right.

We have launched an interactive map. Leave a comment about your neigbourhood in the space provided.  

Why Does Your Opinion Matter?

We need your help in determining what West Hants Regional Municipality will become.

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 Councillor and staff.

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or call any of the following Planning and Development staff to tell us your thoughts. 

Sara Poirier, Planner - 902-798-8391 Ext. 117

Alex Dunphy, Planner - 902-798-8391 Ext. 118

Madelyn LeMay, Director of Planning and Development - 902-798-8391 Ext. 114


Background Reports 



population pdf Population Background (2.74 MB)
housing pdf Housing Background (4.94 MB)
 land pdf Land Background (5.71 MB)
 agra pdf Agriculture (5.05 MB)
 ECD pdf Economic Development (5.01 MB)
 infra pdf Infrastructure (9.50 MB)
 industry pdf Industry and Resource (5.38 MB)
 heritage   pdf Heritage and Culture (6.81 MB)
health pdf Community Health and Services (6.58 MB)