Maitland Heritage Conservation District Review

Heritage value may extend beyond a single building to a group of related structures and their overall setting. In this case, several properties can be collectively protected through the establishment of a heritage conservation district. In 1995, Maitland was declared Nova Scotia’s first Heritage Conservation District (HCD) and is now one of only seven in Nova Scotia.

In 2017, 22 years after the Heritage Conservation District Plan and Bylaw were initially adopted, the Municipality began a review of these documents. The Plan expresses the intentions of the East Hants Municipal Council with respect to the conservation of the historic and architectural value of buildings and structures, and their setting in a portion of Maitland.

The Plan is prepared and adopted in conjunction with a Heritage Conservation District Bylaw, which is a companion document to the Plan describing the boundaries of the district and containing the specific regulations, design guidelines and administrative procedures through which the policies of the Plan are implemented.

Council approved the amended Heritage Conservation District Plan and Bylaw on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. The provincial government is currently reviewing the amended documents and once they have given their approval the Plan and Bylaw become in effect.

The draft amended Heritage Conservation District plan and Bylaw (Bylaw P-1100) can be viewed here.

If  you would like further information, please contact Rachel Gilbert at 902-883-7098 ext. 122 or via email at