Paving Petitions

When the need or opportunity to pave an existing unpaved road is identified within East Hants, the Municipality can be asked to petition property owners to vote for or against the paving.  Paving petitions are regulated by the Municipality’s Local Improvement Bylaw (F-100) which sets out how they are initiated, what is needed for them to succeed, who pays for the paving, and how those charges are distributed and recovered.

Initiating a Paving Petition

Paving petitions are initiated when:

  1. a request is received from at least two owners of property on the unpaved road; or
  2. a motion from Council directs staff to carry out a petition.

To initiate a petition please email planning@easthants.ca with the following details:

  • the name and location of the unpaved road;
  • the desired method(s) of charge; and
  • a sketch of the proposed charge area where possible

Process and Results

Once initiated, Staff send each affected property owner a petition package including a notification letter, a table of charges for each property, and a ballot with a return envelope.

A paving petition is determined to be successful if it receives a two-thirds majority approval in favour of paving, where the “majority approval” varies based on the chosen method of charge (see Section 9.7.1 of Bylaw F-100). Note: property owners who do not vote are deemed to have voted not in favour of paving.

If a petition fails, Council shall not carry out the paving, nor initiate another petition for a minimum of three years; however, property owners may initiate a new petition at any time.

Payment of Charges

All properties that front on the road to be paved are levied a local improvement charge, regardless of how the property owner voted. This charge can be paid in one lump sum, or in equal installments over ten years added to the property owner’s tax bill, and is subject to interest.

The Municipality may make a contribution of 10% of the cost to pave municipally owned roads at Council’s discretion. The Nova Scotia Department of Public Works may contribute up to 50% of the cost to pave provincially owned roads at their discretion.

Choosing a Method of Charge

The property owners initiating the petition can request to apply one or more of the following charge methods:

  1. A uniform amount per lot
  2. Length of road frontage
  3. Property use
  4. Property area
  5. Assessed value
  6. Another method at Council’s discretion

Still have questions?

For more information contact planning@easthants.ca or call 902-883-3387.