Community Plan Update

The East Hants Community Plan Update Survey has now closed. Thank you to all East Hants residents who have taken the time to complete the survey. Results of the Plan Update Survey will be presented to Planning Advisory Committee later this year as part of a larger Community Engagement Report.

Residents living in or who own property in rural East Hants are invited to attend a series of Open Houses scheduled for October 2021. A link to the Plan Update Open Houses flyer can be found here. A schedule of open house meeting dates are available in the table below. Residents are asked to keep checking the East Hants Plan Update webpage, as the dates for the open houses get closer, in case of changes due to public health measures.

Drop by anytime between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.!

Proof of vaccination and face mask required as per public health requirements.

October 7, 2021
Noel Fire Hall
1639 Burntcoat Road
Noel, Nova Scotia
October 13, 2021
Kennetcook Fire Hall
6205 Highway 354
Kennetcook, Nova Scotia
October 26, 2021
Maitland Fire Hall
8802 Highway 215
Maitland, Nova Scotia
October 12, 2021
Walton Fire Hall
4281 Walton Woods Rd
Walton, NS
October 14, 2021
Upper Rawdon Community Hall
3869 Highway 14
Rawdon, Nova Scotia

East Hants has an Official Community Plan that directs how our community grows and develops over time. Did you know only about half of the municipality has comprehensive land use planning? The only regulations in the non-planned area of the municipality related to wind energy and large-scale special events.The provincial government has directed all Nova Scotia municipalities to plan for the efficient use of land within their boundaries. East Hants Council has begun the process of amending our Community Plan so that the entire municipality has comprehensive land use planning.Planning helps to protect the public interest, and ensures that everyone has input into the development of their community. East Hants Council and staff must consider the following land uses when developing a plan for the unplanned area of East Hants:

  • Residential uses
  • Commercial and industrial uses
  • Institutional uses
  • Recreational facilities and public open spaces
  • Resource uses including agriculture

Other items unique to East Hants that we need to consider are: coastal erosion and sea level rise; preservation of agricultural lands; protection of tourism assets and view planes; floodplain issues; and the protection of our waterways. Work on this planning process is anticipated to start in early 2021. During this process, residents, businesses and organizations will have opportunities to engage with staff and Council and contribute to the direction of our community plan.

Land Use Survey – Provide Your Feedback!

As part of the Community Plan Update, municipal staff identified the current use of each property in the future planned area. Now we are asking for your feedback! Did we get the property uses right? Let us know by clicking the Land Use Survey below.


Major Reports

1 – Scoping Report

2 – Community Engagement Report

3 – Land Use Inventory Report – Future Planned Area

4 – Community Consultation Update 1 – June 2021

5 – Community Consultation Update 2 – Sept 2021


Topic Papers

1 – Beamish Road

2 – Front Yard Accessory Buildings

3 – Salvage Yards

4 – Private Roads



1 – Community Plan Update Video – Introduction

Open House Content

1 – East Hants Overview Map

2 – Land Use Planning

3 – Plan Update Process

4 – Settlements

5 – Environment

6 – Recreational Vehicles

7 – Other Planning Issues

8 – Agriculture

9 – Class 2 Soil Map

10 – Canada Land Inventory Soils Map  (soil class descriptions)

11 – Land Use Inventory (survey)

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