Community Plan Update

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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 relate 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.

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 – Front Yard Accessory Buildings Report

Topic Papers

1- Beamish Road


1 – Community Plan Update Video – Introduction

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