Official Community Plan

The East Hants Official Community Plan directs how our community grows and develops over time. In 2023, East Hants Council completed the process of amending our Community Plan so that the entire municipality has comprehensive land use planning. Learn more about the 2023 Community Plan Update process here.

The Land Use Bylaw, Subdivision Bylaw and Municipal Planning Strategy were approved on September 20, 2023.

The 2023 Official Community Plan documents are available for download below.

If you have questions regarding the plan, please contact the Planning & Development Department at 902-883-3387 or email.

Municipal Planning Strategy

Section A – Introduction

Section B – Citizen Engagement

Section C1 – Growth Management and Infrastructure

Section C2 – Healthy Public Realm

Section C3 – Urban Design & Community Character

Section C4 – Transportation

Section C5 – Parks, Open Space & Public Facilities

Section C6 – Residential Development

Section C7 – Economic Development

Section C8 – Rural Residential Development

Section C9 – Environment

Section C10 – Rural and Agricultural Lands

Section C11 – Tourism & Heritage

Section D – Realizing the Plan

Section E – Appendices


2023 Municipal Planning Strategy Combined

Land Use Bylaw (LUB)

Part 1 – Administration

Part 2 – Definitions

Part 3 – General Provisions

Part 4 – Signage

Part 5 – Rural Zones

Part 6 – Residential Neigbourhood Zones

Part 7 – Mixed Use Zones

Part 8 – Separated Commercial Zones

Part 9 – Community Use Zones

Part 10 – Environmental Zones

Part 11 – Appendix A Land Use Bylaw Maps

Part 11 – Appendix B Form Based Zone Requirements for the Village Core

Part 11 – Appendix C Site Plan Approval Forms

Part 11 – Appendix D Environmental Study

Part 11 – Appendix E Large Scale Wind Turbines

Part 11 – Appendix F MC Special Area Map

2023 Land Use Bylaw Combined

Subdivision Bylaw

Subdivision Bylaw


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