reVISION Plan Review

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After almost five years of public consultation, committee meetings, writing and re-writing, the Municipality has prepared final drafts of two new documents: the Municipal Planning Strategy and the Land Use By-law — which will shape the way that our communities grow over the next 20 years. These documents have policies and regulations dealing with the environment, the economy, heritage and community character, housing, and social and physical health.

Read More in the document library on the right.

Zoning is one tool used to achieve the outcomes detailed in the Municipal Planning Strategy. Zones determine what can be built where, and what the approval process is for certain types of development. All areas of the Municipality will see some change to zoning rules.

Municipal Council has now given 1st Reading to the new documents at a meeting held on October 24, 2019. Council has also set a date for a Public Hearing: November 25, 2019, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Forest Heights Community School. The Public Hearing is the last opportunity to tell us whether or not you agree with the new documents. Written submissions will be accepted for the Public Hearing but must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on November 18, 2019 to the Municipal Clerk (pmyra@chester.ca) or phone 902-275-3554.

Council may vote to adopt the documents following the Public Hearing.

Visit the Interactive Map to find your current and proposed zoning.

Click here to contact us if you need help with the map

After almost five years of public consultation, committee meetings, writing and re-writing, the Municipality has prepared final drafts of two new documents: the Municipal Planning Strategy and the Land Use By-law — which will shape the way that our communities grow over the next 20 years. These documents have policies and regulations dealing with the environment, the economy, heritage and community character, housing, and social and physical health.

Read More in the document library on the right.

Zoning is one tool used to achieve the outcomes detailed in the Municipal Planning Strategy. Zones determine what can be built where, and what the approval process is for certain types of development. All areas of the Municipality will see some change to zoning rules.

Municipal Council has now given 1st Reading to the new documents at a meeting held on October 24, 2019. Council has also set a date for a Public Hearing: November 25, 2019, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Forest Heights Community School. The Public Hearing is the last opportunity to tell us whether or not you agree with the new documents. Written submissions will be accepted for the Public Hearing but must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on November 18, 2019 to the Municipal Clerk (pmyra@chester.ca) or phone 902-275-3554.

Council may vote to adopt the documents following the Public Hearing.

Visit the Interactive Map to find your current and proposed zoning.

Click here to contact us if you need help with the map

  • Clarifications for New Planning Documents

    20 days ago
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    As we move toward the Public Hearing for the new Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law (November 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Forest Heights Community School), we have heard many questions and some concerns over the new regulations. Council and staff want you to understand the potential changes to your communities so you can provide comments and suggestions, but it is important that the information you receive is accurate.

    We are often asked why is any of this needed? Things have worked fine in the past and we don’t need more regulations or rules, this is a RURAL area! In general, we agree that the Municipality is in a good position. BUT, we do regularly get calls and hear concerns about particular issues, such as water quality protection. The purpose of reviewing and re-writing the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law is to update the documents and to develop them as a tool that will address some of these valid areas of concern. For many of you, the new planning documents will not have much, if any, impact on your day-to-day use of your own property.

    Every resident and property within the Municipality is already in a zoned area. The new plan is not expanding zoning to areas that are un-zoned. While some zones could be changed, we have heard comments that this plan is an expansion of the zoned area, which is a misconception. All parts of the Municipality have zoning and regulations for development which have been in place since 2004. The reVISION Plan Review is a required update to the existing planning documents and an excellent opportunity to address some of the concerns raised by residents over the last 15 years.

    If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to the Community Development Department or your Councillor. We will go through the information with you, describe any proposed zoning for your area, and talk to you about it.



    As we move toward the Public Hearing for the new Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law (November 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Forest Heights Community School), we have heard many questions and some concerns over the new regulations. Council and staff want you to understand the potential changes to your communities so you can provide comments and suggestions, but it is important that the information you receive is accurate.

    We are often asked why is any of this needed? Things have worked fine in the past and we don’t need more regulations or rules, this is a RURAL area! In general, we agree that the Municipality is in a good position. BUT, we do regularly get calls and hear concerns about particular issues, such as water quality protection. The purpose of reviewing and re-writing the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law is to update the documents and to develop them as a tool that will address some of these valid areas of concern. For many of you, the new planning documents will not have much, if any, impact on your day-to-day use of your own property.

    Every resident and property within the Municipality is already in a zoned area. The new plan is not expanding zoning to areas that are un-zoned. While some zones could be changed, we have heard comments that this plan is an expansion of the zoned area, which is a misconception. All parts of the Municipality have zoning and regulations for development which have been in place since 2004. The reVISION Plan Review is a required update to the existing planning documents and an excellent opportunity to address some of the concerns raised by residents over the last 15 years.

    If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to the Community Development Department or your Councillor. We will go through the information with you, describe any proposed zoning for your area, and talk to you about it.



  • Copies of Final Draft Available in Each Council District

    23 days ago

    Copies of the Final Draft of the new planning documents are now available in each Council District. These copies are available to borrow at no cost to take home and review. We ask that you use the sign-up sheet and return the copies when you are finished.

    Copies are available at the following locations as of Friday October 25, 2019:

    District 1: The Deck

    District 2: Aspotogan Heritage Trust

    District 3: Chester Municipal Office, Annex Building (186 Central Street)

    District 4: Petro Canada, Chester Basin

    District 5: Richardson's Garage

    District 6: New Ross Family Resource Centre

    District 7: Bonny Lea...

    Copies of the Final Draft of the new planning documents are now available in each Council District. These copies are available to borrow at no cost to take home and review. We ask that you use the sign-up sheet and return the copies when you are finished.

    Copies are available at the following locations as of Friday October 25, 2019:

    District 1: The Deck

    District 2: Aspotogan Heritage Trust

    District 3: Chester Municipal Office, Annex Building (186 Central Street)

    District 4: Petro Canada, Chester Basin

    District 5: Richardson's Garage

    District 6: New Ross Family Resource Centre

    District 7: Bonny Lea Farm

    Copies will also be left with the South Shore Mobile Library (as of Wednesday October 30th).

    You may also download a copy of the documents from the Voices & Choices document library, or purchase your own copy from the Community Development Department for $10.00.

    For further information or questions, please contact the Community Development Department at 902-275-2599.

  • Public Hearing November 25th, 7:00 p.m. at Forest Heights Community School

    27 days ago

    At a Council meeting held on October 24, 2019, Municipal Council gave 1st Reading to the new Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law.

    Council selected a date for a Public Hearing, which must be held prior to Council voting to adopt the documents. The Public Hearing will be held on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Public Hearing will be held at Forest Heights Community School (847 Highway 12, Chester Basin, NS). There is a Storm Date set for November 27th if required.

    The Public Hearing is an opportunity to address Council and speak in favour...

    At a Council meeting held on October 24, 2019, Municipal Council gave 1st Reading to the new Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law.

    Council selected a date for a Public Hearing, which must be held prior to Council voting to adopt the documents. The Public Hearing will be held on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Public Hearing will be held at Forest Heights Community School (847 Highway 12, Chester Basin, NS). There is a Storm Date set for November 27th if required.

    The Public Hearing is an opportunity to address Council and speak in favour or against the new documents. If you are unable to attend the Public Hearing or prefer to submit a written submission, these must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on November 18. Written submissions may be directed to Pamela Myra, Municipal Clerk, PO Box 369, Chester NS, B0J 1J0 or email: pmyra@chester.ca

    For further information or questions, please contact the Community Development Department at 902-275-2599.


  • FINAL DRAFT Documents Now Available!

    29 days ago

    The Final Draft of the new Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law are now available to download. The MPS and LUB received a positive recommendation from the Citizen's Planning Advisory Committee at a meeting held on October 7th, 2019.

    The Final Draft documents will now be brought to Municipal Council for 1st Reading on Thursday October 24. If Council is satisfied with the documents they may give 1st Reading and select a date for a Public Hearing. The Public Hearing will be advertised and is a final opportunity to speak to the documents or submit written submissions. The date...

    The Final Draft of the new Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law are now available to download. The MPS and LUB received a positive recommendation from the Citizen's Planning Advisory Committee at a meeting held on October 7th, 2019.

    The Final Draft documents will now be brought to Municipal Council for 1st Reading on Thursday October 24. If Council is satisfied with the documents they may give 1st Reading and select a date for a Public Hearing. The Public Hearing will be advertised and is a final opportunity to speak to the documents or submit written submissions. The date for the Public Hearing will be posted to this site and advertised once determined by Council.

    To view the FINAL DRAFT of the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law, click "more" on the right hand side of the screen under the Document Library. Navigate to the folder titled "FINAL DRAFT MPS & LUB (Fall 2019)". From here you can download copies of the Municipal Planning Strategy, Municipal Land Use By-law and corresponding maps.

    Comments and submissions are welcome during the approval process and should be submitted to the Municipal Clerk no later than 7 days prior to the Public Hearing (pmyra@chester.ca).

    For further information or questions, please contact the Community Development Department at 902-275-2599.

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  • reVISION Municipal Plan Review - Fall 2019 Update

    2 months ago

    After a bit of a hiatus during the summer with focus on several other large planning projects, staff have now completed the Final Draft of the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law. The next step in the process is to bring the Final Draft to the Citizen's Planning Advisory Committee for consideration and to receive a recommendation that Council adopt the new documents.

    This meeting of the Citizen's Planning Advisory Committee is scheduled for Monday October 7th beginning at 6:30pm. The meeting is being held in Municipal Council Chambers (151 King St) and is open to the public to...

    After a bit of a hiatus during the summer with focus on several other large planning projects, staff have now completed the Final Draft of the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law. The next step in the process is to bring the Final Draft to the Citizen's Planning Advisory Committee for consideration and to receive a recommendation that Council adopt the new documents.

    This meeting of the Citizen's Planning Advisory Committee is scheduled for Monday October 7th beginning at 6:30pm. The meeting is being held in Municipal Council Chambers (151 King St) and is open to the public to attend.

    If CPAC is satisfied with the new documents and provides a positive recommendation, the documents will then be presented to Council to receive 1st reading and set a date for a Public Hearing. Once a date has been determined, this information will be posted here as well as copies of the Final Draft documents for review and comments.

    Comments and submissions are welcome at any time up to and during the approval process. Comments or questions can be submitted via this site, by emailing revision@chester.ca or via the Municipal Facebook page (www.facebook.com/chestermunicipality).

    For further information or questions, please contact the Community Development Department at 902-275-2599.

  • reVISION Municipal Plan Review - New Year Update

    11 months ago

    Happy 2019 to residents and property owners of MODC!

    With the start of a new year, being the 5th year of reVISION Plan Review, we felt that an update would be appropriate as the finishing touches are made to the new Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law. 2018 saw significant work and progress made and Council wishes to sustain this positive momentum with the publication of the final draft documents early in 2019. There are only a handful of items remaining that require a decision from Council. Council plans to consider these items in January so that staff...

    Happy 2019 to residents and property owners of MODC!

    With the start of a new year, being the 5th year of reVISION Plan Review, we felt that an update would be appropriate as the finishing touches are made to the new Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law. 2018 saw significant work and progress made and Council wishes to sustain this positive momentum with the publication of the final draft documents early in 2019. There are only a handful of items remaining that require a decision from Council. Council plans to consider these items in January so that staff may finalize the draft Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law. Once complete, the draft Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law will be posted to this site and available for review and comment prior to Council giving 1st reading (the first step in officially adopting the new documents), which is anticipated to take place in February or March.

    Comments and submissions are welcome at any time up to and during the approval process. Comments or questions can be submitted via this site, by emailing revision@chester.ca or via the Municipal Facebook page (www.facebook.com/chestermunicipality).

    For further information or questions, please contact the Community Development Department at 902-275-2599.


  • Meeting Notes from Joint Council/CPAC Meeting Now Available - September 17

    about 1 year ago

    Municipal Council and the Citizens Planning Advisory Committee held a joint meeting on September 17, 2018 to review and discuss outstanding topics and issues related to the reVISION Municipal Plan Review. Due to a lengthy Agenda, the group decided to adjourn the meeting and continue on October 1. The notes from the September 17 meeting were approved on October 1, 2018, and are now available to view by clicking here. Notes from the October 1 meeting will be posted when approved at the next joint meeting of Council and the Citizens Planning Advisory Committee.

    For further information, to submit...

    Municipal Council and the Citizens Planning Advisory Committee held a joint meeting on September 17, 2018 to review and discuss outstanding topics and issues related to the reVISION Municipal Plan Review. Due to a lengthy Agenda, the group decided to adjourn the meeting and continue on October 1. The notes from the September 17 meeting were approved on October 1, 2018, and are now available to view by clicking here. Notes from the October 1 meeting will be posted when approved at the next joint meeting of Council and the Citizens Planning Advisory Committee.

    For further information, to submit comments or ask a question regarding the reVISION process, please contact 902-275-2599, email: revision@chester.ca or leave a comment on this website.

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  • reVISION Municipal Plan Review Update: Citizens Planning Advisory Committee Meeting & Joint Council/CPAC Workshop Dates

    about 1 year ago

    As an update to the reVISION Municipal Plan Review process, the dates of two upcoming meetings have now been set:

    The first is the Citizens Planning Advisory Committee meeting. This meeting is scheduled for September 10th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Municipal Council Chambers at 151 King Street, Chester. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an update to CPAC on recent discussions with Council and on the results of the Public Engagement meetings held in April and May of 2018.

    The second meeting is a joint workshop session between Council and the Citizens Planning Advisory Committee. This meeting...

    As an update to the reVISION Municipal Plan Review process, the dates of two upcoming meetings have now been set:

    The first is the Citizens Planning Advisory Committee meeting. This meeting is scheduled for September 10th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Municipal Council Chambers at 151 King Street, Chester. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an update to CPAC on recent discussions with Council and on the results of the Public Engagement meetings held in April and May of 2018.

    The second meeting is a joint workshop session between Council and the Citizens Planning Advisory Committee. This meeting is scheduled for September 17th, 2018, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in Tuck's Hall, St Stephens Anglican Church, 54 Regent Street, Chester. The purpose of this workshop is to allow committee members and Councillors to discuss any outstanding aspects of the Draft Documents that require direction.

    Both meetings are open to the public to attend, however, time for public comments or presentations is not planned. Any member of the public who wishes to address Council may do so prior to any regularly scheduled Council or Committee of the Whole meeting, held each Thursday at 8:45 a.m. in Municipal Council Chambers, 151 King Street, Chester. Additionally, when the Draft Documents reach the Public Hearing stage, this includes time for presentations or submissions from members of the public.

    For further information, to submit comments or ask a question regarding the reVISION process, please contact 902-275-2599, email: revision@chester.ca or leave a comment on this website.

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  • ReVISION Plan Review - Council Directed Changes to Draft Documents

    over 1 year ago

    At a two part workshop held on July 25 and August 2, staff presented the Third Round Public Engagement Report to Municipal Council. The report is available to view here. Council had discussions on various topics raised during the 14 public engagement meetings held in April and May. Council then gave direction to staff for each topic as to what changes should be made to the draft documents in response to the comments received. Staff will now make the requested changes to produce a Final Draft. Below is a summary of the general direction provided by Council to staff...

    At a two part workshop held on July 25 and August 2, staff presented the Third Round Public Engagement Report to Municipal Council. The report is available to view here. Council had discussions on various topics raised during the 14 public engagement meetings held in April and May. Council then gave direction to staff for each topic as to what changes should be made to the draft documents in response to the comments received. Staff will now make the requested changes to produce a Final Draft. Below is a summary of the general direction provided by Council to staff on each of the topics listed in the Third Round Public Engagement Report.

    Farm Animals -

    Council chose Option D, form an ad-hoc committee of farmers and citizens to deliberate and present revised regulations to Council. Council chose to separate Farm Animal Regulations from the draft documents. The committee will be formed and will work to recommend an approach for regulating Farm Animals which Council can consider as an amendment to the planning documents. This will allow the draft documents to move forward without being significantly delayed by this single topic. Until the new regulations are determined, existing regulations will be carried forward from the current plan (only affects Single Unit Residential and Rural Residential Zones).

    Recreational Vehicles -

    Council chose to maintain regulations for Recreational Vehicles only on Marvin's Island. Consideration as to whether these regulations should apply to all areas under the Single Unit Residential Zone will be researched further. The draft regulations for Recreational Vehicles will be removed from all other zones.

    Yard Sales/Garage Sales -

    Council chose Option B, to remove all regulations for Yard Sales from the draft documents.

    Solar Collectors -

    Council chose Option C, to remove regulations for solar collectors attached to a main structure, permits and setbacks will be required for off-building solar collectors.

    Coastal Protections -

    Council chose Option B, to await information on the Coastal Protection Act and Regulations proposed by the Province of Nova Scotia. No coastal setback or protections will be included in the draft documents at this time.

    Chester Islands (Minimum Lot size) -

    Council chose Option D, to distinguish those islands that currently are within the Chester Village Planning Area and to reintroduce the minimum lot size for new lots of 10 acres. Those islands outside the current Village Planning Area, will not have the 10 acre minimum lot size applied and will remain with minimum lot size determined based on on-site septic system requirements as determined by the Nova Scotia Department of Environment.

    Exit 6 Zoning (Hubbards Gateway Zone) -

    Council chose Option B, to remove the Gateway Zone and replace with the Settlement Residential Two Zone, with a note that further discussion between the Settlement Residential Two and Mixed Use could be had at the joint meeting between Council and CPAC.

    Settlement Residential Two Zone (Fox Point Lake & Mill Cove) -

    Council chose Option B with some changes, to reduce the area covered by the Settlement Residential Two Zone, by removing the SR-2 Zone from the area south of Mill Cove Park between Highway 329 and the ocean, referred to as the "finger" of SR-2 Zone. This area will be changed to the General Basic Zone so that both sides of the Highway are subject to the same regulations.

    Target Hill Road Zoning -

    Council chose Option B, to replace the Mixed Use Zone with the Single Unit Residential Zone for properties with frontage on Target Hill Road.

    Home Based Business -

    Council chose Option B, to remove Home Based Business from the General Provisions Section and insert language for Home Based Business directly into the Single Unit Residential Zone and coastal Island Zone sections of the Land Use By-law.

    Non-Conforming Uses (MGA 6-Month Period of Discontinuation) -

    Council chose Option B, to add language to extend the 6-month time frame to 12 months for all Non-Conforming Uses. While this would apply to Non-Conforming Farm Animals, that specific aspect can also be addressed by the ad-hoc Farm Animal Regulations Committee discussed in the first section of the workshop.

    Hamlet Zone Boundaries (New Ross, Western Shore & Chester Basin) -

    Council chose Option C, to revise the Hamlet Boundary in New Ross to exclude some larger lots along Rose Bank Road and Gold River.

    Watercourse, Water Bodies, and Wetlands 20m Setback Requirement –

    Council chose Option B, to reduce the required setback distance from 20m to 15m. This discussion also resulted in Council providing direction to reduce the Lakefront Overlay from 20m to 15m (noted later in this report).

    Outdoor Wood Furnaces –

    Council chose Option B, to reduce the horizontal setback requirements for Outdoor Wood furnaces by 50%, the result being that these devices must be setback 22m from property lines and 45m from an existing dwelling on an neighbouring property. In addition, Outdoor Wood Furnaces in the General Basic Zone and Mixed Use Zone will have no regulations and will not require a permit.

    Gateway Zone (Reformat and Introduce Maximum Setback) –

    Council chose Option C, to restructure the Gateway Zone’s list of permitted uses, add language for “all other commercial/institutional uses”, and implement a Maximum Front Yard Setback to address site design.

    Signs –

    Council chose Option B, to move forward with staff suggested changes to simplify and lessen regulations for signs: remove smaller size limit in GW & HM Zones, consider awnings as wall signs and allow up to 20% wall area covered by signs, separate Home Based Business signs, remove one sign per lot limit, allow internally illuminated signs and clarify that setbacks for signs are from property lines.

    ADDITIONAL TOPICS:

    The following topics were not included in the report but were raised during discussion with Council. Direction was provided as follows:

    Lakefront Overlay –

    Reduce the Lakefront Overlay from 20m to 15m around all lakes.

    Kaizer Meadow Zones (Setbacks & Vegetated Buffer) –

    Bring forward the existing watercourse setback (25m) and vegetated buffer requirements (25m) for only the Kaizer Meadow Industrial Zone and Kaizer Meadow Zone. This will result in no change to the current regulations in place for these zones.

    Business Park Zone –

    Council directed staff to apply the Business Park Zone to the area identified. At the time the draft documents were originally prepared, the location of the Business Park was not yet confirmed.

    Farm Animals Existing Regulations –

    Bring forward existing regulations for Farm Animals. This affects only Single Unit Residential Zone & Rural Residential Zone (to become Settlement Residential One). Only those areas that currently have regulations for Farm Animals are affected. This is an interim measure to maintain existing regulations while the ad-hoc Committee is formed and works to recommend a long-term approach for Farm Animal Regulations for the entire Municipality.


    NEXT STEPS:

    At the meeting, Council also directed that staff hold a meeting with the Citizens Planning Advisory Committee to discuss the Third Round Public Engagement Report and the process to date. Following this meeting, a joint meeting between Municipal Council and the Citizens Planning Advisory Committee will be scheduled to work toward a recommendation from the Committee to adopt the Final Draft documents. Dates for these meetings will be posted when they are available.

    For any questions related to the reVISION Muncipal Plan Review Process, please contact us at 902-275-2599 or email: revision@chester.ca


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  • reVISION Third Round Engagement Report - Now Available

    over 1 year ago

    Following the 14 public meetings held in April and May, staff have prepared a report to Council which summarizes the feedback and comments received at the meetings.

    Please click one of the following links to view the report. The first link will open the report including attachments, the second link will open the report only, without attachments (smaller file size):

    1) Third Round Public Engagement Report (Including Attachments) - 115 MB

    2) Third Round Engagement Report (Report Only) - 1.4 MB

    Staff have presented a portion of the report to Council at a session held on July 25, 2018. The...

    Following the 14 public meetings held in April and May, staff have prepared a report to Council which summarizes the feedback and comments received at the meetings.

    Please click one of the following links to view the report. The first link will open the report including attachments, the second link will open the report only, without attachments (smaller file size):

    1) Third Round Public Engagement Report (Including Attachments) - 115 MB

    2) Third Round Engagement Report (Report Only) - 1.4 MB

    Staff have presented a portion of the report to Council at a session held on July 25, 2018. The remaining portion of the report will be presented to Council in the near future. Council will then provide direction to staff to make changes to the draft documents.

    Once the requested changes have been made, staff will bring the revised documents to a meeting with Council and the Citizens Planning Advisory Committee to review the final draft documents. The date and time for this meeting has not been set, but updates will be posted to this site as more information is available.

    If you have any questions regarding the Third Round Engagement Report, the process going forward or any aspect of the reVISION Plan Review process, please post a question here or contact us at 902-275-2599 or email: revision@chester.ca

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