Land use planning balances the interests of individual property owners with the wider interests and objectives of the whole community. Good planning helps a community set goals about how it will grow and develop, and to work out ways of reaching those goals, while keeping important social, economic and environmental concerns in mind. The Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS), Land Use By-law (LUB) and Subdivision By-law (SDB) are the primary tools used by Nova Scotian municipalities to plan and design communities. No development can be permitted in Bridgewater which is contrary to the policies and regulations of the Municipal Planning Strategy, Land Use By-law and Subdivision By-Law.
Municipal Planning Strategy:
The Province gives municipalities the power to make statements of policy with respect to a broad range of activities, including development, land use, public lands, transportation, municipal services, and many other matters related to the physical, social and economic development of the community. Municipalities, including Bridgewater, do this through their primary planning policy document referred to as the Municipal Planning Strategy or MPS. The intent and rationale behind all land use objectives and policies are articulated in this document.
Land Use By-law & Zoning Map:
The Land Use By-law (LUB) is the primary companion document to the Municipal Planning Strategy. The LUB is the means by which Town Council will carry out the intent of the Municipal Planning Strategy for land use and development purposes. This is done through specific municipal regulations and standards, for matters ranging from permitted land uses within each zone, property setback requirements, lot area and frontage requirements, landscaping requirements, sign and fencing requirements, and much more.
The subdivision of land is closely related to the provision of streets and services as well as the orderly progression of land development. In accordance with the Provincial Subdivision Regulations, municipalities establish local procedures and requirements through their Subdivision By-law to address matters such as lot size, access to lots, the extension of services to new lots, street/sidewalk design, and the provision of open space. The Subdivision By-law is directly linked to both the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law.
Design & Construction Standards:
The Town's Design & Construction Standards are comprised of the minimum technical standards that must be met when developing lands in Bridgewater. The technical standards provide detailed specifications and requirements for the design and construction of infrastructure the Town will become responsible for including critical infrastructure items such as roads, sidewalks, wastewater, stormwater, and water systems.
Purchasing Planning Documents & Mapping:
Hard copies of the Town's Planning Documents are available for sale in the Planning Department. Costs for the documents and mapping are as follows:
|Document Name||Cost (incl. HST)|
|Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) & Maps (11”x17”)||$50|
|Land Use By-law (LUB) & Zoning Map (11”x17”)||$50|
|Subdivision By-law & Construction Standards (SDB)||$20|
|Complete Set (MPS, LUB, SDB)||$100|
|Large-scale plots of maps||$10/plot|