The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg has seven Secondary Planning Strategies (SPSs) and Land Use By-laws (LUB). Approximately 12% of the District's land base and 21% of its population (as of 2006) fall within these areas.
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Planning Strategies and Land Use By-laws: What do they do?
A Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law manage land uses to minimize land use conflicts and ensure that what development does occur in a community does so in a manner that best fits into the community.
To ensure that these documents reflect a community's perception of how growth is to occur, these documents are developed at the community level. The Municipality's planning staff work with community representatives who are appointed to an Area Advisory Committtee to obtain input from the community.
Planning is commonly referred to as zoning. The Land Use By-law creates zones in which land use activities are managed. Each zone has a list of permitted land use activities, activities that may be restricted, be subject to a Development Agreement, or be prohibited within that particular zone.
Zone requirements and standards
In addition to listing the uses permitted in each zone, each zone may have one or more of the following requirements:
- Lot area and frontage requirements;
- The location, size, and height of structures;
- Permitted signage, outdoor storage, parking;
- Erosion control standards (i.e. setback from watercourses, removal of natural vegetation).
A zone may have a list of uses permitted by Development Agreement. A Development Agreement is a legal contract between a landowner and Municipal Council that controls various aspects of the Development, such as hours of operation, amount of parking, landscaping, etc. A Development Agreement would be used for those types of land uses that would not normally fit the existing land use pattern and not otherwise be a permitted use in the zone (i.e. an industrial use in a residential zone).
A Development Agreement enables Council to exercise more specific control over the development to ensure that it conforms to the charater of the existing community.
Public consultation is a required part of a Development Agreement. A Development Agreement cannot be approved by Council until such time as the public has been consulted. This provides the community with an opportunity to have input into how a development occurs within their community.
Can a Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law be amended?
As time goes by, things change, such as market forces, population characteristics, and the types and forms of development. In recognition of this, a Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law can also change. The Municipal Government Act establishes the procedure for amending a Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law.
The Municipality has, within its planning documents, set a timeline for a plan review to keep documents up to date. If any individual is looking to apply for an Amendment, an Application to Amend a Planning Strategy and/or Land Use By-law is required. For further information, please contact the Planning Department.