August 30, 2018 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA At the August 28 Council meeting, Council conducted first reading of the Municipal Planning Strategy and Subdivision By-Law. The draft Strategy and By-Law are the result of nearly a year of research and engagement with the Planning Advisory Committee, consultants, engineers, members of the public and the development community.

“The Planning and Advisory Committee and Council have spent a great deal of time and attention on developing a comprehensive and modern Municipal Planning Strategy and Subdivision By-Law,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Our goal is to continue to make the Municipality an attractive choice for investment and ensure that development continues. We want residents to continue to have access to reasonably priced homes that can be safely serviced by emergency vehicles and waste removal vehicles.”

A public information session will be held on Monday, September 17 at 7pm at the Italy Cross Fire Hall, followed by a public hearing on Monday, September 24 at 7pm in Council Chambers. The purpose of the public information session is to inform the public on what is being proposed in the draft documents. After the public information session, Council can hold a public hearing.

The public hearing is an opportunity for the public to speak for or against the proposed documents. It is one last time for Council to hear from the public on the proposed documents before deciding to adopt the documents. After the close of the public hearing, Council, if they deem it advisable, can conduct second reading and adopt the documents.

Residents can learn more and view the documents at www.modl.ca/SubdivisionBylaw

-30-

Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328

 

Backgrounder

Adopting a Municipal Planning Strategy and Subdivision By-Law

The process to adopt the proposed Municipal Planning Strategy and Subdivision By-Law requires Council to conduct first reading of the documents. Upon first reading of the documents, Council must advertise their intention to adopt the draft documents and hold a public hearing.

The notice of a public hearing must appear 14 day before the public hearing and be advertised at least once a week for two successive weeks. Prior to the public hearing, it’s Council’s policy (MDL-66) when conducting planning document reviews to hold a public information session prior to holding a public hearing. The purpose of the public information session is to inform the public on what is being proposed in the draft documents. After the public information session, Council can hold a public hearing.

A public hearing is an opportunity for the public to speak for or against the proposed documents. A public hearing is one last time for Council to hear from the public on the proposed documents before deciding to adopt the documents. After the close of the public hearing, Council, if they deem it advisable, can conduct second reading and adopt the documents.

After the close of the public hearing, Council either adopts the documents or rejects the documents. For Council to make any substantial changes to the documents they would be required to conduct first reading again and provide notice of and hold another public hearing.

Once Council publishes notice of their intention to adopt the proposed Subdivision By-Law, a 150-day clock starts. During the 150-day period, any completed subdivision proposal applications received that are inconsistent with the proposed Subdivision By-Law will be refused. Upon Council conducting second reading, the documents are sent to the Provincial Director of Planning to determine if they are subject to Minister’s approval. Once the Municipality hears back from the Provincial Planning Director that the Minister’s approval is not required, a notice will be published stating that the new Municipal Planning Strategy and Subdivision By-Law is in effect.