UPDATED to: February 19, 2019.

On Wednesday December 5th, 2018, the Oakland Area Advisory Committee recommended a set of draft documents for consideration to Planning Advisory Committee & Council. (See related materials below.)

On Thursday January 24th, 2019, staff will present draft planning documents to the Municipality's Planning Advisory Committee. The meeting will start at 6.30pm. Below please find documents pertinent to the Oakland Plan Review that will be included in the PAC package:

Covering Memo to Draft Planning Documents

Draft version 3.1 Oakland Secondary Planning Strategy (related draft Map 1)

Draft version 3.1 Oakland Land Use By-law (draft Schedule A - Zoning Map, Schedule B - Development Constraints Map)

Staff communications materials during Review (includes: August 2018 Open House Brochure, Nov 2017 OIPRA Handout, June 2017 Handout)

UPDATED Cross-Reference Aide to Draft By-law v. Current 2003 By-law

On Tuesday February 12, 2019, Municipal Council made motion to give notice of their intention to adopt the new Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law for the Oakland Plan Area.

A PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION will be held Tuesday March 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM, at the Mahone Bay Centre, 45 School Street, Mahone Bay. 

A PUBLIC HEARING will be held by Council on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM, at the Mahone Bay Centre, 45 School Street, Mahone Bay.



In April 2017, municipal staff began working with the Oakland Area Advisory Committee (AAC), to review & update the existing Oakland Secondary Planning Strategy & Land Use By-law.

A copy of the existing planning documents for Oakland can be found HERE.

Advisory Committee meetings are expected to be held in 2017-2018. AAC Meetings are open to the public. Any resident or landowner interested in the Plan Review process can attend.

Preliminary agendas for AAC meetings are available to interested parties through an e-mail Public Notice communications, sent out approximately one week prior to a meeting date. You can subscribe to the Oakland e-Notice list serve here: LINK

This particular webpage will be updated over the course of the Plan Review, as information and materials from past meetings are posted. You can contact Douglas Reid at the municipal offices (902-530-3480). 


The next proposed meeting date for the Oakland Plan Review will be: Wednesday December 5th, 2018, starting at 7.00PM

At the next meeting, the Oakland Area Advisory Committee will be reviewing an UPDATED version of the Draft Strategy & By-law.

MEETING LOCATION: Indian Point Fire Hall



AAC Agendas and related meeting materials following the August 21st Public Open House:


Wednesday December 5th 2018 (Meeting #25) - preliminary Agenda

Draft version 3 Oakland Secondary Planning Strategy

Draft version 3 Oakland Land Use By-law

Meeting Minutes (draft to follow meetings)


Tuesday November 27th 2018 (Meeting #24) - preliminary Agenda

Staff Report (2p) on Public Notice Requirements & Prohibited Uses Category

updated Correspondence sent to Committee (3p) - List

Meeting Minutes


Wednesday November 14th 2018 (Meeting #23) - preliminary Agenda

Staff Report (7p) on Environmental Setbacks, Lot Development Limitation & Tourist Accommodations Threshold -related regulations

updated Correspondence -related Matters (also 7p)

Meeting Minutes


Wednesday October 24th 2018 (Meeting #22) - preliminary Agenda

Staff Reports (8p) on Outdoor Wood Furnaces, Regulations affecting Shelters for Farm Animals, & Framework for Commercial Development

Attachments (14p) for Report #2 (re: Environmental Farm Plan, Manure Storage Areas)

Meeting Minutes


Wednesday October 10th 2018 (Meeting #21) - preliminary Agenda

Agenda Meeting Package (Meeting Package is a consolidation of public feedback since August Open House & related documents)

Meeting Minutes


PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Open House Notice

An Open House regarding the Oakland Plan Review took place TUESDAY AUGUST 21st at the Mahone Bay Centre.

THANK YOU to all the citizens who came out to the information session, to ask questions about the Draft materials or existing set of regulations, and to discuss the Review with staff and Advisory Committee members. If you were not able to attend the Open House, the Municipality is still interested in receiving feedback.

Below: you will find copies of the Draft documents. There is also a link to the CURRENT 2003 Plan and Land Use By-law. Staff also has put together a "Cross Reference Aide" for comparing proposed regulations found in the 2018 Draft with the existing 2003 regulations.


In receving public comments, staff has put together a short FEEDBACK FORM you can print off or download and return to the Municipality. The Municipality is looking to receive comments by September 17th, 2018 so that written feedback can be included in time for the next Advisory Committee meeting.


There is also a short (4p) Information Pamphlet that looks to summarize the most noted changes currently found in the Draft.


If you have questions on these information materials, please contact Douglas Reid at 902-530-3480.

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The Open House is(was) an opportunity for residents and property owners in the Oakland Plan Area to become more informed and provide comment to municipal staff and members of the Oakland Area Advisory Committee on the current Draft Secondary Planning Strategy & Land Use By-law. The Area Advisory Committee has been meeting regularly since April 2017 as part of the Oakland Plan Review.

The following draft documents can be reviewed. These documents serve as the basis of discussions at the Open House.

DRAFT Secondary Planning Strategy v.2.1

DRAFT Map 1 (forms part of Strategy)

DRAFT Land Use By-law v.2.1

DRAFT Schedule A - Zoning Map (forms part of By-law)

DRAFT Schedule B - Constraints Map (forms part of By-law)


A Notice was sent to all property owners in the Plan Area - for further information, please contact Douglas Reid at 530-3480.

See you on August 21st.

20 Meetings of the Oakland AAC were held prior to the August 21st Public Information Meeting / Open House:


Tuesday July 24th 2018 (Meeting #20) - preliminary Agenda

DRAFT By-law Definitions section

DRAFT v.2.1 Secondary Planning Strategy & DRAFT v.2  Land Use By-law

Meeting Minutes


Tuesday June 19th 2018 (Meeting #19) - preliminary Agenda

DRAFT Regulations, for Committee Review, on By-law sections 6-8

Meeting Minutes


Wednesday May 23rd 2018 (Meeeting #18) - preliminary Agenda

continuation of review of DRAFT Section 5 - Rural zone requirements

Meeting Minutes


Tuesday May 15th 2018 (Meeting #17) - preliminary Agenda

DRAFT Regulations, for Committee Review, on Rural Zone requirements (Pt.5) of By-law

Meeting Minutes


Tuesday April 17th 2018 (Meeting #16) - preliminary Agenda

DRAFT Regulations, for Committee Review, on Administrative & General provisions sections (Pt.1-4) of By-law

Meeting Minutes


Wednesday January 24th 2018 (Meeting #15) - preliminary Agenda

Meeting Minutes


Wednesday January 10th 2018 (Meeting #14) - preliminary Agenda

DRAFT v.2 Oakland Secondary Planning Strategy (35p)

Letter sent to Municipality - Identified Concern with Permitted Uses Framework

Meeting Minutes


Wednesday December 13th 2017 (Meeting #13) - preliminary Agenda

Chart (for Committee Discussion) on proposed Listed Uses (4p)

Meeting Minutes


Tuesday November 28th 2017 (Meeting #12) - preliminary Agenda

DRAFT Oakland Secondary Planning Strategy, v.1 (31p)

DRAFT Map 1 (referenced in above)

Meeting Minutes  (Revised Copy)


Tuesday November 7th 2017 (Meeting #11) - preliminary Agenda

DRAFT Policy, for Committee Review & Discussion, on Rural Zone Designation (9p)

Meeting Minutes


Thursday October 19th 2017 (Meeting #10) - preliminary Agenda

DRAFT Policy, for Committee Review & Discussion, on Environmental Protection, Signage, Administration (14p)

Meeting Minutes


Wednesday October 4th 2017 (Meeting #9) - preliminary Agenda

Staff Memo on Shipping Containers (3p)

Update - Results of August 23rd Public Input Questionnaire #2 (4p)

revised DRAFT Policy, for Committee review, on Ocean Shoreline Designation (2p)

Meeting Minutes


Wednesday August 23rd 2017 (Meeting #8) - preliminary Agenda

Questionnaire #2 - FEEDBACK FORM on Commerical Development in Plan Area. PLEASE NOTE: Questionnaires can be returned by Sept. 8th

Plan Review Handout

Meeting Minutes


PUBLIC NOTICE sent July 25 as Mailout to Oakland Plan Area residents re: August 23rd meeting.


Wednesday August 9th, 2017 (Meeting #7) - Preliminary Agenda

DRAFT Policy, for Committee review & discussion, on Ocean Shoreline Designation (7p)

Comparison Table: identified Prohibited Uses / Restricted Developments in Oakland / Blockhouse / Princes Inlet planning documents (2p)

Meeting Minutes


Thursday July 20th, 2017 (Meeting #6) - Preliminary Agenda

Staff Memo on Site Plan Approval process. (3p)

Staff Memo on "Listed Uses" framework for Commercial Developments. (3p)

Update - Results of June 13th Public Input Questionnaire #1 (2p) 

Meeting Minutes


Tuesday June 20th, 2017 (Meeting #5) - Preliminary Agenda

DRAFT Policy, for Committee review, on Environmental Zone Designation - Protected Water Area (6p)

Meeting Minutes


Tuesday June 13th, 2017 (Meeting #4) - Preliminary Agenda

Questionnaire #1 re: Zoning for Highway #3 section of Oakland Plan Area. PLEASE NOTE: Questionnaires can be returned by July 10th

Plan Review Handout

Meeting Minutes

**Identified for Follow-up: A List identifying current Prohibited Uses in Blockhouse / Princes Inlet v. current Restricted Developments in Oakland


Wednesday May 31st, 2017 (Meeting #3) - Preliminary Agenda

DRAFT Policy, for initial Committee review, on a "2" Rural Zone Designation framework (10p)

Meeting Minutes


Wednesday May 24th, 2017 (Meeting #2) - Preliminary Agenda

Staff Memo on Zoning Designations. (5p)

Meeting Minutes


Tuesday April 25th, 2017 (Initial Meeting) - Preliminary Agenda.

Presentation of Staff Background Report.

Copy of Initial Public Advert.

Meeting Minutes