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Land Use Planning

What is land use planning?

Within the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, community planning has been accomplished through the management of land development to preserve and enhance the quality of life within a community. The management of land development involves consideration of infrastructure requirements (sewer, roads), land patterns, and a community's perception of how they want their community to grow.

Provincial legislation, under the Municipal Government Act, enables Council to do this through the adoption of a Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law (commonly referred to as Zoning). Presently, the Municipality has seven Planning Strategies and Land Use By-laws. Each Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law is a reflection of how each of the communities wants growth to occur within their respective areas.

Planning Strategies and Land Use By-laws

Development Control

Planning Strategies and Land Use By-Laws

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.

  pdf The Land Use Control Map (1.51 MB) of the Municipality shows areas where planning occurs.

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).

Development Agreements

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 character 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.

Zoning

Approximately 12% of the Municipality's land falls within an area where there are zoning regulations. Zoning regulations outline permitted uses for the area in compliance with the appropriate Land Use By-law.

The Land Use Control Map shows areas of the Municipality with zoning regulations.

If you live in any of the following communities, your property may be governed by a Land Use By-law:

Each Land Use By-law has a zoning map which indicates which zone the property is in and the regulations that will apply.

To confirm zoning for a property, either consult the appropriate zoning map or contact the Municipality's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If zoning information is required specific to a property and provided in writing, the Municipality of Lunenburg requires the appropriate request form to be completed accompanied by the necessary fee. Details on the location of the property and the intended use will be required to provide the correct information.

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 character 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.