Amendments to the Municipal Government Act and the Halifax Regional Charter introduced today, Sept. 25, will require municipalities to plan for the efficient use of land within their boundaries.
Under the new amendments, municipalities will be required to create land use plans to meet specific requirements. These requirements will reflect a minimum threshold for land use planning. The amendments will also require municipalities to consult with neighbouring communities when adopting or amending their plan.
“Mandatory planning supports a consistent approach to land use and development across the province,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Chuck Porter.
These amendments will also ensure that all land use plans adhere to the Statements of Provincial Interest on agriculture, drinking water, flooding, infrastructure and housing. Statements of Provincial Interest outline the province’s vision for protecting Nova Scotia’s land and water resources. They also address issues related to the growth of communities.
Currently, the Municipal Government Act and Halifax Regional Municipality Charter do not require municipalities to plan with regard to land use.