Municipal Planning & Land Use By-laws
Public Hearing for the
Annual Review of the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law
The CBRM’s first Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law were adopted in the summer of 2004, since that time it has been the practise of the Planning and Development Department to undertake an annual review of each document. The proposed amendments are not meant to change the direction of these documents, but rather make them easier to read for those who administer and those who must comply with their policies and provisions.
Due to the number of proposed amendments, they will be presented in two parts. Part One (Application 1033) of the annual review only includes amendments Land Use By-law, while Part Two (Application 1034) of the annual review includes amendments to the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law as well as necessary amendments to the Zone Map. The proposed amendments can be viewed in their entirety below:
Part One Amending By-law (Application 1033)
Part Two Amending By-law (Application 1034)
In accordance with the Municipal Government Act, Council is required to hold a Public Hearing prior to considering any amendments to the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law. Public Hearings for Part One (Application 1033) and Part Two (Application 1034) are scheduled for Tuesday, August 15th at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 2nd floor Civic Centre, 320 Esplanade, Sydney. Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed amendments is welcome to make a presentation at the Public Hearing. Written submissions will be received at the Planning and Development Department, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Suite 200, 320 Esplanade, Sydney, N.S. at any time prior to the Public Hearing.
CBRM's Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw (jurisdiction is all of CBRM except the North End neighbourhood of Sydney)
On August 25, 2004 CBRM Council adopted the Cape Breton Regional Municipality's first Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw after an extensive Public Participation Program which began in October 2003. After a review by the Director of Planning for the Province of Nova Scotia these planning documents came into effect September 17, 2004.
This new Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw replaced the 15 municipal planning strategies and land use bylaws adopted by the former municipalities of Cape Breton County prior to the 1995 amalgamation. These former documents were repealed with the adoption of the new CBRM MPS and LUB.
These current versions of the Land Use Bylaw and Municipal Planning Strategy available here also include amendments adopted by Council to date.
Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw - North End Sydney
In addition to the regional Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw noted above, the CBRM Council adopted a Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw for an area in the North End of Sydney on May 16, 2006. The Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw were developed following a year and a half of consultation with residents and landowners of the North End. These documents replace the regional Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw for the area of Sydney affected.
The North End Sydney Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw took effect on September 2, 2006, following a review by the Nova Scotia Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Copies of these documents and related maps are available below for download.
Land Use Bylaw/Zoning Maps
(For more detailed maps, consult list below or use this map to determine which map number you require; map numbers correspond with maps listed below.)
What is a Zoning Confirmation?
Upon receipt of a formal written request, the Development Officer will provide a signed letter certifying the zoning provisions of the Land Use Bylaw in effect for a given parcel of land.
What is the fee for a Zoning Confirmation?
The fee for a Zoning Confirmation is $25.00. Because a Zoning Confirmation is not a licence or permit you are obliged to acquire under legislation of the Province of Nova Scotia, the CBRM is obliged to charge HST. The inclusion of this tax increases the fee to $28.75.
According to the 2001 Census of Canada, the population within the Cape Breton Regional Municipality is 109,330. This represents a decline of approximately 7.2% from the population recorded during the 1996 census (117,849) including Native Reserves. When Statistics Canada releases more 2001 census data the CBRM web page will provide a more detailed analysis of this latest census.
Below is a table providing historic demographic statistics for the CBRM and the eight former municipalities which comprised Cape Breton County prior to the August 1st, 1995 amalgamation.
* Estimated 2006 and 2011 population by CBRM Planning & Development Department; estimates were
required due to changes in dissemination area boundaries implemented in 2001 and 2006
by Statistics Canada
* LSB = Louisbourg DOM = Dominion NSY = North Sydney SYM = Sydney Mines
NWD = New Waterford GLB = Glace Bay SYD = Sydney
CBM = Municipality of Cape Breton County
Population counts in red indicate a decline from the previous census.
"The Cape Breton Regional Municipality at the End of the 20th Century " (480.89 KB)
The Report entitled Population Projections for Cape Breton Municipal Units - 2001-2021 dated February 5, 2004 as prepared by the Terrain Group Inc. can be viewed by clicking here (508.84 KB).
Population Projections for Cape Breton Regional Municipality: 2006 - 2021
CBRM Demographic Final Report (2008)
CBRM Demographic Presentation to Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) (May 2008)
CBRM Demographic Presentation to PAC (February 2008)