Planning Department

Structure of the Planning & Development Department

The Planning & Development Department is divided into the following branches:

The Planning Services Branch maintains and operates a GIS to provide and analyze spatial data to support long range policy initiatives of the CBRM. To date the Planning Services Branch has been instrumental in providing technical and analytical support for projects as varied as:

  • development of the Regional Municipality's tax structure correlating the tax rate to the level of service provided;
  • establishing council district boundaries;
  • establishing and maintaining an address system for use in implementing the 911 response system;
  • establishing fire service boundaries;
  • a demographic report for the Regional Municipality;
  • a draft report intended to guide the future development of the region focusing on economic development, the environment, transportation and infrastructure;
  • a Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw now in effect throughout the Municipality;
  • preparing and revising policies on the subdivided land within CBRM

The Development Service Branch is responsible the CBRM's administrative service obligations pursuant to Parts 8 and 9 of the Municipal Government Act. More specifically this includes the following:

  • administering the various land use bylaws in effect throughout the Regional Municipality;
  • administering the Subdivision Bylaw in effect throughout the Regional Municipality;
  • processing applications to amend any land use bylaw, the Subdivision Bylaw, or any Municipal Planning Strategy.

The Building Services Branch looks after the processing of your building permit application. Approval of an application to construct a building will involve examination of construction drawings, confirmation of zoning and setbacks, approval from CBRM Engineering, and possibly approval from the Department of the Environment and approval of the Department of Transportation.

The Bylaw Enforcement and Licensing Branch is responsible for administering various municipal bylaws and provincial regulations including the Parking Meter Bylaw, Taxi Bylaw, Vendors and Traders of Goods Bylaw, and the Unsightly Premises Act.

 

Planning & Development Department Staff

Staff Phone Email
Director Planning & Development/Planner, Malcolm Gillis (902) 563-5027 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Senior Planner/Heritage Officer, Rick McCready (902) 563-5072 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Planner, Karen Neville (902) 563-5088 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Development Officer, David Paton (902) 563-5134  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Assistant Development Officer, Sandra Bobyk (902) 563-5092 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
GIS/Planning Technologist, Jamie Whitters (902) 563-5071 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Planning Technologist/ Civic Addressing, Bill MacDonald (902) 563-5075 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Office Administrator, Colleen McGuire (902) 563-5068 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
General Information (902) 563-5070