MPS & LUB Review

The Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) is a document that guides land use policies and, indeed, the vision of the municipality over the next decade. The Land-Use Bylaw (LUB) sets out the development regulations for the municipality in harmony with the Municipal Plan.

In 2018, the Province of Nova Scotia enacted mandatory planning requirements to reflect a minimum threshold for land use planning. The amendments also require municipalities to consult with neighbouring communities when adopting or amending their plan.

The new amendments to the Municipal Government Act 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 and they also address issues related to the growth of communities.


St. Mary’s existing Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw were last updated in 2006 and require an update by 2021 under the new provincial legislation.

Two public workshops were held in July welcoming residents to participate in a community visioning workshop. The planning consultants for this project, Fathom Studio, lead the workshop session to gather feedback from the community. The public was also invited to provide comments through an online survey which was launched in July 2020 and ran until September 2020.

Council is currently waiting for a copy of the draft MPS and LUB from the consulting company and will proceed through the appropriate adopting process which includes a first reading, public hearing, second reading after which the documents will be submitted to the Provincial Government for approval.

Survey Results:

pdf New Development Priorities (47 KB)  
pdf What Should the Municipality Prioritize (59 KB)
pdf Municipal Survey Results (143 KB)
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