Plan It Colchester

Plan It Colchester Municipal Planning Strategy Engagement

The Municipality of the County of Colchester has launched Plan It Colchester - a project to develop a County-Wide Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB). Much of the County is unplanned, resulting in an organic form of growth and development over the years. Colchester, like the rest of Nova Scotia, has seen a recent population increase, and with a growing population comes pressure for new development. Without planning in place, communities have no say in where and how their communities grow and change. 

Recognizing the changing dynamics of development in Nova Scotia, the Provincial Government passed Bill 58 in 2018, an amendment to the Municipal Government Act that requires every municipality to develop and adopt planning that meets the minimum planning standards. This project will bring Colchester County into compliance with the new provincial regulations, while also presenting an important and exciting opportunity for residents to help shape the vision for the future of their communities. Plan It Colchester will rely heavily on feedback from the community to help shape the vision, guiding principles and policies that will determine how the Municipality grows and develops.

Upcoming Meetings  

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No upcoming meetings at this time.  





Project Update

The new Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw are currently being drafted by the project team and will be available for public review in the Spring. We will be conducting another round of public engagement at that time to hear your feedback on the draft documents! The engagement will include:

Community Meetings

Stakeholder Meetings

Online Zoning Map

Fact Sheets


 Public Engagament Recap

  • Open House Events (6 across the Municipality) 
  • Pop Up Events (4 across the Municipality) 
  • Online Open House presentation:
  • Online Group Discussions 
  • Online Public Survey 
  • Online Interactive Mapping Activity 

Project Steps 

1.     Engagement Summary and Recommendations Report 

This document includes a thematic analysis of information that was received throughout the formative engagement phase and also contains a draft Vision Statement and Goals for the Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use By-law (LUB). The draft Vision Statement and Goals provides a comprehensive overview of community land use issues and perspectives related to current and emerging areas of interest. The report also identifies any information or knowledge gaps that need to be filled in before the drafting of the planning documents. Click the link below to read the draft report. 

pdf Plan It Colchester Engagement Recommendations Report 2023 (16.62 MB)

2.     Drafting of the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law (Fall/Winter 2023-24)

3.     Draft Consultation (Winter/Spring 2024)

4.     Final Edits and Plan Adoption (by the end of 2024) 


Stay Involved

For project updates, please keep an eye on the Colchester website and social media pages. Regular project updates will also be featured in the Municipal Newsletter.