Municipal Planning & Land Use By-laws
Public Input Requested on a Proposed Roundabout on Grand Lake Road
The Council of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is seeking the public’s input on a proposed amendment to the Municipal Planning Strategy and the Land Use By-law which would permit the relocation of Kent Building Supplies to a site fronting on the south side of Grand Lake Road just west of the City Motorsports/Polaris site at 914 Grand Lake Road.
In addition to having to amend the zoning to permit a Kent Building Supplies, the Municipal Planning Strategy needs to be amended to permit this business development to be accessed via a roundabout located on Grand Lake Road. The CBRM is requesting the public’s input on this proposed change in policy via an online survey.
Access the online survey
This survey will be available until May 21, 2018
CBRM's Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw (jurisdiction is all of CBRM except the North End neighbourhood of Sydney)
The Province’s Municipal Government Act gives municipalities the authority to adopt a Municipal Planning Strategy to provide statements of policy to guide their development and management. In 2004 CBRM adopted its first Planning Strategy which included an implementing Land Use Bylaw. The Act describes a Land Use Bylaw as a regulatory document which enables certain policies of the Planning Strategy to be carried out. After a review by the Province’s Department of Municipal Affairs 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 These former documents were repealed with the adoption of the new CBRM MPS and LUB.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
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)