Municipality of the District of Guysborough

Planning News

Public Hearings Notices
October 9, 2013


On October 9, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. three Public Hearings will be held for the purpose of three separate requests for rezoning received by the Municipality. Further details on each of the rezoning requests can be read in the following three thumbnail attachments.

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A Public Hearing is an opportunity for residents of the Municipality to make formal written or oral submissions to Municipal Council regarding the proposed rezoning. Council shall consider all written and oral submissions by interested persons who would like to express concerns or comments regarding the proposed amendment to the Zoning Map.
Written submissions will be received by the Municipal Office Until 3:00 PM, Wednesday, October 9, 2013.  Written submissions shall be addressed to Ms. Ashley Cunningham, at 33 Pleasant Street, Guysborough, NS or by email:

Participants wishing to speak at the public hearing must adhere to the following guidelines:

1. The public hearing is scheduled to begin Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm. The public hearing will continue until all speakers on the list are heard by Council. Each speaker will have a maximum of five minutes to share their comments with Council.

2. All speakers must sign up on the first day of the public hearing. The speaker signup sheet will be available at the Municipal Office one half hour prior to the start of the public hearing at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

3. You must add your own name to the list on a first come first served basis. No one else can add your name to the list for you.

4. In order to ensure that you are present when your name is called, you should be in attendance at the public hearing until you have made your comments to Council.

5. Following the close of the public hearing, Council will begin their deliberations on the proposed amendment.



From time to time the Municipality of the District of Guysborough offers property for sale by public tender that is not required for a municipal purpose.  For example, in Little Dover the Municipality has a parcel of land identified as the “Little Dover Subdivision” that has been set aside for residential development and lots are available for sale upon request from an interested individual.
Sale of Municipal Property is usually as a result of a request by a resident to purchase a particular parcel of land that is assessed in the name of the Municipality.  The Municipality has a specific policy that must be followed when requests are received by the public to purchase property however the first step is for an individual is to identify a particular parcel of land that they are interested in purchasing.   
Sale of municipal property is usually done by way of a public tender in the local newspaper however in rare circumstances Council may waive policy and sell a parcel of land directly to an individual.  This usually only happens if the parcel of municipal land is undersized and it abuts the applicants property and it is in the best interest of the Municipality to sell this property directly to that individual.
If the Municipality decides to sell a parcel of land to an individual there are several costs, in addition to the purchase price, that the purchaser is responsible to pay.  These costs include but are not limited to the following:
• HST on the purchase price
• the expenses of the Municipality in searching the title and migration of the property
• the expenses of the Municipality in arriving at the valuation of the property which could include an appraisal if required
• the expenses of the Municipality in having the property surveyed if necessary
• the cost for advertising
• the expenses of the Municipality to have the deed prepared including deed transfer tax on the sale and recording fees

For additional information on the Municipality’s policy on purchasing municipal property, please contact Ms. Deborah Torrey, Development Officer at (902) 533-3705, Extension 222 or email



Winter Construction Plans?
October 2013 Update

If you are considering a new project this Fall or Winter that involves a new construction, addition, renovation or even a demolition drop by the Municipal Office to discuss your project with the Building/Planning Staff. 

The Municipality of the District of Guysborough requires a Building/Development permit for almost all types of construction to ensure compliance with both the National Building Code of Canada and the Municipal Land Use Bylaw. 

What is a Development Permit and why do I need one?
A Development Permit is required to determine whether your proposed project is permitted under the Municipality’s current zoning regulations in accordance with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough Land Use Bylaw.  In reviewing your application the Development Officer will consider things such as:

• the shape and dimensions of your lot;
• the distance from the lot boundaries, dimension and height of the building or structure you are proposing to build or enlarge;
• the distance from the lot boundaries and size of every building already on your lot;
• parking requirements and proposed location and dimensions of those spaces;
• the proposed use of the lot and any building or structure; and
• any other information deemed necessary to determine whether or not the proposed development conforms to the requirements of the Land Use Bylaw.

What is a Building Permit and why do I need one?
A Building Permit is required to determine whether your proposed project meets all requirements of the National Building Code of Canada as well as the Municipality’s own Building Bylaw.  In reviewing your application for a Building Permit, the Building Inspector will require the following information:

• the size and shape of your proposed development;
• a floor plan of your proposed development providing enough information to ensure the plan complies with the Building Code;
• a plan prepared by an architect or engineer for large projects such as commercial/industrial buildings and residential structures over three stories in height;
• a site plan showing the location of your proposed development including distances from your property lines;
• the value of your proposed development;
• a copy of your driveway approval from Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal where applicable;
• a copy of your approval from Department of Environment for On-site Sewer where applicable; and
• any other information required to determine compliance with the National Building Code of Canada and the Municipality’s Building Bylaw.

There are exceptions to these requirements.  A Building Permit is NOT required for new buildings 10 m2 (107.6 ft2) or less in total floor area, fences less than 2 metres (6.56 feet) in height or for non-structural repairs under $2,500 however you may still require a Development Permit to determine compliance with the Municipality’s Land Use Bylaw. 

So if you are thinking about a new project please drop by the Municipal Office or give our Building/Planning Staff a call to discuss your project now to prevent any unnecessary delays in your building plans this Winter.

For more information please visit our website at or give us a call at (902) 533-3705, Extension 235 for Building Inspection and Extension 222 for Planning and Development.