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Amendment to Limit Size of Shipping Containers and Prohibit Refrigerated Containers

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Municipal Council (1st Reading)
October 12,2017, at 8:45 AM
Council Chambers
151 King St, Chester

What is the project?

In response to recent Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law amendments that permit shipping containers in some areas of the Chester Village Planning Area, a request for a further amendment was made by the Village Area Advisory Committee to limit the maximum size of shipping containers permitted and prohibit all forms of refrigerated containers due to concerns with noise and exhaust creating a nuisance or land use conflict with adjacent properties.

Further details on the limitations that are proposed for shipping containers in the Chester Village Planning Area can be viewed in the July 18 Staff Report to VAAC and the September 14 Memorandum and Report to Council; listed at the bottom of this page.

How can I be heard?

There are several opportunities throughout the process to hear about the proposal, to ask questions, and to provide feedback to the Municipality.

All public meetings and hearings will be posted on this page as the dates are set and advertised in the Progress Bulletin.

What has happened?

At the April 18, 2017 meeting of the Village Area Advisory Committee (VAAC), a motion was passed that requested this amendment.

Council approved this motion at its April 27, 2017 meeting, and staff began drafting the amendment for consideration.

Village Area Advisory Committee (VAAC) discussed the proposed amendments at its July 18, 2017 meeting, and made a positive recommendation to Council, meaning they think Council should approve the amendment to the Land Use By-law.

Citizens Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC) discussed the proposed amendments on August 28, 2017 and made a positive recommendation to Council.

The draft amendments were presented to Council at the September 14, 2017 meeting. Council requested some minor revisions to the proposed amendments to allow some flexibility for containers which have minor protrusions (vents, handles, latches, etc.) or only slightly exceed the maximum limit on size. These revisons have been made by staff and will be brought forward to a future Council meeting for 1st Reading of the amendments.

What is the next step?

The Village Area Advisory Committee (VAAC) and Citizens Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC) have provided positive recommendations that Council move forward with the draft amendments.

Municipal Council has requested minor revisions to the amendments. The revised amendments will be brought to Council who may then give the amendment "first reading", which is the first step towards approving or rejecting the amendment. If Council chooses to move ahead with the amendment, they will set a Public Hearing date, which is an opportunity for the public to speak directly to Council about the proposed amendment. After the Public Hearing, Council will then vote on whether or not to approve the amendment.

How can I find out more?

For more information on this amendment, you can contact the Community Development Department at 902-275-2599 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Documents and Reports relating to this application:

Staff Report #1 to Village Area Advisory Committee - July 18, 2017

Staff Memorandum to Citizens Planning Advisory Committee - August 28, 2017

Staff Memorandum to Council - September 14, 2017

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reVISION OVERVIEW        DRAFT DOCUMENTS        ENGAGEMENT        PROCESS & TIMELINE        BACKGROUND        CONTACT
 
 
 
 
In 2014, the Municipality started a process to update our planning documents. This plan review process - or as we like to call it, reVISION - will create new documents that guide how and where the municipality will grow and change. Those documents include:
  • Municipal Planning Strategy
  • Village Secondary Planning Strategy
  • Land Use By-Laws
  • Subdivision By-Law

Based on the community feedback we have received, we know that the current plans and by-laws are out of date. They do not reflect all of our community values. The reVISION process will help us build the community’s vision, goals and approaches for new growth and development. It will guide how the community develops over the long term.

The Citizens Planning Advisory Committee is guiding plan review. They are a group of residents selected by Council to represent the interests of their communities and the Municipality as a whole. Staff has been working with the Committee since 2014 to define different planning ideas across the Municipality and determine the direction of the new planning documents based on the public engagement we have conducted.

Central to the reVISION process is to view the area through the eyes of the public. We want help from residents to decide where growth should happen and what growth should look like. Your ideas and values are needed to build this plan!

 
 
 
The draft of the Municipal Planning Strategy was completed in Winter of 2017. The plan has not been adopted by Council, and may see further changes. The first draft of the Municipal Land Use By-law, the companion document that will implement the policies found in the Municipal Planning Strategy, was released in September 2017, and is currently being developed by Staff and the Citizen's Planning Advisory Committee. Once the final drafts of both of these documents are written, there will be further public engagement.
 
 
 
During the first round of public enagement in the winter of 2014/15, we hosted seven public meetings across the Municipality. We also hosted a number of meetings on specific topics. The purpose of the engagement sessions was to provide an opportunity for residents to share their visions of life in the municipality and identify issues, opportunities and priorities. The current plan does not contain this visionary component and therefore provides limited guidance when faced with planning requests that are ‘out of the norm’. The public input on these visionary components guided CPAC’s initial deliberations when creating the draft Municipal Strategy.
 
The feedback from these meetings is found in our First Public Engagement Report.

The second round of public engagement meetings took place between August and November 2015. The purpose of the consultations were to:

  • Confirm the vision and planning goals developed by CPAC and staff, as a result of the information gathered during the first round of consultation;
  • Present some specific ideas regarding planning, and gain public feedback to assist CPAC with their next step in the development of the revised Municipal Planning Strategy

The feedback from these meetings is found in our Second Public Engagement Report.

Details about future public engagement will be posted on this site. You can also subscribe to our Mailing List to be automatically notified about meetings and draft document

 

 
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Prior to beginning the reVISION process, staff created seven background reports dealing with the topics that need to be addressed in the plan review process. These documents give an introduction to some of the topics that will be covered in the new planning documents, and identify some of the challenges the Municipality is facing with the current documents.
 
 
 
For more information about reVISION, please feel free to contact our Community Development Department.
 
186 Central St
PO Box 369
Chester, NS B0J 1J0
 
902-275-2599
 
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We have completed our online survey and are compiling results. Thank you for your feedback!

Amendment to Permit Shipping Containers South of Highway 3 in Chester Village

AMENDMENT STATUS
Rejected by Council
AMENDMENT LOCATION
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UPCOMING MEETINGS

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What is the project?

A request has been received to permit shipping containers within the Highway Commercial Zone for commercial businesses located to the south of Highway 3 within the Village Boundary.

What has happened?

The Village Area Advisory Committee (VAAC) reviewed the initial request on April 18, 2017 and decided to seek feedback and comments from members of the public before providing a recommendation on the amendment.

A Public Information Meeting was held on May 15, 2017. A paper and online survey was conducted, which has now closed. Posters advertising the survey were posted at prominent locations around the Village.

The survey results and a staff report on the Public Information Meeting went back to the Village Area Advisory Committee (VAAC) on June 20. After receiving the results of the public engagement, the Committee gave a negative recommendation, meaning they recommend Council reject the application.

Citizens Planning Advisory Committee received the recommendation of VAAC on August 28, and also gave the application a negative recommendation.

On September 14, Municipal Countil received the recommendations of VAAC and CPAC, along with the staff reports detailing the application and the results of the Public Information Meeting and survey. After considering the application, Council voted to reject the application to amend the Chester Village Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law.

What is the next step?

This application is now closed.

How can I find out more?

For more information on this amendment, you can contact the Community Development Department at 902-275-2599 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Documents and Reports relating to this application:

Staff Report #1 to Village Area Advisory Committee - April 18, 2017

Staff Report #2 to Village Area Advisory Committee  - June 20, 2017

Staff Memorandum to Citizens Planning Advisory Committee - August 28, 2017

 

Sherbrooke Lake Public Park Development

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The Districts of Lunenburg and Chester are seeking residents/property owners from both Districts to join the Sherbrooke Lake Park Advisory Committee. The purpose of this Committee is to provide advice to the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg on the design, development and operations of the park.

Deadline to apply is September 12, 2017.
Click here for the application form and click here for the terms of reference.

For further information and to submit applications, please contact:
Trudy Payne, Director of Recreation Services at 902-541-1333 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR
Chad Haughn, Director of Recreation and Parks at 902-275-3490 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Background

As of March 2, 2017, the Municipality of Chester and the Municipality of Lunenburg agreed to enter into a formal Memorandum of Understanding to address concerns of public access to property purchased by MODL on Sherbrooke Lake. Council for the Municipality of Chester held a public meeting to discuss the  terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between the municipalities concerning the development in February 2017.

As a bit of a background, after public consultation, MODL purchased a piece of property in the Municipality of Chester to develop as a park. The property, located at Sherbrooke Lake, was chosen to promote lake access to the public in response to requests from MODL residents. As a result of concerns of increased traffic and issues resulting from that, the two municipalities agreed to work together on some aspects of the development.

The purpose of the MOU is to ensure that MODC has sufficient input on the future development. It is fairly simple in concept and the key principles are

  • MODC will be consulted and informed throughout the design process;
  • MODL will make decisions around the features and function of the park;
  • A Park Advisory Committee with reps from MODC and MODL will define the key design elements, consult with neighbours of the property and the broader public, oversee the design, and provide advice to MODL on operation once developed;
  • The access shall have an environmental focus, and the idea is for it to be safe, clean and secure as well as accessible for the general public; and
  • The intention is for the development to have minimal impact and could take several years for implementation.

Although the Committee has not made any design recommendations, Phase One of the development could include access for facilities such as,

  • a swimming area
  • a dock/slip for canoes and kayaks
  • a picnic area
  • a hiking trail
  • a change room
  • a natural playground

Design is set to start in 2017-18 with development potentially beginning in 2018-19. In addition, a Stewardship Committee will be formed to establish a water quality monitoring program. They will gather baseline data in the 2017-18 fiscal year. Both MODC and MODL will share in any costs of water testing. The Agreement resulted in amendments to the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law being discontinued as it applies to land owned by MODL.

 

 

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The Municipality requested that the Canadian Radiocommunications Information and Notification Service (CRINS) perform an external audit on our Letter of Concurrence process we used during Eastlink's application to Industry Canada for installation of a communications tower at the site of the Chester Volunteer Fire Department on Central Street in Chester. Organizations are required to seek a Letter of Concurrence from municipalities during this application process before proceeding with installation.

We held a Public Information meeting and Public Hearing, but received no opposition. The Municipality wrote the required Letter of Concurrence, and Eastlink proceeded with installation. After the installation, concerns were raised by a group of residents. As a result, the Municipality asked CRINS to review our process. Meanwhile, CRINS has an existing protocol that Council has decided to adopt (click here to read it).

Council has received the External Audit Report as well as an accompanying document outlining further edits and corrections (links below).

 

 

CRINS Antenna System Siting Review & Consultation Protocol

External Audit Report on Bragg Communications (dbs Eastlink) Site NSB472 "Chester Fire Hall"

Corrections and edits to Audit Report from CRINS

Tell us what you think!

We are nearing the end of our second round of public engagement. To ensure everyone has a chance to give us their input, two surveys are available: one for residents of the Village of Chester and one for the Municipality. Please take a few moments to tell us what you think!

MODC reVISION Survey

VOC ReVISION Survey

The reVISION Process

Plan Review Timeline

Phase 4 – Putting it all Together

We are now in Phase 4 of the reVISION process. We are currently writing draft policy and draft Land Use By-laws. Drafts are available in the documents section. The newest drafts are released in our Committee agenda packages.

Phase 3 – Working with Communities

Phase 3 consisted of:

  • 7 community open houses and public consultations
  • An online survey
  • Conducting impromptu conversations in the community through the use of “pop-up” displays at local community locations
  • A “meeting in a box” toolkit.

The report from this round of public engagement will be released soon.

Phase 2 – Goals and Approach

The Citizens Planning Advisory Committee has met regularly since October 2015. They are a group of residents selected by Council to guide the Plan Review. Staff has worked with the Committee to define different planning ideas across the Municipality and to produce an approach and goals. The preliminary approaches and goals are found below. They form the basis for the documents we are creating in Phase 4.

Phase 1 – Kick Off

The Citizens Planning Advisory Committee was formed to ensure that public feedback is reflected through the reVISION process. This committee provides recommendations at each step of the process, and gives staff and Council feedback on reports and policy options.

We held seven public engagement sessions. We discussed the reVISION process and led the public in community visioning exercises. The results of the public engagement from Phase 1 are available in our first Public Engagement Report.

We also completed seven background reports dealing with the topics that need to be addressed in the reVISION process:

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What's been done?

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We are now in Phase 4 of the Plan Review and are currently writing draft policy and draft Land Use By-laws.  Some of these drafts are available in the documents section. The newest drafts are often in our Committee agenda packages.

Phase 3: Working with Communities.

We plan to release our second report on public engagement by mid-March.

Phase 2: Goals and Approach

The Citizens Planning Advisory Committee has met regularly since October 2015. They are a group of residents selected by Council to guide the Plan Review. Staff has worked with the Committee to define different planning ideas across the Municipality and to produce an approach and goals. The preliminary approaches and goals are found below.  They form the basis for the documents we are creating in Phase 4.

The goals are based on our first round of public meetings.  A Public Engagement Report summarized the findings at these meetings.

Phase 1 - Background Reports

 

What is reVISION?

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NEWS

The next meeting of the Citizens Planning Advisory Committee will be:

Monday 28th August, 6.30p.m. Council Chambers


The report from the second round of public engagement meetings which took place between August and November 2015 has now been released.

View Report

CONTACT US

Community Development
186 Central St
PO Box 369
Chester, NS B0J 1J0

902-275-2599
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In 2014, the Municipality started a process to update our planning documents. This plan review process - or as we like to call it, reVISION - will create new documents that guide how and where the municipality will grow and change. Those documents include:

  • Municipal Planning Strategy
  • Village Secondary Planning Strategy
  • Land Use By-Laws
  • Subdivision By-Laws.

Based on the community feedback we have received, we know that the current plans and by-laws are out of date. They do not reflect all of our community values. The reVISION process will help us build the community’s vision, goals and approaches for new growth and development. It will guide how the community develops over the long term.

Central to the reVISION process is to view the area through the eyes of the public. We want help from residents to decide where growth should happen and what growth should look like. Your ideas and values are needed to build this plan!

To stay up to date about the reVISION process, including upcoming events, please join our Plan Review email list. We have also created some quick-read documents to help introduce you to the Plan Review process:

Zoning Confirmation Letters

A zoning confirmation letter is often requested prior to the sale of a property to obtain information on any permits and approvals issued by the Municipality for the property. The letter includes a review of any development permits issued for the property and information on any known Land Use By-Law violations against the property. A zoning confirmation letter also includes a review of any building permits issued for the property.

Process for obtaining a zoning confirmation letter:

  1. The cost is $30.00 per property, and payment due at the time the request is submitted. We will not issue Zoning Confirmation Letters until payment is received. Receipts issued for zoning confirmation letters are normally hand written from a receipt book.
  2. We process zoning confirmation letters within five business days of the request. We will attempt to meet shorter time frames when requested; however, to ensure the information is received by closing, please allow as much time as possible prior to.
  3. If requesting confirmation that an existing building complies with current Land Use By-Law setbacks, please include the submission of a current location certificate or plan of survey, prepared by a professional surveyor.
  4. If comments on the existing or proposed use are required, please declare the use in the request submitted to our office.

For more information or if you would like to request a zoning confirmation letter, contact the Community Development Department at 902-275-2599.