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Planning & Development

The Kentville Planning Department works with our elected officials and the residents of our community to lead the planning process with the goal of creating a livable and vibrant community.

The Department helps civic leaders, businesses, developers and citizens envision new possibilities and create a broad vision for the community.  This vision is delivered in a number of ways, including through the Municipal Planning Strategy, Zoning Bylaw and the delivery or support of other Community Development related special projects and programs.

Land Use Planning is the traditional method of achieving the vision of the future for a community. It is the process of managing land uses; promoting healthy growth and community development; and protecting the living, production and recreational environments of a community. It expresses the community’s desires regarding where different types of expected growth will go, and in what densities, forms and quantities.

Through the policies of the Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and regulations of the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) and Subdivision Bylaw appropriate lands are set aside or ‘zoned’ for certain uses.  Planning aims to make efficient use of the Town’s built infrastructure (streets, water and sewer lines) in order to avoid wasting limited resources.

The Planning Department also strives, through the delivery and support of special projects and Community Economic Development programs to promote a vibrant and active atmosphere in Kentville.  Tourism, festival and event support, marketing, promotions, economic development projects and business district support are provided by the Planning Department through the Community Economic Development Coordinator.


Have questions?  The Planning Department loves to hear from you!  Give us a call or send a email using the information in the sidebar on the right.