The Municipality of Yarmouth approved the adoption of the amended revised Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use By-law (LUB) at its council meeting Wednesday night.
Although guidelines and policies have been in existence since 1984, the need for periodical review of these documents is mandated by provincial legislation.
Revisions to the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use by-Law will now provide more protection for fresh water resources with the adoption of a riparian buffer policy. Vegetation growing on lakeshores and riverbanks is nature’s filter.
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There were no written requests for presentations addressing the revisions, however the Tusket River Environmental Protection Association submitted a letter strongly encouraging council to pass the revised Municipal Planning Strategy and Land-Use By-Law.
Executive director John Sollows wrote that the suggestions provided earlier by TREPA in the process still stand, but by and large, the environmentally responsible direction these documents are moving the municipality in is a very positive one, to which TREPA gives full support.
"We are concerned that council may receive some pushback from individuals and businesses who may object to some of the new restrictions proposed for wetlands, dykelands, and riparian buffer zones. Most of us don’t like being told what we may and may not do on our own property, but if activities have severe adverse effects on others, they should not be allowed. In our experience, there is very limited public awareness of the importance of environmentally sensitive areas, such as those mentioned above, to our general well-being, and most people, once made aware, want to behave responsibly," wrote Sollows.
Former councillor and former chair of the Planning Advisory Committee, Ken Crosby, who was in the audience, was acknowledged for his work on the documents.
District planner Brad Fulton said the next step for the documents is to forward them to the minister of Service Nova Scotia so his department can review them. Once this has been completed the documents will be returned to council and a notice will be published in the Vanguard, at which time the revisions become effective.
For more information on the revisions, visit the Municipality of Yarmouth website and click on the MPS and LUB link.