The Eastern District Planning Commission

provides planning, subdivision and building inspection services in eastern Nova Scotia for the Counties of Antigonish, Inverness, Richmond, and Victoria and the Towns of Port Hawkesbury and Antigonish. The planners, development officers, building inspectors and support staff work toward developing a safe and healthy community for you and your family. For more information on the application and permitting processes see below.

Plan Area Notices

Plan Eastern

Plan Eastern Nova is a project to create a Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB) for all areas of the Municipalities of Antigonish, Inverness, Richmond and Victoria Counties that currently do not have planning documents in place. This project will bring these municipalities into compliance with the Provincial mandate that all areas of Nova Scotia have comprehensive land use planning. Check project news at the Plan Eastern Nova website.

Town of Antigonish Plan

Notice of Public Hearing
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT Council of the Town of Antigonish intend to consider and, if deemed advisable,

  1. Enter into a development agreement to allow for the development of a mixed-use building containing retail commercial and/or professional offices and up to 24 residential units.

Any written or oral presentations (in favour or opposition) to the proposed developments can be made before Council at the Public Hearing to be held:

Monday June 17th, 2024, 6:00 p.m.  Council Chambers of Town Hall at 274 Main Street, Antigonish

Port Hawkesbury Plan

Notice of Public Hearing

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the Port Hawkesbury Town Council for the Town of Port Hawkesbury has given First Reading at the May 21, 2024, Public Meeting and intends to consider and, if deemed advisable,

  1. Enter into a Development Agreement for a maximum of 80 units on Lot 5B, PID #50155779, Memorial Drive, Town of Port Hawkesbury, Inverness County.
  2. Amend the Town of Port Hawkesbury Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law to allow a building supply sales business, retail sales, restaurants, clinics, warehouses, and outdoor storage in the Commercial Restricted (C-4) Zone; and to relax architectural requirements for accessory buildings and amend signage provisions.

Copies of the Staff Reports, providing more detailed information on the proposed amendments and Development Agreement, can be inspected at the office of the Eastern District Planning Commission (located at 606 Reeves Street, Unit 3, Port Hawkesbury) between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm weekdays (excluding statutory holidays) or on the website of the Eastern District Planning Commission at www.edpc.ca.

Any written or oral presentations (in favour or opposition) to the proposed amendments can be made before Municipal Council at a Public Hearing to be held on:

Tuesday June 18th, 2024, 6:00 p.m.  Shannon Studio, Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre,  606 Reeves St.

Staff Reports

Central Richmond Plan
Amendments to the Central Richmond Secondary Plan and Land Use By-law to allow former institutional buildings to be converted into dwelling units. View Document
Port Hawkesbury Plan
File No. PH-DA2024-001 Application to enter into a Development Agreement for a maximum of 80 units on Lot 5B, PID #50155779, Memorial Drive, Town of Port Hawkesbury, Inverness County View Document
Request to amend the Port Hawkesbury Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law to allow a building supply sales business, retail sales, restaurants, clinics, warehouses, and outdoor storage in the Commercial Restricted (C-4) Zone, to relax architectural requirements for accessory buildings, and amend signage provisions. View Document
Town of Antigonish Plan
Application by Paradis Investments Limited to allow for the development of a mixed-use building containing retail commercial, professional offices, and up to 24 residential units by development agreement at 23 Main Street PIDs 01229608, 01229616, and 01229624. View Document
Application by AA Harbour Enterprises Limited to develop a ten-unit apartment building with six one-bedroom units located on the main floor and four two bedroom units located on the second floor at 56 Highland Drive. The proposed development agreement will be negotiated in consideration of the Higher Order Residential Neighbourhood (RN-2) Zone provisions of the Town of Antigonish Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law. View Document
West River Antigonish Harbour Plan
Amendments to the Residential (R-1) Zone to increase the maximum height for senior citizen housing and institutional uses in the West River Antigonish Harbour Land Use By-law. View Document
Application by the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society (AAHS) to enter into a Development Agreement for three (3) Multi-unit Apartment Buildings providing a total of seventeen (17) Units on Lot 2A, PID 10079572, Appleseed Drive, Post Road View Document