The Planning Department is responsible for the planning and general design of the Town of Bridgewater.
Land-use planning enables the Town to establish both long and short-term goals for growth and development, while considering social, economic, and environmental implications. Through certain planning processes, interests and objectives of individual property owners are balanced with the greater interests and objectives of the Town.
The Planning Department must be contacted prior to the commencement of any development in Bridgewater, be it a residential deck addition or a large multi-unit commercial or residential development.
The Department is located on the first floor of the Town Hall. For a directory of Planning Department staff, click here.
Land-use planning balances the interests of individual property owners with the wider interests and objectives of the whole community.
Good planning helps a community set goals about how it will grow and develop, and to work out ways of reaching those goals, while keeping important social, economic and environmental concerns in mind.
The Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS), Land Use By-law (LUB) and Subdivision By-law (SDB) are the primary tools used by Nova Scotian municipalities to plan and design communities. No development can be permitted in Bridgewater which is contrary to the policies and regulations of the Municipal Planning Strategy, Land Use By-law and Subdivision By-Law.
Director of Planning
The Director of Planning manages the Planning Department, and provides services and advice on matters regarding land use policy, regulation and development. The Director is responsible for carrying out all procedures required by statute for the adoption, amendment and implementation of the Town of Bridgewater's Municipal Planning Strategy, Land Use By-Law, and Subdivision By-Law. If you have any questions regarding planning and development in Bridgewater, please do not hesitate to contact the Director of Planning.
Nick Brown, CPT
The Development Officer is responsible for administering the Town's Land Use By-Law, Subdivision By-Law and Land Leased Community By-Law, and is available to receive Development Permit applications from landowners. For any questions regarding zoning / permitted uses, subdivision of land, small-scale business uses or signage, please contact the Development Officer directly.
Leon de Vreede
Sustainability Planner/Project Coordinator
The Sustainability Planner is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Town's Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP). The ICSP, which was approved by Town Council in March, 2010, identifies 62 strategic actions (i.e., projects and initiatives) that will help make the Town organization and community more sustainable. For any questions regarding the ICSP, please contact the Sustainability Planner directly.
The Planner carries out an array of different Planning Department activities at the direction of the Director of Planning.