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Development Agreements and Re-Zonings

A development agreement is a legally binding contract between the Municipality and a property owner. This agreement sets out certain conditions, design requirements and land use regulations so the property owner is eligible to apply for a development permit. A development agreement only applies in certain situations and typically deals with architectural design, permitted uses, landscaping and site design.

The Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law set out certain types of land uses which must be considered during the development agreement process. Certain uses may have the potential to create land use conflicts; the development agreement process ensures that the interests and policies of Council are addressed when considering new proposals. You are encouraged to consult with the Town's Planner who can tell you if you are eligible to apply for a development agreement.


Zoning is an important part of the Town's planning process. A property's zoning dictates what types of uses are permitted and also regulates how a property may be developed. A property may be zoned commercial, industrial, residential, etc. which helps determine the functions of certain areas in Town.

A property owner may have the opportunity to rezone a property when he/she wishes to develop the property in a manner which is contrary to the existing zoning regulations. The rezoning process gives the Municipality the opportunity to review development proposals that are not permitted as-of-right under the Land Use By-law.

Development Agreement and Re-zoning Application Process

When the application is made - The application process for a development agreement and re-zoning are similar. For either process the applicant must submit a letter of application addressed to Jason Fox, Director of Planning of the Planning and Development Services, Town of Truro, 695 Prince St, Truro, NS, B2N 1G5.

This letter of application should provide the following information:

  • The name of the property owner(s)
  • Mailing address and telephone number of the applicant
  • Location of the property
  • Brief description of the purpose of the application outlining any related development proposal.

Please note that in addition to the above, development agreement applications must also include the following:

  • A site plan, drawn to scale, showing the proposed development, indicating size and dimensions of any new buildings, landscaping, parking areas and the size of parking stalls, etc.
  • A copy of the deed description of the subject property(s).
  • Renderings, building plans or architectural elevation drawings of any proposed structure.

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