Phase I Overview

Our last Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) review was completed in 2008 with a strong focus on sustainability. Since that time a number of amendments have been made; however, Council has also identified a number of challenges with the document and on January 13th, 2015 the Town Council voted to review the MPS and its enabling by-laws ( Land Use By-law  and Subdivision By-law). The current MPS  is also available online.

To view the most current drafts of the planning documents being reviewed as part of this process, please visit the Draft Documents page.


What We Heard Report

The What We Heard Report is a record of everything that we learned from Wolfville’s Residents, Municipal Staff, Planning Advisory Committee members and Councillors throughout Phase 1. This “Living Document” was updated regularly throughout the first phase of the planning review as new consultation events were held. It contains all of the information gathered up to the end of the primary public engagement portion of Phase I ending in September 2015.


The What We Heard Report begins with an overview of consultation principles, the communication strategy for the project and a summary of consultation events that were held as part of other studies over the past few years.

Section C talks about the “Preliminary Consultation” phase of the planning review project, which ran from May to September 2015. There, you will find information about what the project team heard during the first community visit in May, the Pop-up Planning events that Town Staff ran throughout the summer, the survey of students at Wolfville School and the PlaceSpeak platform. As a result, seven high-level issues emerged during the preliminary consultation phase. You can view these here.

Section D includes what the project team heard during the planning week events in September 2015. The events included the the Housing Forum, workshops for the Planning Advisory Committee, Councillors, and stakeholders from key community organisations, a consultation with Acadia students, the public IGNITE! Presentations and the CREATE public workshop. Detailed summaries of the break-out tables from the CREATE workshop are also included in this section.

14 policy themes emerged as community priorities during the September events. These are described in Appendix D of the What We Heard Report. Read about the Emerging Policy Themes.

FOTENN also supplied Town Staff with a memo on Boarding, Lodging & Rooming Houses in conjunction with their delivery of the What We Heard Report, which can be viewed here.

Other Supporting Documents