By-law No. 112c

The Council of the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield under authority vested in it by the Community Planning Act, enacts an Amendment to By-law No. 112, Town of Grand Bay-Westfield Zoning By-law.

1.(1) By-law No. 112 is hereby amended by deleting definitions No. 6 and No. 50 found in Section 3 Definitions and replacing the following as follows:

1.(1)(a) 6. AGRICULTURAL USE means any use of land for the purpose of producing crops and/or keeping, grazing, breeding, raising, boarding or training of livestock, whether or not for commercial purposes, and includes but is not limited to: cattle, horses, ponies, donkeys, pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry, fish; and can include: tillage, of soil, growing and harvesting vegetables, fruit and field crops, sod farming, stripping of topsoil or excavation of sand and gravel, commercial plant nursery or greenhouse, bee keeping, riding school, riding stable; but excludes commercial Piggeries (more than 6 pigs) or Poultry farms (more than 36 birds).

1.(1)(b) 50. HOUSEHOLD PET means a domestic animal customarily kept within a dwelling or in an outside pen or accessory building for the sole purpose of pleasure, rather than for utility, and includes not more than 3 dogs, 3 cats, 3 rabbits, or small birds or rodents in cages, but excludes cattle, sheep, horses, pigs, poultry, bees and other animals kept as farm animals or livestock customarily found in an agricultural use.

2.(1) By-law No. 112 is hereby amended by deleting the following from Section 5 Special Land Use Regulations item 9. (b):

“Agricultural purposes or keeping of animals other than household pets subject to Section 8.1.5”;

And replacing with the following:

“Agricultural purposes or subject to Section 8.1.6, keeping of animals other than household pets”.

3.(1) By-law No. 112 is hereby amended by adding the following section under Section 5.9 Fences:

“9. Notwithstanding Section 5.9.7, electrified fencing for large farm animals, and no other purpose, may be permitted if:

a) the electric fence is located less than 15 m from a property line, a permanent secondary fence is installed on the outer perimeter(s) of the electrified fence, with a minimum of 0.6 m separation between the two fences or, clear and unambiguous warning signs in both official languages or using a symbol denoting electric shock, as to the existence and location of the electrified fence, are posted on support posts no more than 20 m apart along the outer fence line; and

b) the location of both fences herein described are in compliance with the other provisions of this by-law.”

4.(1) By-law No. 112 is hereby amended by deleting Section 8.1.6 Animals in Residential Zones from Section 8 Residential in total, and replacing with the following:

“8.1.6 Exceptions to keeping Livestock in Residential Zones

Notwithstanding Section 5.1.9(b), and any other provision of this By-law to the contrary, any residential lot containing a dwelling unit consisting of a lot area greater than 1.2 ha (12,000 m²) and with a frontage greater than 55 m, may be used for the keeping of up to a maximum of 6 horses, or 6 cows, or up to 36 birds, where each horse or cow or poultry consisting of not more than 6 birds is provided with at least an additional 500 m² above the minimum lot size; and where the housing of these animals, a stable, barn or other building used for the keeping of the animals may be provided in conjunction with the permitted dwelling unit and any other permitted accessory building where the following shall apply:

i) not be located in front of the main building;

ii) have a minimum rear or side yard of 7.5 m;

iii) be located a minimum or 30 m from a dwelling or potable water supply;

iv) be located a minimum or 60 m from any open watercourse;

v) be no more than 120 m²;

vi) have a height of no more than 9 m.

vii) maintain the same setbacks for open storage or spreading of manure.”

5.(1) By-law No. 112 is hereby amended by deleting Section 5 Portable Garages from Section 4.9 Carports, Attached Garages, Sundecks And Other Projections into Yards in total, and replacing with the following:

“6. Portable Garages portable garages may be permitted on any residential lot, as long as a front yard and side yard setback of 1 metre is maintained. Such garages shall be permitted to be located on residential property between October 1 and April 30, inclusive. No permit is necessary for such uses, but a written approval from the development officer is required for the first installation only if subsequent installations are done in the same location. The maximum area shall be 55 square metres. For any canvas car shelter bigger than 55 square metres, they shall meet the standards established for accessory structures (Section 5.1).”

This by-law comes into force on the date of final passing thereof.


FIRST READING BY TITLE on this 10th day of December, 2012.

SECOND READING BY TITLE on this 10th day of December, 2012.

THIRD READING AND ENACTMENT on this 14th day of January, 2013.


Sandra Gautreau – Manager (Clerk)
Grace Losier – Mayor