NSFM applauds legislation to protect Nova Scotia’s coastline

The Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities (NSFM) is applauding legislation which will force property owners to place new buildings further back from the province's vulnerable coastlines.

Environment Minister Margaret Miller says the new Coastal Protection Act is about adapting to changing climate and will ensure clear provincewide rules for what can and cannot be done along shorelines.

NSFM President Waye Mason says a coordinated and collaborative approach is needed as the majority of municipalities border the coastline and are already experiencing the effects of climate change with increased erosion, more frequent flooding, and rising sea levels.

Currently, coastline activity is regulated by all three levels of government under multiple pieces of legislation.

The NSFM says it hopes this newest piece will align or replace existing rules and not create additional regulatory or financial burden for municipalities.

The province says accompanying regulations, determining things such as construction setbacks, are still another 12 to 18 months from being completed.