Planning Notice Re: Swimming Pools

Owners of swimming pools are reminded that permits are required for new pools, and that the Town of Trenton, adopted a Common Land Use By-law in 2016 along with the other four towns in Pictou County. It is critical that swimming pools be fenced to ensure safety, and prevent young children from entering the pool area.  Specifically, the Land Use By-law states: 

Swimming Pool means a permanent or portable water-filled Structure, above ground or in-ground, with a minimum depth of 0.6 metres (2 feet) below surrounding land level, used for swimming and bathing, and does not include Reflecting Pools or other Landscaping features, and is not an Accessory Structure. 

21.7. Outdoor Swimming Pools and Reflecting Pools

Swimming Pools shall comply with the requirements of the Swimming Pool By-Law for the applicable Town. In addition, no Development Permit shall be issued for an outdoor Swimming Pool unless the pool conforms to the following requirements: 

a. a Swimming Pool, or the Yard in which it is located, shall be enclosed by a Fence or combination of Buildings and Fences, and for in-ground Swimming Pools, the Fence shall be situate no closer than 1.2 metres (4 feet) from the inside edge of the Swimming Pool; 

b. the enclosure shall:
i. completely enclose the Swimming Pool or Yard in which it is situate;
ii. create a barrier a minimum of 1.5 metres (5 feet) from the ground to the top of the Fence, gate, or enclosing Structure; and
iii. have no opening greater than 10 cm (4 inches) in any part of the Fence, gate, or enclosing Structure;

c. Swimming Pools shall comply with the Setback requirements per section 21.25 and section 21.26 of this By-Law as well as Table 2: Permitted Encroachments in Yards; 

d. a Swimming Pool shall not be permitted in a required Front Yard in residential Zones; 

e. in Commercial, Institutional (I) or Recreation (P) Zones, the minimum Setback from any Lot line shall be 6.1 metres (20 feet), measured from the property line to the inside edge of the Swimming Pool; and 

f. unobstructed public access to a Swimming Pool is not permitted, and access shallbe limited via:
i. a self-closing and self-latching gate a minimum of 1.5 metres (5 feet) in height;
ii. a main enclosing or partially-enclosing Building; or
iii. an Accessory enclosing or partially-enclosing Building provided unobstructed access through the Structure is not permitted. 

These requirements are in place to ensure the safety of all residents, but especially children. The Town also has a Swimming Pool By-law No.39 that requires fencing, and other requirements. We look forward to your cooperation in this regard. Should you have any questions, please contact:

Roland Burek
Planning & Development Officer

Phone: 902-752-4476

144 CEF CAB - Trenton Community Liaison

144 Construction Engineering Flight Community Advisory Board Seeking Trenton Community Liaison

The 144 Construction Engineering Flight Community Advisory Board (CAB) liaises with the 144 CEF Pictou County, which is part of the Air Reserve program of the Canadian Armed Forces.

The mandate of the CAB is to promote the program within the communities and to liaise and advise on community programs and employment of reserves within the community, and to screen and advise on local training project requests. CAB meets monthly with the exception of July and August.

The board is made up of twelve members consisting of one councilor and one community representative from each of the five towns and the municipality of Pictou County.

The Town of Trenton is seeking a representative from the Town to work with other volunteers within the region to support community projects for non-profit organizations in Trenton as well as all Pictou County.

For more information on this community-based position, please contact:

Cam Beaton
Chairman of the 144 CEF Community Advisory Board
237 Welsford Street, Pictou, N.S.

144 Construction Engineering Flight Pictou (144 CEF)



Off-highway Vehicle Use in Trenton


Re: Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) Use

In the springtime, when the ground begins to thaw and becomes soft, use of off-highway vehicles can create visible damage to trails (as seen in the photo below). Unfortunately, when off-highway vehicles use trails unintended for such use, there can also be damage to vegetation, increased runoff, soil erosion, and degradation of water quality.
Per the Off-highway Vehicles Act. R.S., c. 323, s. 1.:
Permission of owner or occupier
14 (1) No person shall operate an off-highway vehicle on a sidewalk, walkway, school grounds, utility service lane, cultivated land, private forest land, campground, golf course, park, playground or any private property, without the written permission of the owner or occupier.
The Act is available in full online: Off-highway Vehicle Act 
What does this mean?
In short, the Town does not permit the use of off-highway vehicles (OHV) on any Town-owned lands including trails or within Trenton Park. You are not allowed to use off-highway vehicles on any lands which you do not own, and you do not have written permission from the property owner to be on their lands with your off-highway vehicle.
What if there are no signs stating OHV are not permitted?
Signage is not required as the Town does not have any lands where off-highway vehicles are permitted. If you do not have written permission from a property owner, you are not permitted to be on their lands with an off-highway vehicle. This is the law.
What should I do if someone is using an OHV on my land without my permission?
If you find someone using their OHV on your land without your permission and wish to make a complaint, please contact the New Glasgow Regional Police Non-Emergency Line at 902-752-1941.
What should I do if I see someone using an OHV on Town-owned land or property other than my own?
If you find someone using their OHV on Town-owned land or property other than your own and wish to make a complaint, please contact the Town of Trenton at 902-752-5311.
What should I do if I find damage on Town-owned land (including trails) caused by an OHV?
Please report any damage found to the Town of Trenton by calling 902-752-5311.
For a breakdown of Provincial Rules and Regulations regarding Off-highway Vehicle use, visit:

Notice of Intent to Adopt Outdoor Fires Bylaw No.2023-01

Notice of Intent to Adopt Outdoor Fires By-law No.2023-01 

TAKE NOTICE that the Town of Trenton intends to adopt a new Outdoor Fires By-law No.2023-01 at the Town Council meeting to be held at Town Hall on May 9,2023.

The purpose of this by-law is to regulate Outdoor Fires in the Town of Trenton for the purpose of fire safety, to control the nuisance effect of such fires, and limit fire risks or unsafe practices by amending the previous Fire Prevention By-law 98-002.

UPDATE: Notice of Approval (2023-05-09)

The Outdoor Fires By-law No.2023-01 was approved by the Town of Trenton Council at the regular Town Council meeting on May 9, 2023.

Please see the approved by-law and associated policy below:

Do Not Flush Wipes


Please Do NOT Flush Any Household Wipes

In these current times, it is especially important to remind resident's not to flush wipes of any kind including ones that claim to be "flushable" or "biodegradable".

To Flush or Not to Flush:Are Flushable Wipes Really Safe to Flush?

Wet wipes are marketed as “flushable” so there should be no problem with flushing them down the toilet, right? Wrong! Even though these wipes do eventually break down, they take a longer amount of time to do so compared to toilet paper. Since the breakdown of wet wipes aren’t as rapid, clogged pipes and blockages occur more frequently. Wipes can also cause clogged sewers and get tangled in pumps and equipment. Thick toilet paper, paper towels, cotton swabs, dental floss, sanitary pads, and toilet cleaning pads are all commonly flushed items that contribute to clogs and backups. They ALL belong in the regular garbage.

Thank you for your cooperation!