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How can I find out what the current planning regulations (restrictions / bylaws) are on a specific site?

Find what zone the site is designated as on the Explore HRM site at zoom in on the lot in question. Next select the layers tab and the Planning Information Folder and then click the Zoning Box. Click the identify tab on the top menu and then click the lot in question. A table will appear in the top right corner providing you with some more information about the lot.
You can use the zoning information to check what is allowed under this zoning by checking your local zoning by-law. Go to the Community Plans Municipal Planning Strategies and Land Use By-Laws up Look up the lot based on the relevant plan area. Also you can contact the Planning Office for the Western Region @ 490-4393 or 490-5650.