Town News

Mayor's Monthly Update - Jun 2022

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June is seeing progress ramp up on development and capital projects, updates to by-laws, and events.

To read Mayor Risser's message for June 2022, click here:

Download the PDF pdf here (128 KB) .

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Town Council Meeting - Jun 28, 2022

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The next Town Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jun 28th at 6:00 p.m., and will be held in-person and online.

The public is welcome. Masks are no longer required per Nova Scotia Health guidelines, but are requested.

The meeting can also be viewed online through the following links:

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Lead and Copper Management Program

UPDATE June 23, 2022 -- The Water Utility was pleased to receive many responses for participation in the program. Those who have been selected for this year have been notified. Thank you for your interest, and please try us again at the next opportunity!

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May 30, 2022 – The Town of Lunenburg’s Water Utility is implementing a Lead and Copper Management Program in accordance with the Approval to Operate issued by Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change.

This program is meant to assess public exposure as well as reduce the exposure of customers if lead or copper levels exceed Health Canada Guidelines. Health Canada has found lead to be a probable carcinogen that can negatively affect cognition and behaviour in children. Copper levels exceeding Health Canada’s acceptable concentrations may affect the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and kidneys.


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FACT SHEET: Potential Sale of Lands - 17 Tannery Road

June 22, 2022 – The Town of Lunenburg intends to divest ownership of 17 Tannery Road, the Old New Town School referred to as the Annex. The building had most recently been leased by NSCC, who have vacated the property.

While the property is not located in the Heritage Conservation District or World Heritage Site, the building itself (built in 1883) is a registered municipal heritage property. The designation would continue to apply to any future owner of the Annex.

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Town Council Meeting + Public Hearings - Jun 14, 2022

The Council Meeting Minutes for Tuesday, June 14, 2022 are available on the Town website here:

The YouTube Live video archive of the meeting can be found here:

Thank you to all who attend/view.

Acting Chief Administrative Officer Named

The Town of Lunenburg has named Lisa Dagley, Finance Director, as the Acting Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the period of June 11 – July 3, 2022.

Lisa takes over from Interim CAO Kevin Malloy, whose last day is June 10, 2022.

The Town’s new permanent CAO is Jamie Doyle, who begins his new duties on July 4, 2022. His hiring was announced in April.


Lunenburg Birthday 2022

The June 7th celebration acknowledged a number of significant milestones this year in partnership with the Lunenburg Academy Foundation.

  • Official opening of the Heritage Classroom at Lunenburg Academy
  • Unveiling of a plaque from Canadian Heritage marking the 125th anniversary of Lunenburg Academy in 2020
  • 50th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention
  • Presentation of three Heritage Recognition Awards for “a job well done” in outstanding restoration of built heritage
  • Birthday cake for the 269 years since the founding of what we now know as the Town of Lunenburg – a celebration of the Foreign Protestants, Acadians, Mi’kmaq and the many other nationalities since who have found a home here

Thank you all for being a part of our long and ever-expanding story. Happy birthday, Lunenburg!

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Future of Lunenburg Electric Utility under Consideration

May 24, 2022 – Town Council is undertaking a sustainability review of the Town of Lunenburg Electric Utility, which is periodically required for stewardship of its business plan. Several scenarios will be considered, and data collected to help narrow down the options.

The Utility’s five-year service agreement with Nova Scotia Power is due for renewal in May 2023. Other factors driving this review include aging infrastructure, changing electrical regulations in Nova Scotia, and the impact of increased frequency and intensity of storms due to climate change.

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FACT SHEET: Potential Sale of Lands - Upper Hall Street

May 20, 2022 – The Town of Lunenburg intends to subdivide and divest a portion of Hall Street PID 60500006 into private hands for private uses. The portion of the lot inside the Town boundary is zoned Industrial for current and future use under the Land Use Bylaw and Municipal Planning Strategy.

The approach approved by Town Council at their May 10, 2022 meeting is to subdivide PID 60500006 into two lots. This decision supports the Comprehensive Community Plan’s strategic goal for economic development.

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New Town Engineer Joins Lunenburg Staff

May 16, 2022 -- The Town of Lunenburg is pleased to announce that Tyson Joyce will be joining our team as Town Engineer as of May 30, 2022.

Tyson brings 22 years of experience with a particular emphasis in civil engineering, project management, and infrastructure maintenance. He is a Registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia.

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FACT SHEET: Potential Sale of Lands - Upper King Street

May 11, 2022 – The Town of Lunenburg is investigating the possibility of divesting ownership of Upper King Street PIDs 60057387, 60057379, 60057395, 60579687 and 60057460 into private ownership for private uses, i.e., housing. A map outlining the lots is below.

The process includes a Request for Proposals (RFP) to obtain potential housing development concepts for the lots at Upper King Street. No action from the public is required at this time. There will be ample opportunities for public consultation ahead of any prospective sale of the lands.

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NSUARB Public Hearing re Water Utility - Aug 10 2022


TOWN OF LUNENBURG, on behalf of its WATER UTILITY has applied for approval of amendments to its Schedule of Rates and Charges for Water and Water Services and amendments to its Schedule of Rules and Regulations. A PDF of this notice is downloadable pdf here (108 KB) .

This matter will be considered in a public hearing as follows:

Hearing starts: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 10:30 am
Lunenburg Town Hall
119 Cumberland Street
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

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New CAO for the Town of Lunenburg

Jamie Doyle sm 162 203 pxApril 28, 2022 – The Town of Lunenburg has hired Jamie Doyle as their new permanent Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).

Born and raised on Cape Breton Island, Jamie comes to Lunenburg from Fort McMurray, Alberta with over 15 years of municipal government experience. He served the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo as the CAO, Deputy CAO, as well as the Director of Planning and Development.

He has a degree in Community Design from Dalhousie University, a Municipal Executive Certification from the University of Alberta, and a Graduate Certificate in Professional Project Management.

"I am delighted to have an opportunity to come back to Nova Scotia and work for the Town of Lunenburg,” he said. “After visiting the community and Town Council I am excited to work alongside such a progressive group and play my part in continuing to make Lunenburg a great place to live, work and play."


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Public Notice: Water Utility

The Town of Lunenburg has submitted an application to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) for changes in its Water Rates and Regulations for customers served by the Lunenburg Water Utility, as set out in the Water Rate Study available pdf here (1.11 MB) .

The UARB will advise the public on next steps. To search the matter on their website, visit here.

 *Update: The UARB has scheduled a public hearing for August 10, 2022 to be held in the Council Chamber at Town Hall. Time TBA.

FACT SHEET Heritage Application: King's Hotel

To download a PDF of this Fact Sheet with photos, click pdf here (469 KB) .

The owners of the Lunenburg Arms Hotel located at 94 Pelham Street have made an application to Lunenburg Town Council to build a new King’s Hotel on the site of the original King’s Hotel, which was demolished in the 1950s.

The application received its first reading by Council at their April 12, 2022 meeting and a Public Hearing is scheduled for June 14, 2022.

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