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Fall Leaf Collection Program

Fall Leaf Collection 2022

The Town of Lunenburg offers the following leaf collection opportunities to assist residents with their fall leaf clean-up:

• Public Works does a one-time leaf collection on every Town street making one pass only, over approx. four weeks. This begins the week of November 14th in New Town and November 28th in Old Town. (Please note there is no scheduled date per street address.) Leaves in paper bags are encouraged, however the vacuum truck can also get leaves that are raked to the edge of the property WITHOUT putting leaves into the ditches.

 

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Mayor's Monthly Update - Nov 2022

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“It’s November and the snowflake lights are back up along Lincoln Street and the Light Up Lunenburg holiday events are this weekend. Here are some of the Town’s noteworthy activities this month.”

For Mayor Risser's message for November 2022, click here: https://townoflunenburg.ca/mayors-monthly-update.html
Download the PDF image here (731 KB) .

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FACT SHEET 2: Sale of Lands - 17 Tannery Road

November 24, 2022 – The Town of Lunenburg intends to divest ownership of 17 Tannery Road, the Old New Town School referred to as the Annex. The property has now been listed for sale on the open market with ViewPoint at an asking price of $399,000.

While the property is not located in the Heritage Conservation District or World Heritage Site, the building itself (built 1883) is a registered municipal heritage property. This designation would continue to apply to the building regardless of change of ownership.

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FAQ Potential Sale of Municipal Properties

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Potential Sale of Municipal Properties

To download this FAQ as a PDF, click pdf here (169 KB) .

Why are municipally owned buildings being considered for sale?

The Town’s building portfolio is a significant cost generator for the residents, and occupies a great deal of staff time that should be going to core municipal priorities like urban planning, infrastructure renewal, etc.

The Town’s Operating & Capital Budgets illustrate the real costs of maintaining essential infrastructure and services in the Town. This process is where priorities are established to ensure responsible fiscal stewardship.

Municipally owned buildings typically require a great deal of maintenance. Through the annual budget process Council establishes priorities for capital projects to ensure core functions of the Town are sustained. In many cases, providing continuous care and maintenance to municipally owned buildings becomes very onerous. To consistently maintain assets that do not generate revenue could require increases to taxes to help pay for the maintenance of these aging buildings.

The sale of surplus assets ensures revenue for the Town – both through the one-time capital reserve top-up and by sustainable tax revenue generation when the building is no longer Town-owned. A property’s assessed value may even increase from private investment.

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Welcome to Lunenburg Reception 2022

There was a large turnout to the revival of the Town's annual newcomers' welcome event last week on November 9th. Co-produced with the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (Lamp) and held in their space on the 3rd Floor of Lunenburg Academy, this was first year since the pandemic.What a lot of new Lunenburgers we have!

There was storytelling, music, refreshments, and lively mixing and mingling. The "Lunenburg Initiation" of sauerkraut, Solomon Gundy, and Lunenburg Pudding was a hit.

Lunenburg's Town Crier Stephen Findlay, Mayor Matt Risser, and MODL Deputy Mayor Pam Hubley welcomed the attendees, while Liz Powers of Lunenburg Walking Tours provided a brief history of the area.

Lamp's artistic director Burt Wathen introduced a number of talented emerging artists who performed and answered questions: Arlen Hlusko, Kodak Quartet (Edgar Donati, Martin Noh, Blake Kitayama, Daniel Spink), Matthias McIntire, SoYoung Choi, Franki Carr, and Anna Han.

Welcome to everyone who has joined our community! We're glad that you're here.

Photos can be found below.

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Nova Scotia Housing Needs Assessment

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Housing Needs Survey - Your Help is Needed

Housing is a complex issue, and the housing needs of Nova Scotians are diverse. 

The Nova Scotia Government is conducting a study of housing needs in all 49 municipalities to get a more specific picture of needs across the province. Please participate in the survey linked below. The more people who contribute, the better the data will be! The response deadline is December 4, 2022.

Lunenburg Fall Tree Planting Program is Underway

November 2, 2022 – Fall is tree planting season!

The Town of Lunenburg has taken delivery of the first batch of 24 trees for a new tree planting program. (The 25th tree for this year will be delivered for spring planting.) A Public Works team – seen below with one of the new trees on November 1st – will be planting over the coming weeks in carefully pre-selected sites.

Tree Planting Nov 1 2022

 

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FACT SHEET 2: Potential Sale of Lands - Upper King Street

An update on the progress of this investigation project re: housing is below. The first Fact Sheet was shared with the public in May 2022, pdf here (720 KB) .

Sep 26, 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 of the lots is available below.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued in June to obtain potential housing development design scenarios for Medium Density Residential and Higher Density Residential for the lots at Upper King Street. Seven responses were received and ranked by the RFP selection criteria, and the top three interviewed by a selection committee.

At the Council Meeting of September 13, 2022, the project was awarded to ZZAP Consulting Inc.

What is the project meant to accomplish?

This project is intended to help get the highest and best use for the Town. This includes best use of the lands in keeping with the Town’s Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP), including affordable/accessible housing, as well as highest sale value.

The project will provide potential developers with a plan that considers density, zoning, solutions to engineering challenges, servicing of the properties, etc.

 

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Approval of Amended Taxi By-law

Notice is hereby given that the Town of Lunenburg Council during a regular Council Meeting on August 9, 2022, approved the amendment of By-law 59 – Taxi. The amended Taxi By-law becomes effective as of the date of the publishing of this notice in the Lighthouse Now/Progress Bulletin (August 17, 2022).

The amendments are contained in the by-law's "Schedule A: Rates for Taxi Drivers". It may be viewed on the Town’s website at https://townoflunenburg.ca/bylaws.html or by visiting the Town Hall at 119 Cumberland Street, Lunenburg, NS.

For further information and questions concerning the amended Taxi By-law, please contact Heather McCallum, Assistant Municipal Clerk at 902-634-4410 x 240 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

FACT SHEET: Municipal Boundary Review

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The Town of Lunenburg is conducting a review of the number of Councillors (not including Mayor), electoral boundaries, and polling districts. Resident feedback on these topics is an integral part of the Town’s review.

A background report was presented to Council on August 9, 2022. The Boundary Review is required by the Government of Nova Scotia for all municipalities every eight years. The process is managed by the Nova Scotia Utility & Review Board.

This Fact Sheet outlines the questions underlying the Boundary Review, and the opportunities for public consultation.

Public Consultation

We are seeking feedback from residents of the Town of Lunenburg ONLY, aged 16 or older.

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Approval of Amended Noise By-law

Notice is hereby given that the Town of Lunenburg Council during a regular Council meeting of June 14th, 2022, approved the amendment of By-law 58 – Noise. The amended Noise By-law becomes effective as of the date of the publishing of this notice (Lighthouse Now/Progress Bulleting issue of June 29th, 2022). The new By-law may be viewed on the Town’s website at https://townoflunenburg.ca/bylaws.html or by visiting the Town Hall at 119 Cumberland Street, Lunenburg, NS.

Please note the following changes:

1. Private fireworks and other pyrotechnics are BANNED within Town limits at all times.
2. Evening quiet hours are in effect at 11:00 p.m.
3. Violations of the bylaw are summary offence tickets offences and will be enforced by the RCMP on a complaint-driven basis.

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Approval of New Street Encroachment By-law

Notice is hereby given that the Town of Lunenburg Council during a regular Council meeting of June 14th, 2022, approved the rescinding of By-law 65 – A By-law Respecting Street Encroachment for Building Access and substituted therefore a new Street Encroachment By-law. The new Street Encroachment By-law becomes effective as of the date of the publishing of this notice (Lighthouse Now/Progress Bulletin issue of June 29th, 2022). The new By-law may be viewed on the Town’s Website at https://townoflunenburg.ca/bylaws.html or by visiting the Town Hall at 119 Cumberland Street, Lunenburg, NS.

For further information and questions concerning the new Street Encroachment By-law, please contact Arthur MacDonald, Heritage Manager at 902-634-4410 x 234, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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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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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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