Town News

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.

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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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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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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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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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Town of Lunenburg Approves 2022/23 Town Budget

April 14, 2022 -- Lunenburg Town Council has approved the 2022/23 Town Operating and Capital Budgets as of the Council Meeting of April 12, 2022.

Mayor Matt Risser commented, “The budget is both a balanced budget and a responsive budget that addresses key strategic priorities and invests in our community and our people.”

The Operating budget totals $8,697,500 and Capital budget $13,875,150. There will be no increase to the residential tax rate, which remains at $1.376 per $100/assessment. The commercial tax rate returns to the 2019/20 pre-pandemic rate of $3.358 per $100/assessment, an increase of $0.04.

The budget addresses six key themes:

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Low Income Property Tax Relief Program

March 28, 2022 – Lunenburg Town Council approved improvements to the Town’s Low Income Property Tax Relief program.

The Town reconsidered the long-standing program’s exemption levels as well as income thresholds to better reflect the changing needs in our community.

Property assessments from the Property Valuation Services Corp. have increased right across Nova Scotia for 2022. The changes to the Town’s policy will allow more homeowners who require financial assistance to participate in the program to help offset higher assessments.

The revised levels are as follows:

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Heritage Property Owner Survey

The National Trust for Canada is seeking solutions to the insurance problems being faced by many owners of heritage buildings.

Please fill in this 5-minute survey if you own a property, regardless of its age, type, use or heritage designation status.

https://nationaltrustcanada.ca/what-you-can-do/advocacy-action/insurance-and-heritage-properties