Accommodation Marketing Levy

Town staff will begin the discussion around the potential implementation of an accommodation marketing levy.  The first stage of the discussion will be introduced to Council at the February 13 meeting. (see agenda package).

We have created an information sheet for residents and business owners who may have questions about how this works.   You can find that pdf here (123 KB) .  

Blockhouse Hill  

In February 2023, the Town of Lunenburg issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to obtain design proposals for the lands on Blockhouse Hill. The Town is exploring divesting ownership of the lands for a mixed-use residential development with a balance of affordable and accessible units. 

On June 13, 2023, Council awarded the Blockhouse Hill Design Project contract to MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects (MLSA). The Request for Proposals for this project required at least three public engagements, a 'What We Heard Report' and a Visioning Report.

The three public engagement sessions were held on the following dates: 

  • Workshop 1 Visioning – September 14
  • Workshop 2 Urban Design – October 19 
  • Workshop 3 Options – November 16 

The What We Heard Report covers three public workshops:  pdf Blockhouse Hill: What We Heard Report (52.20 MB)

The What We Heard Report was presented at the Dec.12, 2023 Council meeting. 

Recordings from the three public workshops are available on the Town’s YouTube channel. 

Preliminary designs 
At the Nov.16, 2023 workshop, attendees were presented with several preliminary design options: Blockhouse Hill Preliminary Design Options 

Final report 

MLSA presented its final development options at the Jan. 23, 2024 Council meeting:  pdf Blockhouse Hill Development Options: Final Report (41.44 MB)

Common Questions and Concerns

Please see:  Blockhouse Hill Summary Sheet

Next steps 

Following the presentation of the final report, Council directed staff to work with MLSA to draft development rules based on Design Option 1: Town Square. Town Square is the highest density option of all the development schemes, but still leaves 86% of the land as open space. Alongside the existing design scheme for Option 1, Council has also requested the inclusion of potential road connections of Creighton Street and Sawpit Road in the design plan. As of its Jan. 23, 2024 meeting Council has decided not to declare the Blockhouse Hill lands as surplus at this time. Instead, they have instructed staff to bring the decision back for consideration at the March 26, 2024 Council meeting. To better understand the financial aspects of a proposed development, Council has also directed staff to provide a report of all tax implications related to all four design options put forward by MLSA. 

Civic Square 

The Town of Lunenburg has granted a contract for design proposals for Civic Square. The Civic Square Compatibility and Accessibility Project aims to procure a design harmonizing with Old Town Lunenburg while making the civic square inclusive and fully accessible, including the monuments, bandstand, and Town Hall.

On November 28, 2023, the Town hosted a public workshop for the project where the consultants presented the initial designs.  These can be viewed  pdf here (43.20 MB)

The Town also held a focus group with representatives from Lunenburg Royal Canadian Legion Branch 23 and persons with disabilities from the community on December 14, 2023.  What we heard from that group can fe found in this  pdf report (248 KB) to Council which is part of the agenda for the March 12 meeting.

. The  Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee reviewed the preliminary designs on February 7, 2024. A What We Heard Report was recently submitted by the consultants.  It can be viewed  pdf here. (10.98 MB) Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this project. Please watch the Council agendas and this page for updates.

Parking and Traffic Study

The Town of Lunenburg has engaged engineering firm WSP to develop a comprehensive Traffic and Parking Plan tailored specifically for our community. This initiative aims to address the diverse needs of all road users, from tractor-trailers to bicycles, while enhancing the overall experience for residents and visitors navigating through our town.

The plan will encompass various aspects, including parking for personal vehicles, commercial vehicles, motor coaches, and recreational vehicles. Additionally, it will evaluate road speeds, one-way road systems, and parking accessibility and availability to ensure efficient and safe mobility for all.

WSP was selected as the preferred candidate for this project based on the robustness of their proposed methodology, which emphasizes extensive engagement with stakeholders and the community at large