Town News

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

Town of Lunenburg Releases 2022 Prospectus

January 12, 2022 -- The Town of Lunenburg has released a 2022 Prospectus to inform and encourage potential businesses and residents to locate in our beautiful town.

The Prospectus is a living document that highlights the unique characteristics and vitality of the Town, with the aim of attracting investment, development and business opportunities that benefit us all. The document outlines:

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Town of Lunenburg Launches Online Zoning Look-up Map

The Town of Lunenburg’s Planning team has been developing digital mapping capabilities to support our residents and businesses in their land use needs.

An online tool has been developed to assist the public in finding what zone(s) applies to their property under the three-layer lot/form/use designations in our innovative new Land Use Bylaw.

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Winter Parking Advisory 2021-22

Please help us keep Town streets free of ice and snow by ensuring your vehicle is parked off-street during winter storm and snow removal operations. The Public Works Department can do the job more efficiently if your vehicles are not left on the street during this time. Please arrange off-street parking locations during snow clearing and salting operations. The Town of Lunenburg operates several parking lots where overnight (5:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.) parking is permitted for a fee ($26.25/month + HST). Parking passes may be purchased at the Lunenburg Town Hall, 119 Cumberland Street (902-634-4410). 

Residents and businesses are also reminded to keep sidewalks clear of furniture or other obstacles that may block the sidewalk plow.

In the Town of Lunenburg the RCMP enforce the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act winter parking ban which:

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Project Lunenburg wins 2021 API Award

The Town of Lunenburg’s Project Lunenburg/Comprehensive Community Plan project has won an award in the category of “Comprehensive Policies and Plans” at the 2021 Atlantic Planners Institute Awards of Excellence.

https://atlanticplanners.org/news/winners-announced-2021-api-awards-for-planning-excellence/

The Awards of Excellence honour the best in professional planning projects undertaken by members across Atlantic Canada, and were given out in four categories. The award was given to UPLAND Planning + Design on behalf of the Town.

Congratulations to the Project Lunenburg Steering Team, UPLAND, and all of you who contributed to the project.

 

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Chief Administrative Officer/Town Clerk News

Bea Renton, the Town of Lunenburg’s CAO/Clerk, retires as of November 9, 2021. She has most ably served the citizens of Lunenburg for many years, and along the way participated in the revitalization of the waterfront, the UNESCO designation, and most recently Project Lunenburg implementation. She has served on numerous Provincial and Municipal committees to assist in drafting and updating significant legislation including the Municipal Government Act, Municipal Elections Act, model Municipal Bylaws and Policies, and others. Her many accolades include Dalhousie’s Guy Hanson Gold Medal in Public Administration, and Screen Nova Scotia’s Community Recognition Award for her film and TV industry support. Bea’s dedication to the Town has been extraordinary and we thank her warmly for her years of service and wish her well in retirement.

Stepping in temporarily as Interim CEO/Clerk is Kevin Malloy, who retired as the CAO of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) in 2019. Kevin was CEO of Housing Nova Scotia and Deputy Minister of Service Nova Scotia prior to his time at MODL. Lunenburg continues to be in good hands as Town Council completes the recruitment process for a permanent CAO.

Lunenburg Plans for Upgraded Wastewater Treatment

The Town of Lunenburg is proceeding with a phased plan for comprehensive upgrades to its Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and system.

Town Council’s decision was based on findings from extensive engineering and water studies over the past three years by CBCL Ltd., Dillon Consulting Ltd., and Dalhousie University’s Centre for Water Resource Studies.

CBCL’s final recommended Implementation Plan was presented to Council on September 28, 2021 and approved. Funding opportunities from all levels of government will be pursued.

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