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Public Hearing Notice Update - Coastal Protection

Public Hearing Notice for Coastal Protection Regulations

On May 14, 2024, Municipal Council gave Notice of its intent to establish Coastal Protection regulations by amending the Municipal Planning Strategy and adopting a new Municipal-Wide Land Use By-law.

The regulations will guide how development occurs along the coast to ensure that new homes, businesses, and other structures are not placed in areas that could be at risk of coastal flooding or erosion, while protecting natural assets from potential harms caused by development.   

PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSIONS will be held prior to the public hearing to give residents opportunities to learn about the regulations and ask questions. The public information sessions will be held as follows:

  • Riverport Community Centre on Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

Doors to open at 6:30 p.m. and a staff presentation starting at 7:00 p.m.

  • Lahave and District Fire Hall on Tuesday, May 28th, 2024

Doors to open at 6:30 p.m. and a staff presentation starting at 7:00 p.m.

  • Big Tancook Island ferry wharf (on the island) on Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.

An informal opportunity for residents to ask questions to planning staff.

  • Virtual public information session on Tuesday, June 4th, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.

Staff presentation and Q&A with residents. The presentation will be recorded and posted online. Link and information will be posted at https://engage.modl.ca/coastal-protection

A PUBLIC HEARING on the amended Municipal Planning Strategy and the new Municipal-Wide Land Use By-law will be held as follows:

Hearing Starts: Thursday, June 13, 2024, at 4:00 p.m.

Evening Session: Thursday, June 13, 2024, at 7:00 p.m.

Hearing Location: Council Chambers, located at 10 Allée Champlain Drive, Cookville, NS

The public can make formal written or oral submissions to Council. Written submissions will be received until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday June 11, 2024 to April Whynot-Lohnes, Municipal Clerk, 10 Allée Champlain Drive, Cookville, NS B4V 9E4 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Oral submissions will be received at the time and place of the Hearing. Council can make a decision regarding the adoption of the amended Municipal Planning Strategy and the new Municipal-Wide Land Use By-law following the Public Hearing.

Copies of the proposed regulations and related reports are available to view at the Municipal Office at 10 Allée Champlain Drive, Cookville, during normal office hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or found online on the Coastal Protection project page on the MODL Engage website: https://engage.modl.ca/coastal-protection

For further information, contact the Planning Offices at 902-530-2802, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

April Whynot-Lohnes, Municipal Clerk
Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2024

Public Hearing Notice - Coastal Protection

Establishing Coastal Protection regulations through an amended Municipal Planning Strategy and a new Municipal-Wide Land Use By-law.

On Tuesday, May 14, 2024, Municipal Council gave Notice of its intent to establish Coastal Protection regulations by amending the Municipal Planning Strategy and adopting a new Municipal-Wide Land Use By-law.

The proposed regulations will guide how development occurs along the coast to ensure that new homes, businesses, and other structures are not placed in areas that could be at risk of coastal flooding or erosion, while protecting natural assets from potential harms caused by development.

PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSIONS will be held prior to the public hearing to give residents opportunities to learn about the regulations and ask questions. Dates and times for these sessions will be posted at engage.modl.ca/coastal-protection shortly.

A PUBLIC HEARING on the amended Municipal Planning Strategy and the new Municipal-Wide Land Use By-law will be held as follows:

Hearing Starts: Thursday, June 13, 2024, at 4:00 p.m.
Evening Session: Thursday, June 13, 2024, at 7:00 p.m.
Hearing Location: Council Chambers, located at 10 Allée Champlain Drive, Cookville, NS

The public can make formal written or oral submissions to Council. Written submissions will be received until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday June 11, 2024 to April Whynot-Lohnes, Municipal Clerk, 10 Allée Champlain Drive, Cookville, NS B4V 9E4 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Oral submissions will be received at the time and place of the Hearing. Council can make a decision regarding the adoption of the amended Municipal Planning Strategy and the new Municipal-Wide Land Use By-law following the Public Hearing.

Copies of the proposed regulations and related reports are available to view at the Municipal Office at 10 Allée Champlain Drive, Cookville, during normal office hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or found online at https://engage.modl.ca/ .

For further information, contact the Planning Department offices at 902-530-2802, or visit engage.modl.ca/coastal-protection.

April Whynot-Lohnes, Municipal Clerk
Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 1:29pm
Municipal Services Building,
10 Allée Champlain Drive, Cookville, NS

Proclamation - Int'l Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia

Mayor Bolivar-Getson proclaimed Wednesday, May 17, 2024 as the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.

Click on pdf Proclamation (310 KB) to view it in its entirety.

MARC Playground Update

As part of our continuing efforts to improve our parks, in the summer/fall 2023, we conducted safety inspections at 6 locations. The inspection report identified risks and areas of concern that required varying levels of action. While many issues were mitigated through small repairs or changes to our maintenance program; some identified concerns required more significant measures to be taken.

The inspection of the MARC playground structure revealed a number of safety issues including: frost heaving of the play equipment creating an 18” to 24” gap between the surface and bottom of the ladder and 3 slides, also exposing the concrete pilings; and, delaminating of surface material exposing metal and sharp edges.

Given the safety concerns and, on the advice of our insurance provider, it was determined that the playground structure was not safe for users, had reached the end of its useful life and removal was required. The playground structure was removed in the fall of 2023.

The future replacement of the MARC playground structure will meet the requirements outlined in the Lunenburg County Accessibility Plan to ensure that we provide meaningful and equitable access for playground users with disabilities.
While the 2024-2025 Capital Budget does not include the replacement of the MARC playground structure, an accessible playground at the MARC is included in our 5 Year Capital Plan at estimated cost of approximately $400,000.
We will be installing a play box with equipment for children to use while at the MARC in the next few weeks.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to improve our recreation infrastructure across the Municipality.

Meeting Cancelation - Finance Committee Meeting - May 7, 2024

The Finance Committee meeting scheduled for May 7, 2024 is CANCELLED.  

The next regularly scheduled Finance Committee meeting will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. in Council Chambers at the Municipal Services Building, 10 Allée Champlain Drive, Cookville.  The public is invited to attend. 

Click  pdf Public Notice (431 KB) to view. 

Indian Falls Stair Replacement Project

This summer, MODL will be replacing the wooden stairway at Indian Falls. Unfortunately, we do expect unavoidable disruption to park users.

The current wooden stairway has been in place for many years and is heavily used by park users wishing to gain access to the rocky beach. Although the stairway has been regularly maintained, it is a wooden structure and has now reached the end of its life. The stairway is currently closed.

In the 2024-2025 capital budget, funds have been allocated for the design, construction, and installation of a new set of steel stairs. This will address the safety concerns and enable the public to safely access the riverfront. Using steel will aid in the maintenance and longevity of the stairs.

We will be removing the stairs soon and there will be periods of time this summer when the park trails may be closed to facilitate construction. We expect to provide dates shortly for the stair removal and foundation construction. Dates for the stair installation will be provided at a future time.

Park users can expect interruptions throughout the season. We will work with the successful bidder on this project to minimize interruptions and provide public notice as far in advance as possible through our MODL and Recreation Facebook pages.

Proclamations April 23, 2024

At the April 23, 2024 session of Municipal Council, the following 2 proclamations were made:

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Mayor Bolivar-Getson proclaimed the month of May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg to promote awareness, education and preventative measures against this serious illness.

Click pdf Lyme Disease Awareness Month (130 KB) to view the Proclamation in its entirety. 

 

Heart Failure Awareness Week

Mayor Bolivar-Getson proclaimed the week of May 5 to 11, 2024 as Heart Failure Awareness Week in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg to raise awareness of the causes of heart failure.

Click  pdf Heart Failure Awareness Week (174 KB) to view the Proclamation in its entirety.

Calling all Dares Lake property owners

Are you a Dares Lake property owner? Join the Source Water Protection Advisory Committee!

The Town of Lunenburg invites property owners in the Dares Lake area to help safeguard our community's water supply by joining the Source Water Protection Advisory Committee (SWPAC).

They Need Your:

  • Engagement: Attend meetings and contribute to watershed management discussions.
  • Insight: Share your experiences and knowledge as a Dares Lake property owner.
  • Collaboration: Work with a diverse group to develop sustainable water protection strategies.
  • Advocacy: Promote responsible land use and water protection in our community.

Your Role:

  • Influence watershed protection policies and practices.
  • Advise on land use and water management to ensure water safety.
  • Help educate the community about protecting our water resources.

Committee appointments are for four-year terms. More information is available here: https://townoflunenburg.ca/committees/1618-source-water-protection-advisory-committee-terms-of-reference/file.html

Interested? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. detailing why you think you would be a good fit for this committee. Please also list any potential conflicts of interest you think you might have.

Proclamations - Daffodil Month & Volunteer Week

April 2024 has been proclaimed as Canadian Cancer Society's Daffodil Month in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.  

Click  pdf Daffodil Month (143 KB) to view the Proclamation in its entirety. 

 

The week of April 14 to 20, 2024 has been proclaimed as Volunteer Week in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.  

Click  pdf Volunteer Week (205 KB) to view the Proclamation in its entirety. 

Public Meeting Notice - Special Council Meeting - April 9, 2024

A Special Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.

This meeting will be to approve the 2024-2025 municipal budget.

 

Proclamation - World Autism Awareness Day & World Autism Month

April 2024 was proclaimed Autism Acceptance Month in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.

Click  pdf World Autism Awareness Day & World Autism Month (408 KB)  Proclamation to view the proclamation in its entirety.

Historic Investment in Municipalities

All 49 municipalities across the province will see the benefits of a new service exchange agreement signed March 28, 2024. To view the news release from the province, please visit https://news.novascotia.ca/en/2024/03/28/historic-investment-municipalities.