Latest News and Public Notices
Subdivision By-Law Review
Since our last Subdivision By-law Review 18 years ago, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg has undergone many changes. Considerable growth has occurred at the edges of the three towns the Municipality surrounds.
We are undertaking a review of the Subdivision By-law and Infrastructure Design Standards as an opportunity to address current shortcomings and ready the Municipality for the future.
We held two open houses for the public on November 1, 2017, as well as stakeholder engagement meetings with private road residents and developers.
Currently, the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) is reviewing elements of the Subdivision By-law and Infrastructure Design Standards. The next PAC meeting will be held on Thursday, April 12 at 7pm in Council chambers.
Looking to sign up for the Sweetland project? Visit www.novascotiahighspeedinternet.com and click on the Sign Up button.
Access to high-speed internet is of critical importance to the Municipality, and a key priority for our Council. Large sections of the Municipality do not have access to reliable high-speed internet service.
We have created a map to identify key internet infrastructure within the Municipality.
Orange designates no high-speed internet
Blue designates Bell Fibre
Green designates Eastlink Fibre/coaxial
What We're Working On
In December 2016, the CRTC made a ruling that high speed internet is a basic service, just like the telephone. Reliable internet access is now a basic need, whether you are a student, a small business operator, or a resident trying to access government services. Access to high-speed internet is of critical importance to the District, and a key priority for our Council. Large sections of the municipality do not have access to reliable high speed internet service. This is affecting our citizens’ quality of life, and is preventing new residents from moving to our communities.
The Municipality has taken advantage of opportunities to improve services:
- Applied for and received $75,000 from the provincial government for a pilot project to construct a fixed wireless internet service in the Sweetland area.NCS Networks will operate the fixed wireless service.
- The federal government announced a $500 million Connect to Innovate fund to support internet projects across the country. The Municipality submitted a joint application with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) which would see the Municipality invest up to $246,800 in internet infrastructure, if approved by the federal government.
- The Municipality also provided letters of support for two additional project applications made by other ISPs.
The Municipality’s 2017/18 budget also includes an investment in a long term strategy on how best to expand access to reliable high-speed internet.
- The plan will take into consideration the provincial government’s “Middle-Mile Strategy,” which is expected to be released in 2017.
- The plan will build on the knowledge and partnerships the Municipality has developed in pursuing the short-term opportunities.
- Community members have been very active on this issue, and the municipality will continue to engage citizens on this important issue.
As part of the research undertaken for the development of the Municipality's Internet Strategy, we partnered with the Municipality of Chester and the Region of Queens to commission a report from iValley on the feasibility of an Internet solution. This report is now available , and has been reviewed by all Councils involved.
Lyme Disease Information
Lyme Disease is a growing problem in Lunenburg county. The Municipality has committed to funding and working in partnership with the Public Heath Agency of Canada on a three-year bait station research project, and with Nova Scotia Public Health on an educational campaign.
- The bait station program will see bait stations set up in a controlled area of the county, designed to attract and treat deer to reduce or eliminate the population of black legged ticks. If you’re walking in the woods and come across a bait station, please exercise caution and do not touch the bait station.
- We are developing and funding a public education campaign which will include radio and newspaper ads, a social media campaign and pop up booths at community events.
- We will be installing additional signage in parks, outdoor facilities and on trails to reinforce the importance of daily tick checks.
For more information on Lyme disease, please visit https://novascotia.ca/dhw/CDPC/lyme.asp
Lyme Disease Information presented to Council can be found at the following link, under "2017 Minutes, Agendas and Recordings", and then under "Policy & Strategy 05/16/17": http://www.modl.ca/municipal-council/agendas-and-minutes/policy-strategy-committee
Council and CAO Expense Reports Now Available Online
April 28, 2017 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA - The District of Lunenburg is now publishing Council and CAO expense reports online at www.modl.ca as part of the District’s commitment to open and transparent government.
“Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill has discussed plans to introduce a bill that would ensure all Nova Scotia municipal councils and CAOs post their expenses online, and we decided that instituting this policy now made the most sense,” says Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson.
Quarterly Council and CAO expense reports will be available at the end of the month following each quarter at: http://www.modl.ca/municipal-council/meet-the-council/expense-reports.
Director of Finance/Treasurer
District Welcomes Off Highway Vehicle Pilot Project
District Welcomes Off Highway Vehicle Pilot Project - press release available here
Tax Sale Surplus
Attention: Interest holders in any property sold at Municipal Tax Sale in the last 20 years
When a property is sold at tax sale for more than the taxes, interest and expenses owing with respect to the property, a tax sale surplus is created. The Municipality is obligated to hold this surplus in trust for 20 years. After 20 years, the surplus is transferred to the Municipality’s Capital Reserve.
Any person having an interest in a property at the time of the tax sale can apply to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for an order directing the payment of all, or part, of the balance to that person. An application can be made to the Court at any time after the period of redemption has expired and before the expiry of twenty years from the date of the sale.
Inquiries can be made at the Municipal Office at 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater as to whether a surplus exists for a property sold in tax sale or by phone (902) 541-1329. An assessment account number is required.
PACE (Clean Energy Upgrades) Financing
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
A combined total of $550,000 in financing is now available to residents in 4 municipalities for Clean Energy Upgrades to homes.
The Municipality of District of Lunenburg, Municipality of District of Shelburne, Municipality of District of Digby, and the Town of Bridgewater have partnered with Clean Foundation and the Province of Nova Scotia to provide Clean Energy Financing, also known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing.
The financing allows homeowners to install clean energy upgrades such as insulation, energy efficient windows and doors, as well as high efficiency heat pumps and solar panels as part of the program. A Home Energy Assessment determines what upgrades a home is eligible for. The municipalities are offering a low lending rate (4%) for the upgrades. Residents will benefit from the Clean Energy Financing program by eliminating the large upfront cost of upgrades, and the ability to spread installment payments over a period of 10 years, repayable through charges attached to their property. Should the home sell, the remaining payments become the obligation of the new home owner. Lump sum payments can be made at any time without penalty. The financing is available on a first-come-first-served basis for the remainder of 2016 and into early 2017.
Through the Clean Energy Financing program, the four municipalities are leading the way in energy efficiency in the province. This program helps residents to reduce the long term costs associated with energy especially heating and cooling as these are a home’s largest energy costs.
Any homeowner in these 4 municipalities can contact Clean Foundation for more information or to receive an application: www.CleanEnergyFinancing.ca or by calling toll-free to 1-844-727-7818.