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Please be advised that due to the impending storm there are to be no boats tied to the wharf.

Further information will be posted after the storm.

NOTICE OF INTENTION

A By-law to Repeal the Land-Leased Community By-law

Please take notice that on September 24, 2019, Municipal Council gave its notice of intention to repeal the Land-Leased Community By-law. Council will consider second and final reading on October 22, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Council Chamber at 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

This By-law repeals the existing Land-Leased Community By-law. The purpose of Land-Leased Community By-law was to ensure public health and safety from high density development in a rural area; therefore, higher standards on infrastructures are imposed in such communities.

While the intention was to promote affordable housing by allowing higher density, those wanting to use manufactured homes as a cheaper alternative to site-built homes were also restricted. The By-law also fails to reflect the current real estate market, as no application was received since 1977. Council intends to repeal the Land-Leased Community By-law as it is not meeting its intention.

Council requests that those wishing to provide feedback on Council’s intention to repeal the Land-Leased Community By-law submit written comments before Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. on October 15, 2019 to Ms. Sherry Conrad, Municipal Clerk, 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 4G8 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Copies of the proposed by-law and supplementary documents are available at the Municipal Office at 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater, NS, during normal office hours between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or found at the links below.  For further information, please contact Planning & Development Services at (902) 541-1325, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Land-Leased Community By-law Staff Report

 Land-Leased Community By-law Presentation 

Join the Mayor, Councillors and staff to learn about the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg's accomplishments and plans for the upcoming year. Each event will include a presentation from the Mayor, a Q&A session, and small group discussions about the Municipality's strategic priorities for 2020/2021.

If you cannot attend a meeting, please submit your thoughts via our survey before November 12, 2019: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019YGYI

Tuesday, October 1
7-9pm
Lunenburg & District Fire Hall
25 Medway St, Lunenburg

Wednesday, October 2
1-3pm
Big Tancook

Monday, October 7
7-9pm
Tri-District Fire Rescue Station 1
3785 NS-325, Newcombville

Monday, October 28
7-9pm
West Dublin Hall
10 Huey Lake Rd, LaHave

Tuesday, October 29
7-9pm
Blockhouse Fire Hall
510 NS-325, Blockhouse

Tuesday, November 12
7-9pm
Barss Corner Community Hall
891 Barss Corner Rd, Barss Corner

Currently, the Municipality cannot and does not mandate property owners to improve or maintain private roads. Problems arise when an emergency occurs. In certain cases, fire trucks and Emergency Health Service ambulances cannot safely arrive at their destinations due to substandard road conditions on private roads – this can stem from certain road materials, narrow right-of-way width, steep slope, sharp corners, and hanging tree branches, to list a few common concerns. According to several local emergency service operators, a large number of private roads cannot accommodate fire trucks passing each other at reasonable speed.

The Subdivision By-law (created in 2018) addresses minimum standards for the construction of new private roads, but not for the maintenance of private roads.

Council wants to hear from residents about their thoughts on private roads and the implementation of minimum standards for private road maintenance. Those interested in giving their input are cordially invited to attend one of the following four Public Drop-In Sessions:

New Germany Legion, September 19, 2 to 3pm
New Germany Legion, September 19, 6:30 to 7:30pm
Lunenburg Fire Hall, September 24, 2 to 3pm
Lunenburg Fire Hall, September 24, 6:30 to 7:30pm
Administration Building, 210 Aberdeen Road, October 8, 2 to 3pm
Administration Building, 210 Aberdeen Road, October 8, 6:30 to 7:30pm

The Municipality thrives when residents have their voices heard. As those who live, work and play in our region, residents know the most about issues and challenges facing their community.

Join us at one of the events, or contact Byung Jun Kang, Planner at (902) 530-3480 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

POLICE ADVISORY BOARD CITIZEN APPOINTMENTS

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is seeking citizens from the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg to become members of the Police Advisory Board and assist Council in working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to develop a vision on how policing services are to be delivered to the citizens of the Municipality. 

The Police Advisory Board is established under the Authority of the Nova Scotia Police Act and consists of three (3) elected Municipal Council representatives, three (3) citizen appointments and one (1) member appointed by the Minister of Justice. 

There are two vacancies – one 2-year term and one 3-year term.

Letters of application will be received from residents of the Municipality by the undersigned until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 30th, 2019.   Letters of application should include a brief biography of the individual and information on skills or assets that will be useful to the Board.  An applicant must supply three professional and/or volunteer related references.  All applicants must consent to criminal and background checks.

Alex Dumaresq, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of the District of Lunenburg
210 Aberdeen Road
Bridgewater NS B4V 4G8
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Due to the rain forecast, the opening of River Ridge Common day park has been moved to this Saturday, July 13th at 2pm. Join us!

April 9, 2019 – At a special joint meeting between the Town of Bridgewater (TOB) and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) on April 9, the Councils declined the funding request of the South Shore Field House Society (which operates the HB Studios Sports Centre), and instead directed their respective CAOs to prepare a report on alternative models for the sustainable operation of the fieldhouse facility.

“As the public is aware, HB Studios Sports Centre is struggling right now under the weight of its debts,” said Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell. “Both the Town and the Municipality recognize the importance of this regional facility – it is one of just a handful of year-round indoor turf facilities in the entire province. It not only serves soccer players and a variety of other athletes of all ages from Lunenburg and Queens counties, but it’s also an asset that draws people in from other parts of Nova Scotia and has a positive economic impact on our region.”

The South Shore Field House Society opened HB Studios Sports Centre in 2006. At that time, both municipal units agreed to each contribute a combined $620,000 in operating funds over 10 years. During this time, the Society was unable to pay off the capital debt from the construction of the facility. Today, the Society’s debt stands at more than $400,000.

Though the facility is the only indoor sports field in the area and boasts a diverse user group, the cost to run such a facility is high. In 2018/2019, the municipalities contributed $32,000 from MODL and $25,000 from TOB. This spring, the Society requested that the municipalities each commit to contributing more than $40,000 per year for a period of five years to help alleviate the Society’s debt and cash-flow issues.

After careful consideration of this most recent request, the Councils agreed that in order to balance the needs and requests of community groups with fiscal responsibility and accountability, the current funding request cannot be supported. Instead, the CAOs will work with the Society and other stakeholders to develop alternatives for Council consideration that would allow the facility to operate in a fiscally sustainable manner. 

“Our Council is very interested in working with the Town of Bridgewater, and continuing a dialogue with stakeholders, including the Society, to explore other options for the future sustainable operation of the facility,” said the Municipality’s Mayor, Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Our goal is to ensure that fieldhouse remains part of our region’s vibrant recreational offerings. Our Councils firmly believe that there is a path forward and it must be a true collaborative effort with all local municipalities helping to share the load.”

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For further information please contact:

David Mitchell
Mayor, Town of Bridgewater
902-541-4364

Tammy Wilson
CAO, Town of Bridgewater
902-541-4363

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer, MODL

Phone: (902) 541-1328

2019 Fire Tax Rate Payers Meeting Dates

Municipal user fees are increasing by 5% on April 1. The changes are expected to generate approximately $5,000 in increased revenues for the Municipality.

Bylaw Amendment, Planning Strategy
Amendment

$525 + Advertising

Development Agreement

$525 + Advertising

Development Permit

$26

Final Plan of Subdivision

$105 + each lot after two lots $26

Fire Inspection Fees

$210

Map Book

$25

Map Reproduction Fee

$11

Map Reproduction Fee

/Sq Ft $0.55

Planning Documents

$11

Private Road Maintenance & Improvement
Charge

5%

Property Record Certificate

$58

Variance

$79

Zoning Certificate

$53

Ballfields

$21 per hour + HST

Ballfield League

$19 per hour + HST

MARC Rental Fee

$11 per hour + HST

MARC Residence Fee

$5 per person + HST per night

Dog Tag - Replacement

$1

Fax (per page)

$0.60

NSF Cheques

$15

Photocopies - B & W (per page)

$0.15

Photocopies - Colour (per page)

$0.30

Tax Certificate

$42

Tax Sale Admin Fee

$160

Verbal Tax Information

$11

Sewer Permit Fee

$120

NOTICE

TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE

MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG                                                            

Re Approval of Amendments to the

By-law Respecting the LaHave River Wastewater Management District

Please be advised that on February 12, 2019, Municipal Council approved the By-law to Amend the By-law Respecting the LaHave River Wastewater Management District.  The By-law amended the By-law Respecting the LaHave River Wastewater Management District to create a formal appeal process and to deal with two housekeeping items.

The amendments to the By-law become effective on the publishing date of this notice.

A copy of the By-law, which is now in effect, is available at the Municipal Administration Office, 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday and on the Municipal Website at www.modl.ca, municipal-services/administration/by-laws.  Further information may be obtained by contacting the Municipal Clerk at 902-541-1323.

Sherry Conrad

Municipal Clerk