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August 30, 2018 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA At the August 28 Council meeting, Council conducted first reading of the Municipal Planning Strategy and Subdivision By-Law. The draft Strategy and By-Law are the result of nearly a year of research and engagement with the Planning Advisory Committee, consultants, engineers, members of the public and the development community.

“The Planning and Advisory Committee and Council have spent a great deal of time and attention on developing a comprehensive and modern Municipal Planning Strategy and Subdivision By-Law,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Our goal is to continue to make the Municipality an attractive choice for investment and ensure that development continues. We want residents to continue to have access to reasonably priced homes that can be safely serviced by emergency vehicles and waste removal vehicles.”

A public information session will be held on Monday, September 17 at 7pm at the Italy Cross Fire Hall, followed by a public hearing on Monday, September 24 at 7pm in Council Chambers. The purpose of the public information session is to inform the public on what is being proposed in the draft documents. After the public information session, Council can hold a public hearing.

The public hearing is an opportunity for the public to speak for or against the proposed documents. It is one last time for Council to hear from the public on the proposed documents before deciding to adopt the documents. After the close of the public hearing, Council, if they deem it advisable, can conduct second reading and adopt the documents.

Residents can learn more and view the documents at


Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328



Adopting a Municipal Planning Strategy and Subdivision By-Law

The process to adopt the proposed Municipal Planning Strategy and Subdivision By-Law requires Council to conduct first reading of the documents. Upon first reading of the documents, Council must advertise their intention to adopt the draft documents and hold a public hearing.

The notice of a public hearing must appear 14 day before the public hearing and be advertised at least once a week for two successive weeks. Prior to the public hearing, it’s Council’s policy (MDL-66) when conducting planning document reviews to hold a public information session prior to holding a public hearing. The purpose of the public information session is to inform the public on what is being proposed in the draft documents. After the public information session, Council can hold a public hearing.

A public hearing is an opportunity for the public to speak for or against the proposed documents. A public hearing is one last time for Council to hear from the public on the proposed documents before deciding to adopt the documents. After the close of the public hearing, Council, if they deem it advisable, can conduct second reading and adopt the documents.

After the close of the public hearing, Council either adopts the documents or rejects the documents. For Council to make any substantial changes to the documents they would be required to conduct first reading again and provide notice of and hold another public hearing.

Once Council publishes notice of their intention to adopt the proposed Subdivision By-Law, a 150-day clock starts. During the 150-day period, any completed subdivision proposal applications received that are inconsistent with the proposed Subdivision By-Law will be refused. Upon Council conducting second reading, the documents are sent to the Provincial Director of Planning to determine if they are subject to Minister’s approval. Once the Municipality hears back from the Provincial Planning Director that the Minister’s approval is not required, a notice will be published stating that the new Municipal Planning Strategy and Subdivision By-Law is in effect.

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Date & Time: Tuesday August 28th 2018, at 8:30AM.
Location: Municipal Council Chambers, 210 Aberdeen Rd.

Amendments to: Lunenburg Municipal Industrial Zone Secondary Planning Strategy & Land Use By-law (PID #60487824)

On July 24th 2018, Municipal Council gave Notice of its intent to adopt amendments to its planning documents for the area of the District identified as the “Lunenburg Municipal Industrial Zone.” The amendments would affect a small number of identified properties located off Harold Whynot Road. The amendments to policy and regulation would provide allowance for the proposed development of agricultural uses on properties located in the identified Zone. Copies of the proposed amendment & related staff reports are included in the Hearing Public Information Package , and are also available in hard copy at the municipal offices (210 Aberdeen Rd) during regular office hours (8:00AM-4:00PM).

A PUBLIC HEARING will be held by Council on: Tuesday August 28th, 2018, starting at 8:30AM, in Municipal Council Chambers located at 210 Aberdeen Rd, in Bridgewater. The public can make formal written or verbal submissions to Council on the amendments. Written submissions will be received until 4:00PM, Monday August 27th, 2018 and are to be addressed to: Ms. Sherry Conrad, Municipal Clerk, at: 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater NS, B4V 4G8. Verbal submissions will be received at the time and place of the Hearing. Council can make a decision regarding the amendments to immediately follow the Public Hearing.

For further information, contact Douglas Reid at the Planning Offices at (902) 541-1325, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sherry Conrad, Municipal Clerk.

Public Open House - Oakland Plan Review

DATE:             Tuesday August 21st, 2018
TIME:              ANYTIME between 5.00pm & 8.00pm
LOCATION:    Mahone Bay Centre (45 School St)

A PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE will take place between 5.00pm and 8.00pm at the Mahone Bay Centre. The information meeting will be an “Open House” - citizens can drop in at ANYTIME.

The purpose of this session is to allow residents and property owners in the Oakland Plan Area to hear more - and provide feedback on - the Oakland Plan Review to municipal planning staff and to the members of the Oakland Area Advisory Committee.

Over the last 14 months, the Oakland Area Advisory Committee has met regularly to review existing land use policy and regulations. At this time, Committee members are interested in receiving input on the proposed changes to regulation, before any recommendations are forwarded to the Municipality’s Planning Advisory Committee.

All residents and land owners in the community of Oakland are encouraged to attend.

Copies of the current draft Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law are available at the Municipal Offices, at 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater or can be accessed via

For further information on the Plan Review process, please contact Douglas Reid by phone at: (902) 530-3480 or by e-mail via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



2018-05-404 "Fixed Wireless (Internet) Enhancement Projects"


Please be advised that this Request for Proposal has been postponed and will be issued at a later date.

Taking the t­est at  will help provide a basis for regional high-speed broadband planning

July 19, 2018 - Residents and business owners in three municipalities on the South Shore can now use an online test to reveal the performance of their Internet service – a measurement that will aid the region’s broadband development. The project is being cost shared by three municipal units.

The Internet Performance Test (IPT) was developed by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) as a way to collect highly detailed information about the quality of internet service. The IPT measures some 100 different Internet connection factors beyond the speed of the network, to give planners information on latency (how much delay is in a connection) and the ability of your computer to connect with the latest Internet Protocols. The IPT is being administered in Atlantic Canada by the non-profit group i-Valley, which also helped to develop the tool. The IPT will map the ‘digital divide’ for our rural communities, and help municipalities prioritize those areas with poorer service.

Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Mayor, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, stated that “Access to high-speed internet is of critical importance to the Municipality, and a key priority for our Council. We have been proactive in developing a Municipal Internet Connectivity Strategy, and investing in projects bringing better Internet to our municipality. The Internet Performance Test will give us information that will help us continue to invest in Internet and create a community in which families choose to live.”

“The use of broadband communications is fundamental to improve our economic, environmental and social well-being,” said Allen Webber, Warden, Municipality of the District of Chester. “Broadband is cited as a number one factor in choosing a residence location. Businesses also need broadband in order to compete in the digital economy; if we have world-class standards, we give them a better chance to be world-class businesses.”

Mayor David Dagley of the Region of Queens Municipality added, “The time is right to pursue regional broadband network improvements. Provincial and federal funding will become available to enable Municipalities that are prepared, to support high speed network construction. Our Municipality will continue to source funding towards improving internet service in Queens, which has become an essential service. All residents are encouraged to take the speed test to help ensure that our current networking status is clarified, to enable proper funding applications to be prepared”.

A one-button test

The IPT is community-specific to the South Shore. People in their home or business just click on a URL and launch the test, which only takes 30 seconds. Within that time, the test analyzes more than 100 variables that range from speed to quality - all the factors that could be slowing a resident down or affecting the reliability of their service.

The IPT results are displayed for everyone on a map of the region, colour-coded to highlight service quality. A red zone is poor; a blue zone is good. The IPT ranges from zero to the new national speed goal of 50 Megabits per second (Mbps). 

The further the speed drops below 25 Mbps the redder the map gets; the faster the speed the bluer it gets.

Those without any Internet connection can go to a connected facility, browse to the South Shore IPT Web site, and click on “If you wish to inform us of a location without internet access, click here”.  They will then have the opportunity to place a pin on the map. They can also contact their Municipality’s Economic Development Officer to provide their address by phone.

The tests are location-specific, registering each house or business as the buttons are pressed. People are encouraged to take the test as many times as possible, as speed results may vary over times of day.

In addition to creating a baseline for network planning, the IPT helps communities obtain evidence-based performance data for their community that will provide support for funding applications to governments to ensure sufficient broadband access.

Please click on this link to use the South Shore Internet Performance Test:  

The test will be run continuously over the coming months. Residents of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, Municipality of the District of Chester and Region of Queens Municipality will receive reminder notifications to take the test through several methods, including postcards at key locations in the community, flyers, social media posts, website posts, and through newspaper and radio. All residents, regardless of whether they have good internet service, poor internet service or no internet service are encouraged to take part in the test. The higher the rate of participation by residents, the more accurate the final data will be, which will provide a map that shows accurately the areas with substandard internet service.


For further information please contact:

Sarah Kucharski, Communications Officer, MODL
Phone: (902) 541-1328

Erin Lowe, Economic Development Officer, Municipality of Chester
Phone: (902) 275-2599

Heather Cook, Communications and Engagement Coordinator, Region of Queens Municipality
Phone: (902) 354-5741

July 19, 2018 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – This week, Dr. Robbin Lindsay, Research Scientist with the Public Health Agency of Canada, is in the Municipality installing the first of 18-20 deer bait stations. The bait stations are part of an innovative tick reduction research project, the largest of its kind in Canada.

“The increasing prevalence of Lyme Disease in our community is a serious concern,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Our Council believes it’s vitally important for the Municipality to get involved in trying to reduce tick populations, and in educating residents and visitors on the importance of tick checks. We’ve partnered with the Public Health Agency of Canada on the three-year bait station research project, and with Nova Scotia Public Health on an educational campaign.”

“The bait stations will be stocked by September 1, and will target adult tick populations when they become active again in the fall,” explained Dr. Lindsay. “A common myth is that there are no ticks out in the summer, but that’s actually when there is the highest risk for contracting Lyme Disease. The nymphs are most active in the summer, and they’re more difficult to see because of their small size. It’s important to do a daily tick check after coming inside, and every night before bed. It’s one of the most effective ways of preventing Lyme Disease.”

  • 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. The bait station rollers will apply Permethrin to the deer’s ears as they feed from the station, killing the adult ticks. If you’re walking in the woods and come across a bait station, please exercise caution and do not touch the bait station.
  • A public education campaign will continue throughout the summer and fall, designed to encourage residents and visitors to conduct daily tick checks.
  • Additional signage in parks, outdoor facilities and on trails has been installed to advise users of the presence of ticks in the area.

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is committed to building a community where people choose to live, work and play.  


Media contact:

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
(902) 541-1328
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July 10, 2018 / For Immediate Release

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, residents and members of the media are invited to join members of the community, Council and staff in celebrating Pride by raising the Rainbow flag at the Municipal Building.

Date:                     Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Time:                     11:30 a.m.

Place:                    Municipal Administration Building
                              210 Aberdeen Road