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NOTICE TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG

Special Council Meeting – May 26, 2020

A Special Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. to conduct regular Council business. It will be held via tele and video conference. The public does not have access to this meeting while it is in session, but the recording and draft minutes of the meeting will be posted on the webpage within 24 hours of the meeting.  Read the agenda.

Sherry Conrad

Municipal Clerk

Do you pay your property taxes by TIPP? We have an important notice for those who have signed up to have your tax bill payment automatically withdrawn from your bank account on the due date.

If you have signed up for the full amount of your tax bill to be withdrawn on the due date, the due date has been delayed from May 31 to August 31.

The full amount of your tax bill will be withdrawn on August 31.

If you have any questions about your TIPP payment, please call 902-541-1338

NOTICE TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG

Special Council Meetings – May 12, 2020

The first Special Council meeting will be for regular agenda items and will start at 9:00 a.m.  It will be held via tele and video conference. The public does not have access to this meeting while it is in session, but the recording and draft minutes of the meeting will be posted on the webpage within 24 hours of the meeting. Read the agenda.

The second Special Council meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. and will be for the consideration and approval of the 2020/21 Operating and Capital Budgets. This meeting will be via tele and video conference as well as Facebook Live. Please note, that the public can listen to the meeting via Facebook Live but will be unable to participate in the discussion. The recording and draft minutes of the meeting will be posted on the webpage within 24 hours of the meeting. Read the agenda.

Sherry Conrad

Municipal Clerk

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

Location: Facebook Page, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg – MODL (https://www.facebook.com/MODLns/)

PL200002 – Stonemont Retirement Living Complex

Amendment to the Osprey Village Secondary Planning Strategy & Land Use By-law

On March 10, 2020, Municipal Council gave a Notice of its Intent to amend the Osprey Village Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law. The amendment would permit a proposed 150-unit retirement home next to the new Municipal Administration Building in Cookville, across from the Best Western Plus Hotel on Highway 10, near Exit 12 of Highway 103.

The amendment includes seven (7) revisions to the existing Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law, including changes to permitted uses in the General Commercial Zone and Open Space Zone, parking requirement, height restriction, signage requirement, and the establishment of Commercial Development District.

A PUBLIC HEARING on the Amendment to the Secondary Planning Strategy and the Land Use By-law will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/MODLns/.

The public may make formal written or verbal submissions to Council on the Amendment. Written submissions will be received until 4:30 p.m., on Monday, April 6, 2020 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Verbal submissions will be received at the time of the Public Hearing by registering for a conference call with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 4:30 p.m., on Monday, April 6, 2020  where further instruction will be given. Council can decide on the Amendment following the Public Hearing.

Copies of the proposed Amendment and related reports are available online at https://engage.modl.ca/. For further information, contact the Planning & Development Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sherry Conrad, Municipal Clerk

As part of the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg's Administration Building is closed. Our current plan is to re-open June 1; however, we will be reassessing as necessary.

Recreation, Parks and Trails

All recreational programming, and programming at the MARC building has been cancelled.

We will be opening our parks on our regular seasonal opening day of Saturday, May 16, with some exceptions.

Pine Grove Outdoor Play Park will remain closed, as will the MARC ballfields. Additionally, all public washrooms will be closed, as we are not able to clean them with the frequency required by provincial guidelines at this time. We are working towards a solution that will allow us to open these washrooms. All beaches remain closed, and all playground equipment remains closed.

Social distancing restrictions are still in place at our parks and on trails. Gatherings of more than five people are prohibited, and you must stay six feet apart from people who are not part of your household.

Building Inspections and Development

Urgent building inspections will be prioritized and completed during the closure. If you have an urgent building inspection or dangerous premises inspection, please call (902) 541-1325 to book.

We are still accepting building permit applications while our office is closed. Email your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Staff will review and determine the required fees. Fees can be paid by cheque, either dropped off in the night drop box at 210 Aberdeen Road or by mailing. When applying for a Building Permit remotely you MUST contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 902-541-1325 (leave a voicemail) to determine the correct fee before mailing or dropping off payment for a building permit application. Building permit applications submitted with incorrect amounts will require correct payment before your application will be processed. 

Subdivision applications, Development permit applications and zoning confirmations requests can be dropped off at 210 Aberdeen or emailed to Norma Schiefer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Taxes

In order to offset the financial impact on residents and businesses during the COVID-19 situation, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg will delay the interim tax deadline by 90 days.

The interim tax deadline has been moved from May 31, 2020 to August 31, 2020. If your account includes arrears, daily interest will continue to be applied on those arrears. Interest on the newly issued interim invoice will not be applied until September 1, 2020. We encourage those residents who are able to pay their tax bill upon receipt to do so.

Additionally, the Municipality will offer a deferral of PACE and Straight Pipe Loan payments of up to 90 days upon request. Please email Christine Corkum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Interim tax bills have been mailed. While our office is still closed, you can make your tax payment by mail, drop box at our office, at your bank, or through online or telephone banking.

Please note that payments made at a bank, online or via telephone banking will take up to 3 days to reach us.

Receipts for payments made can be issued upon request. Please call (902) 541-1348 and leave a message. Staff will return your call. Receipts can be issued by email or mail.

We encourage those residents who are able to pay their tax bill upon receipt to do so.

Do you pay your property taxes by TIPP? We have an important notice for those who have signed up to have your tax bill payment automatically withdrawn from your bank account on the due date.

If you have signed up for the full amount of your tax bill to be withdrawn on the due date, the due date has been delayed from May 31 to August 31.

The full amount of your tax bill will be withdrawn on August 31.

Important Phone Numbers:

Tax account billing inquiries: (902) 541-1329

If you wish to have a payment receipt mailed or emailed, change your billing address or to apply for a low income property tax exemption: (902) 541-1348

If you wish to sign up for TIPP or have questions regarding TIPP payments: (902) 541-1338

Are you applying for the 2020-21 Property Tax Rebate? For the 2020-21 fiscal year, you do not require a Commissioner of Oaths to sign your Statutory Declaration. An unsworn Statutory Declaration will be accepted for the 2020-21 fiscal year only.

Criminal Record Checks

If you require a criminal record check, we have waived the fee, and the RCMP have been advised that no payment is required.

Fire Departments

In response to the COVID-19 situation, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg will extend the deadline for the submission of the 2020/21 registration packages for the fire and emergency services providers and the date for ratepayer meetings until August 15, 2020 for the 2020/21 fiscal year. Fire departments are discouraged from holding their ratepayer meetings until the province lifts the State of Emergency, and/or permits large gatherings of people.

The 2019/20 registration status of current fire and emergency services providers will also be extended until the 2020/21 registration packages have been processed.

Important Links

St. Joseph’s Parish will be offering meals on Saturdays to families who have lost their jobs or single parent families in need, due to COVID-19. To book a meal, you are asked to call 902-521-0537. Pick-up is at St. Joseph’s Parish hall on Saturdays from 10-12pm. Please reach out if you need their support.

Nova Scotia's Official Coronavirus site: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

Government of Canada's Official Corovavirus site: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Local Open for Business Listings https://huddle.today/open-for-business/wpbdp_category/southwest-ns/

The public notice period has begun regarding the proposed amendments to the Building Code Regulations. Please  read this notice of proposed amendments .

NOTICE OF SECOND READING

TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG

Re: Repeal and Replacement of the Solid Waste Collection & Disposal By-law

On January 28, 2020, Municipal Council gave notice of its intention to repeal the existing Solid Waste Collection & Disposal By-law that was adopted by Council on February 19, 2014 and amended on June 24, 2014 and to replace it with a new By-law and conducted and approved First Reading.

See NOTICE OF SECOND READING for more information. 

See A BY-LAW RESPECTING SOLID WASTE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL for a copy of the proposed By-law.

2020 01 31 Sales Sheet 210 Aberdeen Rd

 

Properties with taxes owing for three years or more are subject to tax sale. The tax sale list that was published in the South Shore Breaker newspaper with information as of January 29, 2020 is available here:    2020 Tax Sale List  (updated Feb 25).  For more information, or for updates to the listing contact:  Joanne Sampson, Property Tax Administrator, at 902-541-1329 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The current tax sale is scheduled for March 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., and will be held in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg Council Chambers, 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater, NS.

Registration is required by completing this registration form .  If possible, please return the completed registration forms prior to March 2, so that a bidder number can be issued upon your arrival.

The tax sale is a public, open auction with bidding beginning at taxes and expenses owing, including any additional legal and advertising fees.

 

 

Online Tax Assessment Lookup

Find your tax assessment using Nova Scotia's Online Property Assessment Information website. Visit their website.

 

 

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.