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
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.