Project Lunenburg - Comprehensive Community Plan

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Lunenburg Town Council unanimously accepted the draft Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP) submitted by the Project Lunenburg Steering Team at the Council Meeting of September 22, 2020. 

By so doing, Council directed Upland Planning and Design, to continue onto Phase II of Project Lunenburg. Working from the CCP, Upland will next be drafting a new Municipal Planning Strategy, and revising the Town’s Land Use and Subdivision Bylaws.

Lunenburg’s CCP was written by Upland with extensive community involvement over a period of 18 months. It is intended to provide a blueprint for the Town over the next 40 years, with reviews at five-year intervals to re-set priorities. 

“We would like to express our gratitude to the Project Lunenburg Steering Committee, to municipal staff and to the citizens of Lunenburg who inspired and pushed our consulting team to write a plan that we believe deserves to be called ‘comprehensive’,” said Upland partner Steffen Käubler. “Over the last 18 months, we have learned that Lunenburg is a very engaged, very vocal and very creative community and we think you see this reflected in this Plan.” 

“The CCP provides valuable insight into what is important to the people of this community”, said Mayor Rachel Bailey. “I am grateful to our citizens for their input and commend the volunteer Steering Team for their devotion to Project Lunenburg and for overseeing the drafting of this complex Plan. It will be a useful reference tool that future Councils can adapt as the realities of implementation are determined over time.” 

The approval of a new Planning Strategy and new Land-Use bylaws will require further public consultation as part of a legislated formal process, which will have to be overseen by the incoming Council.

To read the CCP, click pdf here (34.44 MB) .

Project Lunenburg

Project Lunenburg is a comprehensive community planning process initiated by the Town of Lunenburg. It’s about bringing people together to set our direction for the years to come.

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The Lunenburg Comprehensive Community Plan must be developed with the community, for the community. It will be rooted in the collective ideas and desires of citizens, visitors, and local stakeholders. The project team has made a sincere commitment to meaningful community engagement integrated through all steps of the process. 

Over the next year we will take a holistic look at the future of Lunenburg. We will define community goals and aspirations, and chart a course that has community efforts moving in the same direction, contributing to a shared vision for the future. 

There will be a variety of opportunities to be involved, as the focus will be on one particular issue at a time. Each phase will include a background paper, a community workshop, an interactive online engagement, and outreach activities. Until April, we are laying the foundation for the project, with online engagement activities that will gather general input about existing conditions and aspirations for the future.  

Project Lunenburg will focus on many important topics:

  • housing
  • transportation infrastructure
  • built heritage and streetscapes
  • recreation and community spaces
  • art and culture
  • environment and sustainability
  • regional cooperation
  • economic development
  • land use policy 

The plan set out through Project Lunenburg will take years to implement. As a result, the plan must be far-looking and consider not just the expected local and global trends of today, but also of the next 40 years or more. The plan must also have a clear strategy for implementation, with well-defined and achievable steps.  

At the same time, a strong plan is not set it stone, and it does not decrease creativity or restrict opportunities. It must be flexible enough to response to what may emerge in the years to come, adapting to new trends and opportunities, and as the vision for a good community evolves.

The process is overseen by a steering committee of Council members, staff, citizen representatives, and Develop Nova Scotia. UPLAND Planning and Design are the consultants who will guide the work.

The project team has made a sincere commitment to meaningful community engagement integrated through all steps of the process. All perspectives and experiences are welcome.

Comprehensive Community Planning

Comprehensive Community Planning is a community-specific, inclusive and holistic process that covers all aspects of the community, and enables it to plan its development and lay out its vision and high-level goals for the long term. The project includes the generation of a Comprehensive Community Plan (CPP) as well as an updated Municipal Planning Strategy, Land Use By-law, and Subdivision By-law as supporting documents.

After a Request for Proposal process, The Town of Lunenburg selected UPLAND Planning + Design Inc. as its consultant partner on the CCP Project at the December 11, 2018 Council Meeting. UPLAND's proposal document can be viewed pdf here (9.24 MB) .