Project Lunenburg - Comprehensive Community Plan

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May 4, 2021

Project Lunenburg: Public Engagement - May 8/13/26, 2021 AND July 27, 2021

After 18 months of public engagement, Council approval of the Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP), and months of writing, the Town of Lunenburg now has new draft Planning documents: a new Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS), Land Use By-law, and Subdivision By-law. We encourage public input through several opportunities in May.

Please note that due to recent public health measures, this will be held online. 

  1. Draft planning documents: The draft documents will be available Saturday, May 8th online (www.projectlunenburg.ca). A hard copy will be available for viewing at Town Hall and the Lunenburg Public Library on May 10th. Please send comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  2. Open Public Forum: A presentation and Q&A will be held on Thursday, May 13th at 6:00pm on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/97677129703) and YouTube Live (https://bit.ly/YouTubeTOL). Please send questions in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop off at Town Hall to the attention of the Planning Advisory Committee. Comments and questions after the broadcast will be received until Monday, May 17 at 4:00pm.  
  3. Public Information Meeting: Everyone is welcome to participate and provide feedback to the Planning Advisory Committee on Wednesday, May 26th at 6:00pm on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/95860968067) and YouTube Live (https://bit.ly/YouTubeTOL). Again, please send questions in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  4. *NEW* Public Hearing: Everyone is welcome to participate and provide feedback to Lunenburg Town Council on Tuesday, July 27th at 6:00pm on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/95489144585) and YouTube Live (https://bit.ly/YouTubeTOL). Please send questions in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information or questions about making a submission to the Public Information Meeting, please contact Arthur MacDonald, Heritage Manager, at 902-634-4410 x234 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

March 23, 2021

Lunenburg Town Council approved the CCP's Five-Year Work Plans - summarized in this pdf 35 Actions Summary Gantt Chart (142 KB) .

Council also received the first pdf CCP Quarterly Report to March 31, 2021 (342 KB) . Ongoing progress monitoring is key to the success of the projects.

November 17, 2020

Lunenburg Town Council unanimously approved the Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP) submitted by the Project Lunenburg Steering Team at the Council Meeting of November 17, 2020. 

Further, the 35 action items identified in the CCP,  Section 12.11 Implementation and Monitoring are the actions to be implemented for the first five years.

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, Subdivision, and Heritage Conservation District  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 planning documents will require further public consultation as part of a legislated formal process, so there is much more to come!

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.

Visit the Project Lunenburg website here: www.projectlunenburg.ca

Project Lunenburg's Facebook page is here: www.facebook.com/projectlunenburg

Project Lunenburg focused 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 is far-looking and considers 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 in stone, and it does not decrease creativity or restrict opportunities. It must be flexible enough to respond 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 are guiding 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) .