Planning & Development
Town staff will assist you in completing your planning and Development Permit applications before starting your project. For more information please contact the Town Hall, 119 Cumberland Street, 902-634-4410 for assistance. Our staff will guide you through the approval process.
1.) Municipal Planning Strategy
The Municipal Planning Strategy is the policy document of Council regarding the use of land in Lunenburg. The accompanying Land Use By-law and Subdivision By-law are the documents through which Council's policies are administered.
2.) Land Use By-law
The Town's Land Use By-law describes the various development zones in Lunenburg.
3.) Development Permit
The Land Use By-law regulates the type of use permitted on any lot in the Town of Lunenburg and the location of all buildings and structures on any lots. In addition, it deals with requirements for items such as signs, fences and parking. The main tool for administration of the Land Use By-law is the requirement for a development permit for any new development or change in use, or any new structure. Any change to the outside of a building on the lower portion of Dufferin Street, Falkland Street and Tannery Road also requires a development permit for heritage conservation purposes.
4.) Development Agreement
5.) Subdivision Approval
Any change in the boundary of a lot requires subdivision approval. A "Subdivision Application" is the form used for this process, which generally begins with an applicant hiring a surveyor to prepare the required information.
6.) Town of Lunenburg Planning and Development Maps
7.) Municipal Climate Change Action Plan
A Municipal Climate Change Action Plan (MCCAP) was completed by the Town of Lunenburg in February 2015. The MCCAP is divided into two sections including Adaptation and Mitigation. This plan is a means of considering climate change impacts within the Town boundaries. Planning enables the Town, residents, businesses and developers to better respond to climate change, reduce risk and minimize damage. The purpose of the MCCAP is to proactively plan for climate change and identify where adaptation and mitigation measures are necessary to improve public safety and community sustainability. The Town also hired a consultant to prepare a higher resolution map showing the impact of sea level rise and storm surge levels in the years 2025 and 2100. Both these documents can be viewed by clicking on the links provided below.
Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Map
8.) Comprehensive Community Plan Project
The Town of Lunenburg is undertaking an exciting project to chart a course for the future of our historic coastal community: the Comprehensive Community Plan Project, which 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.
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 Town is working towards a CCP that includes Lunenburg’s land use, residential development, transportation, economic development, recreation and outdoor spaces, community facilities and utilities, natural environment, arts and culture, heritage resources, beautification and streetscape.
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
More information to come!