Project Lunenburg's Launch a Hit with Community

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A community open house was held the evening of Wednesday, February 28th to kick off Project Lunenburg, a process for creating and implementing a comprehensive community plan. 

Initiated by the Town of Lunenburg, Project Lunenburg is about bringing people together to set the direction for the years to come. The process is overseen by a steering committee of Council members, staff, citizen representatives, and Develop Nova Scotia. UPLAND Planning + Design are the consultants guiding the work. 

UPLAND facilitor Erica Brook commented, “The whole UPLAND team was blown away by the turnout and enthusiasm at the launch event! We’re looking forward to more great conversations and taking a closer look at specific matters.” 

Wednesday night’s launch saw approximately 200 residents stream through over three hours at the Lunenburg & District Fire Hall, where they contributed ideas on everything from housing to culture on “dotmocracy” easels, a giant map of the town, and at speakers’ corners.  

Dawn Sutherland, the Town’s Planning & Development Manager, said “The launch event was a fantastic first step in engaging our community in Project Lunenburg’s decision-making process.” 

Councillor Matt Risser, Chair of the Comprehensive Community Plan Steering Team, agreed. "I'm thrilled that the launch of Project Lunenburg was such a success and look forward to building on that momentum in the months to come,” he said. “There will be plenty of opportunities for people to participate either online or through the monthly workshops and activities that are coming. I'm certain that together we'll build a sound plan that will help guide our community toward its desired future."  

A project website has been launched at – links can also be found on the Town website home page and its Project Lunenburg comprehensive community plan page. 

There will be a variety of opportunities to be involved. Over the next year Project Lunenburg will take a holistic look at Lunenburg, focusing 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, the project team is 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 

This is a process by the community, for the community. Project Lunenburg will define our goals and aspirations, and chart a course that has all of our efforts moving in the same direction. We can all contribute to a shared vision for the future.  

For more information 

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Phone: 902-634-4410 Ext. 255


[Photos: Courtesy of Alex Pearson]