What is Project Lunenburg?
Project Lunenburg is a process for creating and implementing a comprehensive community plan. It's about bringing people together to set our direction for the years to come.
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.
Project Lunenburg will focus on many important topics:
built heritage and streetscapes
recreation and community spaces
art and culture
environment and sustainability
land use policy
The Future Will Happen No Matter What
Choosing not to plan is accepting that the future simply happens, or is beyond our influence. It assumes that it will be alright to go in different directions at the same time, or that we can make each decision one by one and hope for the best. Plans can give us a constant direction that will help us take control over our own fate.
A Season for Preparations
There is a season for everything. There is a time to repair the boat and a time to catch the fish; a time to grow and a time harvest. These cycles prepare us to take appropriate actions at the right moments. A community plan makes us ready to act in our best interests when the circumstances are right.
Meeting Practical Needs
Lunenburg has a diversity of local businesses, and a seasonal population flux. There are threats of sea level rise, and opportunities with young families moving to the area. There are very sensible, efficient reasons to plan. It can help to move beyond reacting to immediate needs or lucky breaks, to spend more time striving for long term solutions.
Why is a Plan Needed?
How Will Project Lunenburg Happen?
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.
The creation of the plan will be fully integrated with community input, topic by topic. Over the next year, we will focus on important issues one at a time, working with citizens and stakeholders to form relevant goals, actions or concepts.
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 will also have a clear strategy for implementation, with well-defined and achievable steps.
At the same time, it must be flexible enough to respond to what may emerge in the years to come. A strong plan enables creativity, adapts to seize unforeseen opportunity, and adjusts over time as the vision for a good community evolves.
Who is overseeing Project Lunenburg?
A project steering team has been put in place to supervise the process, and a consultant has been hired to carry out the work.
The consultant is Upland Planning and Design Studio, based in Dartmouth. You can find out more about them on their website.
The steering team members are:
Chair - Councillor Matt Risser
Deputy Mayor John McGee
Councillor Peter Mosher
Dawn Sutherland, Manager of Planning and Development
Arthur MacDonald, Heritage Manager
Norma Schiefer, District Development Officer
Terry Drisdelle, Develop Nova Scotia