The Development of a Local Coastal Policy in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg
As a requirement under the Municipal Funding Agreement, all municipalities in Nova Scotia developed a Municipal Climate Change Action Plan (MCCAP). On December 10, 2013 the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg’s Council adopted its first MCCAP. The 2013 MCCAP sets out a number of actions for proposed implementation by the Municipality, and potential partners, over the next number of years.
One of the initial actions in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg’s 2013 Climate Change Action Plan (MCCAP) was the development of a local coastal policy. In Council's consideration: the first phase in the development of any policy is to consult with local residents and landowners along the coast, and gather their feedback on what policy options may be pursued. The Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation partnered with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg to host five public meetings from late June to early August 2014.
All five meetings started with a short presentation at 7:00 PM, followed by an “open-house” to review related mapping information and to fill out specific feedback forms.
Dates and locations of the meetings were as follows:
|Monday June 16||Petite Riviere Fire Hall||18 Petite Riviere Rd|
|Wednesday June 18||Riverport Community Centre||79 Lower LaHave Rd|
|Wednesday June 25||St Barnabas Church (Blue Rocks)||10 the Lane|
|Wednesday July 9||Mahone Bay Centre||45 School St|
|Tuesday August 5||Tancook Island Recreation Centre||39 School Rd|
Although the Province initiated some discussion on coastal management issues in 2010 - the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg was interested in hearing from citizens on how the local government may become involved.
The Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation prepared a report on the survey results and comments heard at the five public meetings and presented this information to the Municipality’s Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) on September 25th, 2014.