Five-year Lunen­burg wa­ter­front plan in the works

South Shore Breaker - - LOCAL - KATHY JOHN­SON kathy.john­son@bel­laliant.net

The first round of meet­ings on a five-year Lunen­burg work­ing wa­ter­front plan has just wrapped up, fol­low­ing its re­lease by Wa­ter­front Devel­op­ment at the Lunen­burg Wa­ter­front As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual sym­po­sium on June 23.

Im­prove­ments that would en­hance tourism, bet­ter ac­com­mo­date vis­it­ing plea­sure craft, de­velop cur­rent in­fras­truc­ture used by ex­ist­ing wa­ter­front busi­nesses and in­dus­tries and sup­port a com­mu­nity moor­ing field plan with a ten­der ser­vice to Zwicker Wharf, are in­cluded in the draft plan.

Be­ing fa­cil­i­tated by Wa­ter­front Devel­op­ment, “This lat­est mas­ter­plan is an ef­fort to lay out the plan for the next five years,” said Jen­nifer An­gel, CEO of Wa­ter­front Devel­op­ment.

Wa­ter­front Devel­op­ment has been in­volved in Lunen­burg since about 2005, said An­gel, and has been work­ing with lo­cal stake­hold­ers, the Lunen­burg Wa­ter­front Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion and the town ba­si­cally since that time.

“What we’re try­ing to do is in­crease pub­lic en­gage­ment and con­sul­ta­tions to get to a shared vi­sion for the wa­ter­front,” said An­gel. “We are tak­ing time to re­ally talk to the com­mu­nity be­cause the right plan is the one that re­flects the com­mu­nity’s val­ues, so our am­bi­tion is find a plan that peo­ple can all cham­pion. Not that ev­ery­body agrees with ev­ery piece, but gen­er­ally speak­ing, the com­mu­nity can feel proud about the plan and sup­port­ive of the plan and that’s the process we’re work­ing our way through, now.”

Fol­low­ing the Lunen­burg Wa­ter­front As­so­ci­a­tion sym­po­sium, pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions were also held at the Lunen­burg School of the Arts on June 26, the Lunen­burg Farm­ers’ Mar­ket on June 28 and Lunen­burg Town Hall on July 3.

In ad­di­tion to pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions, An­gel said they have held “very tar­geted stake­holder meet­ings” with the numer­ous peo­ple who use the wa­ter­front and town coun­cil. “We’ve had broad con­sul­ta­tions and very tar­geted con­ver­sa­tions to make sure we har­vest all the ideas,” said An­gel, adding the next step is “pulling to­gether all the feed­back we heard, and the next step will be to bring that feed­back and an up­dated plan back to the pub­lic.”

Lunen­burg’s his­toric wa­ter­front is host to numer­ous in­dus­tries and is a busy place, said An­gel. “We’re def­i­nitely see­ing in­creased vis­i­ta­tion, in­creas­ing recre­ational boat­ing at Zwicker Wharf; there’s some re­ally good ac­tiv­ity in the ship­yard lately. Clear­wa­ter is still op­er­at­ing. The Dory Shop and Pic­ton Cas­tle Ware­house are open. There [are] good busi­nesses there, now. We need to tar­get in­vest­ment in in­fras­truc­ture that will en­able growth in the key sec­tors and al­low the pri­vate busi­nesses to re­ally flourish, so that’s [what] we’re try­ing to do.”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the work­ing wa­ter­front plan, you can visit my-wa­ter­front.ca/ wa­ter­front/lunen­burg/.

Lunen­burg wa­ter­front strate­gic goals

1. Im­prove har­bour in­fras­truc­ture to en­hance ma­rine eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity.

2. En­sure wharves are used to full po­ten­tial.

3. Cre­ate a com­mon user ship­yard.

4. Ex­plore op­por­tu­nity to sup­port ocean tech­nol­ogy sec­tors/cove.

5. Bet­ter seg­re­ga­tion of ma­rine in­dus­trial and tourism uses.

6. Main­tain own­er­ship of as­sets along the Lunen­burg wa­ter­front.

7. Con­tinue to in­vest in Wdcl-owned build­ings and wharves to foster eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity.

8. Es­tab­lish a best-in-class recre­ational ma­rina for tran­sient boaters.

9. Max­i­mize the yield per tourist, while re­duc­ing their im­pact on the com­mu­nity.

10. Ex­plore op­por­tu­nity for an en­hanced fed­eral role in Lunen­burg Har­bour.

Con­trib­uted

A view of Lunen­burg Har­bour.

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