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Sherbrooke Lake Public Park Development

As of March 2, 2017, the Municipality of Chester and the Municipality of Lunenburg agreed to enter into a formal Memorandum of Understanding to address concerns of public access to property purchased by MODL on Sherbrooke Lake. Council for the Municipality of Chester held a public meeting to discuss the  terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between the municipalities concerning the development in February 2017.

As a bit of a background, after public consultation, MODL purchased a piece of property in the Municipality of Chester to develop as a park. The property, located at Sherbrooke Lake, was chosen to promote lake access to the public in response to requests from MODL residents. As a result of concerns of increased traffic and issues resulting from that, the two municipalities agreed to work together on some aspects of the development.

The purpose of the MOU is to ensure that MODC has sufficient input on the future development. It is fairly simple in concept and the key principles are

  • MODC will be consulted and informed throughout the design process;
  • MODL will make decisions around the features and function of the park;
  • A Park Advisory Committee with reps from MODC and MODL will define the key design elements, consult with neighbours of the property and the broader public, oversee the design, and provide advice to MODL on operation once developed;
  • The access shall have an environmental focus, and the idea is for it to be safe, clean and secure as well as accessible for the general public; and
  • The intention is for the development to have minimal impact and could take several years for implementation.

Although the Committee has not made any design recommendations, Phase One of the development could include access for facilities such as,

  • a swimming area
  • a dock/slip for canoes and kayaks
  • a picnic area
  • a hiking trail
  • a change room
  • a natural playground

Design is set to start in 2017-18 with development potentially beginning in 2018-19. In addition, a Stewardship Committee will be formed to establish a water quality monitoring program. They will gather baseline data in the 2017-18 fiscal year. Both MODC and MODL will share in any costs of water testing. The Agreement resulted in amendments to the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law being discontinued as it applies to land owned by MODL.