2020-04-29

MODL claiming a first for public hearings

by Gayle Wilson

  • <p>GAYLE WILSON, PHOTO</p><p>Screen shot of graphics on MODL&#8217;s Facebook Live event of a public hearing to discuss proposed changes to its Osprey Village Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law. The amendment would permit a 150-unit retirement home next to MODL&#8217;s new municipal administration building on Highway 10 in Cookville.</p>

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) held what staff say is the first virtual public hearing in Nova Scotia.

The public hearing was held via Facebook Live at 8:30 a.m. on April 14 to discuss the proposed amendment to MODL's Osprey Village Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law.

The amendment would permit a proposed 150-unit retirement home next to MODL's new municipal administration building on Highway 10 in Cookville.

The amendment includes changes to permitted uses in the General Commercial Zone and Open Space Zone, as well as to the requirements concerning parking and signage and height restriction. It also includes the establishment of a Commercial Development District.

According to Sarah Kucharski, MODL's communications officer, staff had incorporated a 15-second delay into the live streaming should anything unforeseen arise.

"We also had a conference call line where people could pre-register and then call in to speak. Participants were allowed to ask questions through FB live, although for this hearing no one did," Kucharski told LighthouseNOW in an email.

MODL's planner, Byung Jun, used software called OBS Studio to make it all happen.

Kucharski reported that overall 270 people tapped "Click to Play" on the video, while more than 40 were watching live at one point.

You can watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/1131266613640838/videos/2018119311654886/

Copies of the proposed amendment and related reports are available online at https://engage.modl.ca/.

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