60 Pleasant Street, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 3X9
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Community Development provides the link between how land is used, where development happens and how our community responds and thrives as a result. The Community Development Department works to create active, healthy, sustainable communities through engagement with the residents of Bridgewater and progressive planning practices. There are three functional areas of the Department:

1. Land Use & Development Control
2. Recreation 
3. Sustainability & Energize Bridgewater

Jessica McDonald, Director of Community Development
902-541-4368
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The Director of Community Development is responsible for the overall management of the Town’s Planning, Sustainability and Recreation Services  which includes strategic and long-term community and land use  planning, project management, development review and control, sustainability, recreation programming, special projects  and GIS services. The position is responsible to ensure the Department is aligned with Council and Organizational Priorities, developmental and capacity building of departmental staff, and financial management of the department budgets and plans.  If you have any questions regarding planning and development, recreation or sustainability in Bridgewater, please do not hesitate to contact the Director.

Nick Brown, Development Officer
902-541-4369
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The Development Officer is responsible for administering the Town's Land Use By-Law, Subdivision By-Law, Sidewalk Cafe By-law, Vending By-law and Land Leased Community By-Law, and issues Development Permits.  The Development Officer is the first stop for anyone thinking of developing within Bridgewater. For any questions regarding zoning / permitted uses, subdivision of land, small-scale business uses or signage, please contact the Development Officer directly. 

Mackenzie Childs, Planner
902-541-4386
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The Planner is responsible for administering the Town's Municipal Planning Strategy, Active Transportation & Connectivity Plan, and provides techncial assistance and planning support for many long-term strategic initiatives such as public transit and downtown revitalization. For any questions related to planning applications for development agreements or rezonings, please contact the Planner directly. 

Colleen O'Neill, Energize Bridgewater Project Manager
902-530-3635
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The Energize Bridgewater Project Manager is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Energy Poverty Reduction Program, Energize Bridgewater, as part of the Smart Cities Challenge Canada program. For any questions related to the Energize Bridgewater program, please contact the Project Manager directly.

Leon de Vreede, Sustainability Planner 
902-541-4390
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The Sustainability Planner is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Town's Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP), Community Energy Investment Plan (CEIP, 2018)  and Energy Poverty Reduction Program (2019). Together, the CEIP and energy poverty reduction program form "Energize Bridgewater". For any questions regarding the Town's sustainability and energy work, please contact the Sustainability Planner directly.

Nelson Nolan, Junior Planner
902-543-0434
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The Junior Planner provides technical assistance and infromation to staff and the public related to a borad range of planning matters and departmental initiatives, including the implementation of the Town's "Energize Bridgewater" and "Smart Cities Energy Poverty Reduction Programs". For any questions related to how to become engaged in the Town's Energize Bridgewater or energy poverty reduction work, please contact the Junior Planner directly.  

Greg Goubko, Energy Finance & Development Coordinator
902-530-3621
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The Energy Finance & Development Coordinator is responsible for developing strategic capitalization plans and financing mechanisms for local energy projects as part of the Town's "Energize Bridgewater" and "Smart Cities Energy Poverty Reduction Program". For any questions related to the financing and capitalization efforts of Energize Bridgewater, please contact the Energy Finance & Development Coordinator Directly. 

Myles Cornish, Onsite Energy Manager (Efficiency NS)
902-441-3595
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The Onsite Energy Manager is an employee of Efficiency Nova Scotia who is embedded in the Town's operations to assist with energy management for Town-owned facilities. This position is also providing technical advice and assistance to the Town's Energize Bridgewater program. For more information, please contact the Onsite Energy Manager directly. 

Andy Janes, IT Systems Integration Specialist
902-541-4384
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The IT Systems Integration Specialist leads the development of IT and data systems related to the Energize Bridgewater program, which is a nationally recognized Smart Cities initiative. Their primary responsibility is to manage the design, prototyping, and evaluation of information systems and communications platforms that support the Town’s clean energy and energy poverty reduction programs. For more information, please contact the IT Systems Integration Specialist directly.

Diana Johnson, Recreation Coordinator
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Recreation Coordinator is responsible for the ongoing planning, development, implementation and evaluation of all sport, recreation, active and healthy living and leisure programs offered by the Town for people of all ages and abilities. If you have any questions about opportunities you want to participate in or offer to the community, please reach out to our Recreation Coordinator directly. 

Chris Sanford, Community Gardens Coordinator
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The Community Garden Coordinator oversees Bridgewater Community Garden projects i.e.  Hodge Podge Community Garden, Incredible Edible Bridgewater, Edible Trees Bridgewater and The Bee's Needs Pollinator Garden. Any questions about how to get involved, please reach out directly.

Ruth Mader, Administrative Assistant
902-543-2274
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The Administrative Assistant provides frontline service to customers and members of the public and administration support services for the Community Development Department. This includes program registration, public enquiries, reception, facility booking, permit and application tracking, committee and communication support. If you have a general question about the Community Development Department or want to book a Town facility for a special event, contact our front desk.

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emailEmail Us: develop@bridgewater.ca