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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
4. Fire Inspection

Jessica McDonald, Director of Community Development and Energize Bridgewater 
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, Manager of Planning & Development Services / 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 II 
902-530-4081
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The Planner II is responsible for administering the Town's Municipal Planning Strategy and Active Transportation Plan, and provides technical 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 II directly. 

Mike Kahn, Planner II – Plan Review
902-930-3573
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The Planner II – Plan Review is responsible for updating the Town’s Municipal Planning Strategy, Land Use Bylaw and Subdivision Bylaw, as well as assisting with: development applications; growth related servicing charge policies; and affordable housing policies for the town. For questions regarding the review of planning documents, please contact the Planner II directly

Sana Karami, Planner I
902-541-4384
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The Planner I is responsible for administering the Town's Municipal Planning Strategy and Open Space Plan and provides technical assistance and planning support for long-term projects such as recreation, placemaking, and the Planning Document Review Process. For any questions related to the Open Space Plan, please contact the Planner I directly.

Kelsi Godin, GIS Specialist/Planning Technician
902-523-0894
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The GIS Specialist/Planning Technician is responsible for providing technical assistance and information to staff and the public regarding the administration of planning and development control programs. The GIS Specialist/Planning Technician is also the primary departmental resource for mapping and spatial analysis functions and supports policy research and development for a variety of projects in the Community Development Department.

Kara Highfield, Recreation & Active Communities Coordinator (Diana Johnson currently on leave)
902-541-4367
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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. 

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.

Sandy Whitmee, Administrative Assistant - Recreation
902-543-2274
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The Administrative Assistant provides frontline service to customers and members of the public and administrative support services for the Recreation team. This includes public enquiries, reception, recreation bookings, committee and communication support. If you have a general question about recreation services, contact our front desk.

Pam Adams, Administrative Assistant - Planning & Building
902-541-4371
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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 public enquiries, reception, permit and application tracking, committee and communication support. If you have a general question about the Community Development Department, contact our front desk.

Tyler Gavas, Fire Inspector
902-530-3618
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The Town employs one fire inspector, who is appointed to act under the Fire Safety Act, the Dangerous and Unsightly Premises Section of the Municipal Government Act, and the Minimum Building Standards Bylaw. The Fire Inspector is responsible for performing routine fire inspections, and the administration of any dangerous and unsightly premises concerns.

Energize Bridgewater 

Onsite Energy Manager (Efficiency NS) - vacant

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. 

Leon de Vreede, Senior Policy & Program Planner 
902-541-4390
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The Senior Policy & Program 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 Senior Policy & Program Planner directly.

Meghan Doucette, Planner I 
902-530-3621 
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The Planner I provides technical assistance and information to staff and the public related to a broad range of activities required to implement the Town of Bridgewater’s Energize Bridgewater Energy Poverty Reduction program. The Planner I is also responsible for supporting the delivery of Coordinated Access services, guiding stakeholder engagement for the Energize Bridgewater project, and contributing to affordable housing initiatives lead by the Community Development Department.  

Sujata Sajan, Project Coordinator 
902-530-3614
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Reporting to the Energize Bridgewater Project Director, the Project Coordinator provides critical administrative and project management support to the project team by ensuring efficient, timely, and accurate management of the workflows and processes of the project including task and milestone monitoring, tracking, documentation, and reporting.

Josie Rudderham, EMIS Project Assistant
902-930-2561
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The Project Assistant provides administrative and project management support for the development, testing, and implementation of the Energy Management Information System (EMIS) component of the Energize Bridgewater project.

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