West Hants Regional Council is considering rezoning the land adjacent to the historic property of Fort Edward, to allow for residential development. The WHHS strongly believes that this land should remain in public hands.
What We're Doing
In 2021, a local community member alerted us to a potential development concern adjacent to the historic Fort Edward grounds. This page is to provide the information collected by our Society, and to illustrate why we are against the proposed rezoning of the adjacent land from Public Use to R2.
The West Hants Historical Society wants time to collaborate with stakeholders in drafting a plan to transform the vacant lot next to Fort Edward into a community focal point that leverages the Fort Edward National Historic Site as a place for community to gather, learn, listen and reconcile. If the Historical Society can’t pull a plan together, all we have lost is a few months. But if we don’t at least give this a chance, we have lost so much more. We only have a small window of opportunity to help make this happen.
You can also email specific Councillors. Their contact information is listed on the West Hants website here: https://westhants.ca/mayor-and-council-contacts.html
Help us spread awareness of our campaign to prevent the rezoning of the lands around Fort Edward! Join the community Facebook group, send letters to your local media outlets, contact your local Councillors, and share with your friends and contacts.
We encourage everyone to send their own emails or letters, using your own voices. The template provided here is simple and short. You can copy and paste the words below into your own email, and sign with your own name:
Dear Council, I am writing this email to express my opposition to the rezoning and sale of the vacant land adjacent to Fort Edward Historic Site. I encourage Council to retain the land as Public Use, and to allow the West Hants Historical Society time to present an alternative plan for the site as a community focal point to gather, listen, learn and reconcile.
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You may also choose to send your own copy of Gary Nelson’s letter to Council from Jan 23, 2022. That letter is found in the next tab.
Reports, Letters, & Media
The West Hants Historical Society has compiled these resources here for public use.
Fort Edward Street Archaeological Resource Impact Assessment, 23 February 2022, By Jonathan Fowler This post shares the Archaeological Resource Impact Assessment report for the proposed …
Article: Momentum grows against possible sale of municipally-owned land next to historic Fort Edward
Article on Halifax Examiner by Yvette D’Entremont, March 23, 2022. Click here for original article. The organization representing the province’s Acadians says outside momentum against …
Article: Develop or preserve: Land beside Fort Edward National Historic Site debated by West Hants council after archaeological report
Article on Saltwire by Carole Morris-Underhill, March 21 2022. Click here for original article. Council to take outing to site in question WINDSOR, N.S. It …
Article on Saltwire by Carole Morris-Underhill, March 15 2022. Click here for original article. WINDSOR, N.S. – Buried underneath the oldest wooden blockhouse in North …
Article on Saltwire by Carole Morris-Underhill, March 15 2022. Click here for original article. Hants County site has untapped tourism potential, says archaeologist WINDSOR, N.S. …