Centre Plan

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Welcome to the Centre Plan project!

The Centre Plan document is the direct result of feedback received through a significant public engagement program, input and guidance from the Community Design Advisory Committee and Regional Council, and a strong commitment by the Planning and Development team to modernize development rules to reflect the vision citizens have for their communities. After the fall 2016 release of the Draft Centre Plan, improvements were made to the following policy directions and themes to respond to what the community said was most important to them:

• Stronger protection for residential neighbourhoods, complete communities & heritage
• Design requirements to minimize impact of new development on existing communities
• Regulations to ensure balanced distribution of housing and population density
• Priority on pedestrians
• Access to parks & public amenities
Affordable housing
• Stronger requirements for sustainable design & building practices
• Regulations that will enable a strong economy

Engagement Overview
Input from thousands of stakeholders including residents, business owners and developers have directly influenced the Centre Plan. The project team undertook in-depth and thoughtful analysis of feedback received during each phase of the public engagement to make the Plan stronger.

Arriving at this milestone of the Centre Plan project is a shared achievement; thank you for your remarkable contributions to this project to ensure we are building better communities.

Learn more about the Engagement process at centreplan.ca

Approval & Implementation Process
The Centre Plan document will now be reviewed by the Community Design Advisory Committee (link to agenda page), the Community Planning & Economic Development Standing Committee, and Regional Council.

If the Centre Plan direction is authorized, staff will proceed with the implementation phase by finalizing detailed policies, land use by-law regulations, and required amendments to other Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law documents.

You can get caught up and stay up-to-date throughout the adoption process by:


Project Background & Overview:
The Centre Plan is phase three of HRMbyDesign, following the establishment of the Regional Centre vision and principles in phase one, and the creation of the Downtown Halifax Plan in phase two. Taken as a whole, the three phases present a vision of a dense, livable and prosperous Regional Centre (Dartmouth and Halifax urban core) that will create sustained economic, environmental and social benefits across the entire municipality.

The Centre Plan will create a new Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy (SMPS) with implementation tools to guide land use and development within the Regional Centre, which is the area defined as Dartmouth within the Circumferential Highway and Peninsular Halifax. Regulated by four community plans and four land use by-laws that were drafted mostly in the late 1970s, existing planning policies do not reflect current or forecasted economic, social and environmental conditions.

The Centre Plan will enable us to build better communities by directing high-quality, well-designed development to neighbourhoods where it can be accommodated, and will foster complete and liveable neighbourhoods for residents to live, work and play.

Welcome to the Centre Plan project!

The Centre Plan document is the direct result of feedback received through a significant public engagement program, input and guidance from the Community Design Advisory Committee and Regional Council, and a strong commitment by the Planning and Development team to modernize development rules to reflect the vision citizens have for their communities. After the fall 2016 release of the Draft Centre Plan, improvements were made to the following policy directions and themes to respond to what the community said was most important to them:

• Stronger protection for residential neighbourhoods, complete communities & heritage
• Design requirements to minimize impact of new development on existing communities
• Regulations to ensure balanced distribution of housing and population density
• Priority on pedestrians
• Access to parks & public amenities
Affordable housing
• Stronger requirements for sustainable design & building practices
• Regulations that will enable a strong economy

Engagement Overview
Input from thousands of stakeholders including residents, business owners and developers have directly influenced the Centre Plan. The project team undertook in-depth and thoughtful analysis of feedback received during each phase of the public engagement to make the Plan stronger.

Arriving at this milestone of the Centre Plan project is a shared achievement; thank you for your remarkable contributions to this project to ensure we are building better communities.

Learn more about the Engagement process at centreplan.ca

Approval & Implementation Process
The Centre Plan document will now be reviewed by the Community Design Advisory Committee (link to agenda page), the Community Planning & Economic Development Standing Committee, and Regional Council.

If the Centre Plan direction is authorized, staff will proceed with the implementation phase by finalizing detailed policies, land use by-law regulations, and required amendments to other Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law documents.

You can get caught up and stay up-to-date throughout the adoption process by:


Project Background & Overview:
The Centre Plan is phase three of HRMbyDesign, following the establishment of the Regional Centre vision and principles in phase one, and the creation of the Downtown Halifax Plan in phase two. Taken as a whole, the three phases present a vision of a dense, livable and prosperous Regional Centre (Dartmouth and Halifax urban core) that will create sustained economic, environmental and social benefits across the entire municipality.

The Centre Plan will create a new Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy (SMPS) with implementation tools to guide land use and development within the Regional Centre, which is the area defined as Dartmouth within the Circumferential Highway and Peninsular Halifax. Regulated by four community plans and four land use by-laws that were drafted mostly in the late 1970s, existing planning policies do not reflect current or forecasted economic, social and environmental conditions.

The Centre Plan will enable us to build better communities by directing high-quality, well-designed development to neighbourhoods where it can be accommodated, and will foster complete and liveable neighbourhoods for residents to live, work and play.