Centre Plan

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Welcome to the Centre Plan project!
Update – October 2020

The Centre Plan is a planning process for the Regional Centre, including Peninsula Halifax and Dartmouth inside the Circumferential Highway. The Centre Plan is being developed in two phases, Package A - approved by Council in September of 2019, and Package B. Centre Plan Package B continues to be guided by the Community Design Advisory Committee (CDAC). View CDAC meeting agendas and presentations.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Centre Plan Package B public engagement process and project timeline. The public meetings previously scheduled in March and April have been cancelled in response to provincial and municipal social distancing measures and it is unclear at this time when it will be safe to reschedule in-person meetings. Regrettably, given this context, it is now clear that the goal of completing the Centre Plan Package B in September 2020 will not be met while ensuring that the public is adequately consulted. The project timeline will be updated when there is greater certainty on when these important public consultations can be safely completed.

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Saint Patrick’s Alexandra Site - The Saint Patrick’s Alexandra former school site located at 2326 Brunswick Street and 2277 Maitland Street is a prominent place in Halifax’s north end. As part of the first phase of Centre Plan Package A, this site was zoned as Higher Order Residential-1 (HR-1), meaning development as a multi-unit residential area with some commercial uses up to a maximum height of 14 metres (typically approximately 4 storeys) would be permitted. In September 2019, Council directed planning staff to explore changing the zoning from the HR-1 zone to the HR-2 zone. The community is invited to provide feedback on policies that will shape future redevelopment of this site. Find out more and join the conversation.
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Centre Plan Package A is now in effect. Visit Regional Centre Plan Area to read the Regional Centre Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy [PDF] and Regional Centre Land Use By-law [PDF] and learn more about the planning policies and regulations for this planning area.

The Centre Plan is a planning process for the Regional Centre, including Peninsula Halifax and Dartmouth inside the Circumferential Highway. This area is recognized as HRM’s urban core, and is the civic, cultural and economic centre of the Municipality. Although it is less than 1% of the municipality’s area, it houses over 25% of the region’s population.

The Centre Plan will replace four separate plans and land use By-laws for the Regional Centre which have mostly been in place since amalgamation – in some cases, since the 1970s. By consolidating multiple plans into one, the municipality will be modernizing and simplifying the development process and creating a consistent regulatory framework for the entire Regional Centre.

The Centre Plan is being developed in two phases: Package A was approved in September of 2019, and Package B is currently available for public feedback. The adoption process for implementing the Centre Plan into law requires public consultation, review by a number of committees of Council, Community Councils, a public hearing held by Regional Council, and provincial review. The key outcomes of Centre Plan include:

• 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

Thanks for your continued interest and support of the Centre Plan.

Welcome to the Centre Plan project!
Update – October 2020

The Centre Plan is a planning process for the Regional Centre, including Peninsula Halifax and Dartmouth inside the Circumferential Highway. The Centre Plan is being developed in two phases, Package A - approved by Council in September of 2019, and Package B. Centre Plan Package B continues to be guided by the Community Design Advisory Committee (CDAC). View CDAC meeting agendas and presentations.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Centre Plan Package B public engagement process and project timeline. The public meetings previously scheduled in March and April have been cancelled in response to provincial and municipal social distancing measures and it is unclear at this time when it will be safe to reschedule in-person meetings. Regrettably, given this context, it is now clear that the goal of completing the Centre Plan Package B in September 2020 will not be met while ensuring that the public is adequately consulted. The project timeline will be updated when there is greater certainty on when these important public consultations can be safely completed.

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Saint Patrick’s Alexandra Site - The Saint Patrick’s Alexandra former school site located at 2326 Brunswick Street and 2277 Maitland Street is a prominent place in Halifax’s north end. As part of the first phase of Centre Plan Package A, this site was zoned as Higher Order Residential-1 (HR-1), meaning development as a multi-unit residential area with some commercial uses up to a maximum height of 14 metres (typically approximately 4 storeys) would be permitted. In September 2019, Council directed planning staff to explore changing the zoning from the HR-1 zone to the HR-2 zone. The community is invited to provide feedback on policies that will shape future redevelopment of this site. Find out more and join the conversation.
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Centre Plan Package A is now in effect. Visit Regional Centre Plan Area to read the Regional Centre Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy [PDF] and Regional Centre Land Use By-law [PDF] and learn more about the planning policies and regulations for this planning area.

The Centre Plan is a planning process for the Regional Centre, including Peninsula Halifax and Dartmouth inside the Circumferential Highway. This area is recognized as HRM’s urban core, and is the civic, cultural and economic centre of the Municipality. Although it is less than 1% of the municipality’s area, it houses over 25% of the region’s population.

The Centre Plan will replace four separate plans and land use By-laws for the Regional Centre which have mostly been in place since amalgamation – in some cases, since the 1970s. By consolidating multiple plans into one, the municipality will be modernizing and simplifying the development process and creating a consistent regulatory framework for the entire Regional Centre.

The Centre Plan is being developed in two phases: Package A was approved in September of 2019, and Package B is currently available for public feedback. The adoption process for implementing the Centre Plan into law requires public consultation, review by a number of committees of Council, Community Councils, a public hearing held by Regional Council, and provincial review. The key outcomes of Centre Plan include:

• 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

Thanks for your continued interest and support of the Centre Plan.

  • Thank you for taking part in the Centre Plan - Saint Patrick’s Alexandra survey. 

    Background 

    The Saint Patrick’s Alexandra former school site is a prominent place in Halifax’s north end, and is adjacent to a number of landmark buildings, national historic sites, and the Murray Warrington Park. The future of this site has been part of previous community consultations and a recently completed municipal land sale process. This survey is part of a larger consultation process on potential changes to Centre Plan policies that can determine the future development of the Saint Patrick’s Alexandra site.   

    Centre Plan is a comprehensive planning process for the Regional Centre area, which includes Halifax Peninsula and areas of Dartmouth within the Circumferential Highway. As part of the first phase of Centre Plan “Package A”, this site was zoned as Higher Order Residential-1 (HR-1). This means that: 

    • the site is currently permitted to develop as a multi-unit residential area with some commercial uses; and 
    • the maximum height for the site is 14 metres (approximately 4 storeys). 

    However, in September of 2019 Regional Council directed that during the second phase of Centre Plan (“Package B”) staff “explore changing the designation for PID:00148643 (St. Patrick’s Alexandra) from HR-1 to HR-2”. This would potentially allow for additional commercial uses, and buildings that are up to 38 metres high (approximately 12 storeys). The property owner has expressed interest in taller buildings for a portion of the site.


    What is the goal of the survey? 

    The goal of the survey is to build on previous community consultations and invite additional community feedback on whether Centre Plan policies and zoning should be changed to better support the community’s values related to housing, scale of development, heritage, open space, and potential public benefits.  Previous community consultations include those led by HRM, and also the many consultations and conversations led by community organizations and community members.  All feedback will be presented to Regional Council, the decision-making body for Centre Plan.       

    How else can I provide feedback?  

    This survey is only one way to provide feedback.  Other ways of participating in the planning process include:  

    • attending virtual community meetings in late fall (please contact planhrm@halifax.ca to be added to our e-mail list or follow us on Facebook or Twitter  for updates);
    • writing HRM Planning & Development to ask a question or share a comment at planhrm@halifax.ca; and/or 
    • attending a public hearing on Centre Plan at a future date.   

    Before you start participating in the survey, you may wish to view the following helpful links:
    - What is Centre Plan (Package B) Video 
    Saint Patrick’s Alexandra Site Presentation/Video by Centre Plan Staff
    Frequently asked questions

    This survey includes 15 questions and may take at least 20 to 40 minutes to complete. You can skip questions you do not wish to answer.  The survey will be open until November 30, 2020.  

    Thank you for your time, and please feel free to share the survey link.  

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