Centre Plan

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Welcome to the Centre Plan project!
Update – June 2020

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.

In the meantime, you can now participate in a series of surveys on key Centre Plan themes (see below). You are invited to complete all surveys, or select only those of greatest interest to you, when it is convenient for you. The surveys will be open until August 31, 2020 and we will continue to accept feedback via email at planhrm@halifax.ca. We appreciate your ongoing feedback, and please stay tuned for other engagement opportunities.

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

View Centre Plan - Package B.

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


Welcome to the Centre Plan project!
Update – June 2020

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.

In the meantime, you can now participate in a series of surveys on key Centre Plan themes (see below). You are invited to complete all surveys, or select only those of greatest interest to you, when it is convenient for you. The surveys will be open until August 31, 2020 and we will continue to accept feedback via email at planhrm@halifax.ca. We appreciate your ongoing feedback, and please stay tuned for other engagement opportunities.

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

View Centre Plan - Package B.

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


  • Thank you for taking part in the Centre Plan survey.  

    Centre Plan is a comprehensive planning process for the Regional Centre based on the core concepts of complete communities, pedestrians first, human-scaled design, and strategic growth. The first phase the Plan (Package A) was approved by Council in September 2019, and we now want your feedback on the second phase (Package B).   

    It’s clear the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented upheaval to every aspect of our lives. We hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe. On March 16, the municipality postponed all Centre Plan in-person public engagement activities based on public health recommendations around physical distancing.  While it is not clear at this time when it will be safe to resume public meetings, we would like to continue to receive feedback in other ways while accommodating different personal circumstances.  

    This series of surveys is an opportunity for you to engage in the Centre Plan process. The surveys represent the key themes in Centre Plan Package B. You can complete all surveys, or select those of greatest interest to you.  Each survey contains some background information, but for those who wish to dig-in deeper we also included links to additional summary fact sheets, presentations, an interactive map, and the full planning documents.  Each survey varies in length and may take between 5 to 30 minutes to complete.  The surveys will be open until Aug. 31, 2020.  

    If you would like more information, here are some helpful links:  

    Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey(s).  Your feedback is valuable to us!  If you have additional questions or feedback, please feel free to contact planhrm@halifax.ca, and stay tuned to additional virtual engagement opportunities.  


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  • Thank you for taking part in the Centre Plan survey.  

    Centre Plan is a comprehensive planning process for the Regional Centre based on the core concepts of complete communities, pedestrians first, human-scaled design, and strategic growth. The first phase the Plan (Package A) was approved by Council in September 2019, and we now want your feedback on the second phase (Package B).   

    It’s clear the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented upheaval to every aspect of our lives. We hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe. On March 16, the municipality postponed all Centre Plan in-person public engagement activities based on public health recommendations around physical distancing.  While it is not clear at this time when it will be safe to resume public meetings, we would like to continue to receive feedback in other ways while accommodating different personal circumstances.  

    This series of surveys is an opportunity for you to engage in the Centre Plan process. The surveys represent the key themes in Centre Plan Package B. You can complete all surveys, or select those of greatest interest to you.  Each survey contains some background information, but for those who wish to dig-in deeper we also included links to additional summary fact sheets, presentations, an interactive map, and the full planning documents.  The surveys will be open until Aug. 31, 2020.  

    If you would like more information, here are some helpful links:  

    Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey(s).  Your feedback is valuable to us!  If you have additional questions or feedback, please feel free to contact planhrm@halifax.ca, and stay tuned to additional virtual engagement opportunities.  


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  • Thank you for taking part in the Centre Plan survey.  

    Centre Plan is a comprehensive planning process for the Regional Centre based on the core concepts of complete communities, pedestrians first, human-scaled design, and strategic growth. The first phase the Plan (Package A) was approved by Council in September 2019, and we now want your feedback on the second phase (Package B).   

    It’s clear the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented upheaval to every aspect of our lives. We hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe. On March 16, the municipality postponed all Centre Plan in-person public engagement activities based on public health recommendations around physical distancing.  While it is not clear at this time when it will be safe to resume public meetings, we would like to continue to receive feedback in other ways while accommodating different personal circumstances.  

    This series of surveys is an opportunity for you to engage in the Centre Plan process. The surveys represent the key themes in Centre Plan Package B. You can complete all surveys, or select those of greatest interest to you.  Each survey contains some background information, but for those who wish to dig-in deeper we also included links to additional summary fact sheets, presentations, an interactive map, and the full planning documents. The survey will be open until Aug. 31, 2020.  

    If you would like more information, here are some helpful links:  

    Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey(s).  Your feedback is valuable to us!  If you have additional questions or feedback, please feel free to contact planhrm@halifax.ca, and stay tuned to additional virtual engagement opportunities.  


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  • Thank you for taking part in the Centre Plan survey.  

    Centre Plan is a comprehensive planning process for the Regional Centre based on the core concepts of complete communities, pedestrians first, human-scaled design, and strategic growth. The first phase the Plan (Package A) was approved by Council in September 2019, and we now want your feedback on the second phase (Package B).   

    It’s clear the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented upheaval to every aspect of our lives. We hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe. On March 16, the municipality postponed all Centre Plan in-person public engagement activities based on public health recommendations around physical distancing.  While it is not clear at this time when it will be safe to resume public meetings, we would like to continue to receive feedback in other ways while accommodating different personal circumstances.  

    This series of surveys is an opportunity for you to engage in the Centre Plan process. The surveys represent the key themes in Centre Plan Package B. You can complete all surveys, or select those of greatest interest to you.  Each survey contains some background information, but for those who wish to dig-in deeper we also included links to additional summary fact sheets, presentations, an interactive map, and the full planning documents. The survey will be open until Aug. 31, 2020.  

    If you would like more information, here are some helpful links:  

    Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey(s).  Your feedback is valuable to us!  If you have additional questions or feedback, please feel free to contact planhrm@halifax.ca, and stay tuned to additional virtual engagement opportunities.  


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  • Thank you for taking part in the Centre Plan survey.  

    Centre Plan is a comprehensive planning process for the Regional Centre based on the core concepts of complete communities, pedestrians first, human-scaled design, and strategic growth. The first phase the Plan (Package A) was approved by Council in September 2019, and we now want your feedback on the second phase (Package B).   

    It’s clear the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented upheaval to every aspect of our lives. We hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe. On March 16, the municipality postponed all Centre Plan in-person public engagement activities based on public health recommendations around physical distancing.  While it is not clear at this time when it will be safe to resume public meetings, we would like to continue to receive feedback in other ways while accommodating different personal circumstances.  

    This series of surveys is an opportunity for you to engage in the Centre Plan process. The surveys represent the key themes in Centre Plan Package B. You can complete all surveys, or select those of greatest interest to you.  Each survey contains some background information, but for those who wish to dig-in deeper we also included links to additional summary fact sheets, presentations, an interactive map, and the full planning documents. The survey will be open until Aug. 31, 2020.  

    If you would like more information, here are some helpful links:  

    Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey(s).  Your feedback is valuable to us!  If you have additional questions or feedback, please feel free to contact planhrm@halifax.ca, and stay tuned to additional virtual engagement opportunities.  


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  • Thank you for taking part in the Centre Plan survey.  

    Centre Plan is a comprehensive planning process for the Regional Centre based on the core concepts of complete communities, pedestrians first, human-scaled design, and strategic growth. The first phase the Plan (Package A) was approved by Council in September 2019, and we now want your feedback on the second phase (Package B).   

    It’s clear the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented upheaval to every aspect of our lives. We hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe. On March 16, the municipality postponed all Centre Plan in-person public engagement activities based on public health recommendations around physical distancing.  While it is not clear at this time when it will be safe to resume public meetings, we would like to continue to receive feedback in other ways while accommodating different personal circumstances.  

    This series of surveys is an opportunity for you to engage in the Centre Plan process. The surveys represent the key themes in Centre Plan Package B. You can complete all surveys, or select those of greatest interest to you.  Each survey contains some background information, but for those who wish to dig-in deeper we also included links to additional summary fact sheets, presentations, an interactive map, and the full planning documents. The survey will be open until Aug. 31, 2020.  

    If you would like more information, here are some helpful links:  

    Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey(s).  Your feedback is valuable to us!  If you have additional questions or feedback, please feel free to contact planhrm@halifax.ca, and stay tuned to additional virtual engagement opportunities.  


    Take Survey
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  • Thank you for taking part in the Centre Plan survey.  

    Centre Plan is a comprehensive planning process for the Regional Centre based on the core concepts of complete communities, pedestrians first, human-scaled design, and strategic growth. The first phase the Plan (Package A) was approved by Council in September 2019, and we now want your feedback on the second phase (Package B).   

    It’s clear the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented upheaval to every aspect of our lives. We hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe. On March 16, the municipality postponed all Centre Plan in-person public engagement activities based on public health recommendations around physical distancing.  While it is not clear at this time when it will be safe to resume public meetings, we would like to continue to receive feedback in other ways while accommodating different personal circumstances.  

    This series of surveys is an opportunity for you to engage in the Centre Plan process. The surveys represent the key themes in Centre Plan Package B. You can complete all surveys, or select those of greatest interest to you.  Each survey contains some background information, but for those who wish to dig-in deeper we also included links to additional summary fact sheets, presentations, an interactive map, and the full planning documents. The survey will be open until Aug. 31, 2020.  

    If you would like more information, here are some helpful links:  

    Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey(s).  Your feedback is valuable to us!  If you have additional questions or feedback, please feel free to contact planhrm@halifax.ca, and stay tuned to additional virtual engagement opportunities.  


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  • Thank you for taking part in the Centre Plan survey.  

    Centre Plan is a comprehensive planning process for the Regional Centre based on the core concepts of complete communities, pedestrians first, human-scaled design, and strategic growth. The first phase the Plan (Package A) was approved by Council in September 2019, and we now want your feedback on the second phase (Package B).   

    It’s clear the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented upheaval to every aspect of our lives. We hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe. On March 16, the municipality postponed all Centre Plan in-person public engagement activities based on public health recommendations around physical distancing.  While it is not clear at this time when it will be safe to resume public meetings, we would like to continue to receive feedback in other ways while accommodating different personal circumstances.  

    This series of surveys is an opportunity for you to engage in the Centre Plan process. The surveys represent the key themes in Centre Plan Package B. You can complete all surveys, or select those of greatest interest to you.  Each survey contains some background information, but for those who wish to dig-in deeper we also included links to additional summary fact sheets, presentations, an interactive map, and the full planning documents. The survey will be open until Aug. 31, 2020.  

    If you would like more information, here are some helpful links:  

    Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey(s).  Your feedback is valuable to us!  If you have additional questions or feedback, please feel free to contact planhrm@halifax.ca, and stay tuned to additional virtual engagement opportunities.  


    Take Survey
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  • Thank you for taking part in the Centre Plan survey.  

    Centre Plan is a comprehensive planning process for the Regional Centre based on the core concepts of complete communities, pedestrians first, human-scaled design, and strategic growth. The first phase the Plan (Package A) was approved by Council in September 2019, and we now want your feedback on the second phase (Package B).   

    It’s clear the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented upheaval to every aspect of our lives. We hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe. On March 16, the municipality postponed all Centre Plan in-person public engagement activities based on public health recommendations around physical distancing.  While it is not clear at this time when it will be safe to resume public meetings, we would like to continue to receive feedback in other ways while accommodating different personal circumstances.  

    This series of surveys is an opportunity for you to engage in the Centre Plan process. The surveys represent the key themes in Centre Plan Package B. You can complete all surveys, or select those of greatest interest to you.  Each survey contains some background information, but for those who wish to dig-in deeper we also included links to additional summary fact sheets, presentations, an interactive map, and the full planning documents. The survey will be open until Aug. 31, 2020.  

    If you would like more information, here are some helpful links:  

    Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey(s).  Your feedback is valuable to us!  If you have additional questions or feedback, please feel free to contact planhrm@halifax.ca, and stay tuned to additional virtual engagement opportunities.  


    Take Survey
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  • Thank you for taking part in the Centre Plan survey.  

    Centre Plan is a comprehensive planning process for the Regional Centre based on the core concepts of complete communities, pedestrians first, human-scaled design, and strategic growth. The first phase the Plan (Package A) was approved by Council in September 2019, and we now want your feedback on the second phase (Package B).   

    It’s clear the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented upheaval to every aspect of our lives. We hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe. On March 16, the municipality postponed all Centre Plan in-person public engagement activities based on public health recommendations around physical distancing.  While it is not clear at this time when it will be safe to resume public meetings, we would like to continue to receive feedback in other ways while accommodating different personal circumstances.  

    This series of surveys is an opportunity for you to engage in the Centre Plan process. The surveys represent the key themes in Centre Plan Package B. You can complete all surveys, or select those of greatest interest to you.  Each survey contains some background information, but for those who wish to dig-in deeper we also included links to additional summary fact sheets, presentations, an interactive map, and the full planning documents. The survey will be open until Aug. 31, 2020.  

    If you would like more information, here are some helpful links:  

    Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey(s).  Your feedback is valuable to us!  If you have additional questions or feedback, please feel free to contact planhrm@halifax.ca, and stay tuned to additional virtual engagement opportunities.  


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