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Welcome July 2021

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 the CDAC meeting agenda, maps, schedules and presentations.

Following the conclusion of public engagement in December, the proposed Centre Plan and Land Use By-law were released on May 28 and will be presented to CDAC on June 2, 2021. This will represent the start of the adoption process for the revised and combined planning policies for both Package A and Package B lands within the Regional Centre. The public hearing on the proposed Plan is tentatively targeted for October 2021. The adoption path will include the following:

On March 2, 2021 the Community Design Advisory Committee received the "What we Heard Report", a summary of the community engagement process and feedback received on Centre Plan Package B. View the meeting agenda. The meeting was live-streamed and the full report is available.


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.

Following the conclusion of public engagement in December, the proposed Centre Plan and Land Use By-law are expected to be presented to CDAC in June (tentatively June 2, 2021). This will represent the start of the adoption process for the revised and combined planning policies for both Package A and Package B lands within the Regional Centre. The public hearing on the proposed Plan is tentatively targeted for September 2021.

Centre Plan Package B addresses planning policies for Parks and Community Facilities, Established Residential Areas, Downtown Halifax, Employment Institutional lands, Employment Industrial lands, and Water Access lands. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Centre Plan Package B public engagement process and project timeline, but following the conclusion of public engagement in December revisions to the proposed planning policies have been underway. Please stay tuned for a new release of the complete proposed Centre Plan and Land Use By-law in early June 2021.

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Centre Plan – Package B – Feedback on Neighbourhoods

Three virtual public consultation meetings were held in November/early December. View a copy of the presentation or view the videos from these meetings on this page (sidebar to the right).

In December citizens used the “Places” interactive mapping tool to share local knowledge, ideas, and feedback on neighbourhoods and on Centre Plan. Thanks to everyone who dropped a pin and joined the conversation. Your input was much appreciated. Your feedback will be used to help inform changes to Centre Plan Package B and will be included in a summary of community feedback.

Here is a short video explaining what Centre Plan Package B is about.

Here is a longer video explaining key proposed policies for the Centre Plan Established Residential Areas.



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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 July 2021

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 the CDAC meeting agenda, maps, schedules and presentations.

Following the conclusion of public engagement in December, the proposed Centre Plan and Land Use By-law were released on May 28 and will be presented to CDAC on June 2, 2021. This will represent the start of the adoption process for the revised and combined planning policies for both Package A and Package B lands within the Regional Centre. The public hearing on the proposed Plan is tentatively targeted for October 2021. The adoption path will include the following:

On March 2, 2021 the Community Design Advisory Committee received the "What we Heard Report", a summary of the community engagement process and feedback received on Centre Plan Package B. View the meeting agenda. The meeting was live-streamed and the full report is available.


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.

Following the conclusion of public engagement in December, the proposed Centre Plan and Land Use By-law are expected to be presented to CDAC in June (tentatively June 2, 2021). This will represent the start of the adoption process for the revised and combined planning policies for both Package A and Package B lands within the Regional Centre. The public hearing on the proposed Plan is tentatively targeted for September 2021.

Centre Plan Package B addresses planning policies for Parks and Community Facilities, Established Residential Areas, Downtown Halifax, Employment Institutional lands, Employment Industrial lands, and Water Access lands. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Centre Plan Package B public engagement process and project timeline, but following the conclusion of public engagement in December revisions to the proposed planning policies have been underway. Please stay tuned for a new release of the complete proposed Centre Plan and Land Use By-law in early June 2021.

________________________________________________________________________________________________

Centre Plan – Package B – Feedback on Neighbourhoods

Three virtual public consultation meetings were held in November/early December. View a copy of the presentation or view the videos from these meetings on this page (sidebar to the right).

In December citizens used the “Places” interactive mapping tool to share local knowledge, ideas, and feedback on neighbourhoods and on Centre Plan. Thanks to everyone who dropped a pin and joined the conversation. Your input was much appreciated. Your feedback will be used to help inform changes to Centre Plan Package B and will be included in a summary of community feedback.

Here is a short video explaining what Centre Plan Package B is about.

Here is a longer video explaining key proposed policies for the Centre Plan Established Residential Areas.



____________________________________________________________________________________________

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.