Centre Plan

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Welcome to the Centre Plan project!
Update – January 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 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 2020, were 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 survey is now closed, thanks to everyone who provided feedback on the policies that will shape future redevelopment of this site.
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Centre Plan – Package B – Seeking Your Feedback on Neighbourhoods

Virtual Meetings
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).

Neighbourhood Walks
Walk 'n Roll Halifax

Unfortunately, due to the increased COVID restrictions we've had to put the Walk 'n Roll Halifax community walks on hold. You can send an email to centreplanwalks@gmail.com to subscribe to the virtual walking tour updates.

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 to the Centre Plan project!
Update – January 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 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 2020, were 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.

________________________________________________________________________________________________

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 survey is now closed, thanks to everyone who provided feedback on the policies that will shape future redevelopment of this site.
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Centre Plan – Package B – Seeking Your Feedback on Neighbourhoods

Virtual Meetings
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).

Neighbourhood Walks
Walk 'n Roll Halifax

Unfortunately, due to the increased COVID restrictions we've had to put the Walk 'n Roll Halifax community walks on hold. You can send an email to centreplanwalks@gmail.com to subscribe to the virtual walking tour updates.

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.