Cogswell District Redevelopment Project

The Cogswell District is one of the biggest city-building projects in the history of Halifax.

A new neighbourhood will soon be built – where the Cogswell Interchange now stands – designed to connect downtown with the north end and waterfront, creating a stronger, more inclusive network of communities.

We're looking for your input

On June 5, 2018 Regional Council approved the 60% design and gave direction to move to the next stage of the process – completing the 90% design. To inform this next milestone, Regional Council requested a collaborative public engagement initiative to inform the final design of public spaces and detailed land use policy for the Cogswell District.

What are public spaces? Public spaces are open and accessible to all people regardless of ownership. This includes sidewalks, bikeways, bus stops, streets, parks, public courtyards, plazas, and other open spaces.

High-quality public spaces are an essential component for the success of the Cogswell District. It will support the day-to-day experiences that:

  • Attract residents to want to live in the area
  • Promote walking, cycling and transit use
  • Attract visitors to discover the unique qualities in the neighbourhood

Feedback about public spaces will be used in the completion of the 90% design.

What is land use policy? The majority of the Cogswell District is in Precinct #8 of the Downtown Halifax Plan Area. The downtown policy and urban design guidelines describes the vision and the form of development throughout downtown Halifax. Over several weeks in August and September, input will be sought from residents about what should be considered when finalizing the urban design rules for new buildings in the Cogswell District - all while ensuring the vision of the project is achieved.

Feedback about urban design rules for new buildings will help inform next steps with future engagement regarding the Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use By-laws (LUB) associated with Cogswell District. The 90% design is targeted for completion by December 2018, with work on the MPS and LUB extending into 2019.

Want to get up to speed on the Cogswell District concept plan? Visit the document library or view the website for the latest updates.

Engagement Sessions

As part of an extensive public engagement program, from August through September, residents were asked to provide feedback in-person through a number of opportunities including nine (9) pop up sessions at various locations throughout the municipality, two (2) focus groups, as well as a multi-day design charrette that allows attendees to delve deep into specific elements of the Cogswell District design plan.

Online Feedback

Please take a few minutes to provide your input on two important aspects of the Cogswell District: public spaces and urban design rules for new buildings. These feedback tools will be available until 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.

Using the ‘survey’ tab below you can answer a few questions. Also, you have the option to use the “places’ tool where you can drop a pin on the map, provide a comment, share a photo (if you like) and tell us about what specific uses and/ or amenities you’d like to see at that location.

The Cogswell District is one of the biggest city-building projects in the history of Halifax.

A new neighbourhood will soon be built – where the Cogswell Interchange now stands – designed to connect downtown with the north end and waterfront, creating a stronger, more inclusive network of communities.

We're looking for your input

On June 5, 2018 Regional Council approved the 60% design and gave direction to move to the next stage of the process – completing the 90% design. To inform this next milestone, Regional Council requested a collaborative public engagement initiative to inform the final design of public spaces and detailed land use policy for the Cogswell District.

What are public spaces? Public spaces are open and accessible to all people regardless of ownership. This includes sidewalks, bikeways, bus stops, streets, parks, public courtyards, plazas, and other open spaces.

High-quality public spaces are an essential component for the success of the Cogswell District. It will support the day-to-day experiences that:

  • Attract residents to want to live in the area
  • Promote walking, cycling and transit use
  • Attract visitors to discover the unique qualities in the neighbourhood

Feedback about public spaces will be used in the completion of the 90% design.

What is land use policy? The majority of the Cogswell District is in Precinct #8 of the Downtown Halifax Plan Area. The downtown policy and urban design guidelines describes the vision and the form of development throughout downtown Halifax. Over several weeks in August and September, input will be sought from residents about what should be considered when finalizing the urban design rules for new buildings in the Cogswell District - all while ensuring the vision of the project is achieved.

Feedback about urban design rules for new buildings will help inform next steps with future engagement regarding the Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use By-laws (LUB) associated with Cogswell District. The 90% design is targeted for completion by December 2018, with work on the MPS and LUB extending into 2019.

Want to get up to speed on the Cogswell District concept plan? Visit the document library or view the website for the latest updates.

Engagement Sessions

As part of an extensive public engagement program, from August through September, residents were asked to provide feedback in-person through a number of opportunities including nine (9) pop up sessions at various locations throughout the municipality, two (2) focus groups, as well as a multi-day design charrette that allows attendees to delve deep into specific elements of the Cogswell District design plan.

Online Feedback

Please take a few minutes to provide your input on two important aspects of the Cogswell District: public spaces and urban design rules for new buildings. These feedback tools will be available until 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.

Using the ‘survey’ tab below you can answer a few questions. Also, you have the option to use the “places’ tool where you can drop a pin on the map, provide a comment, share a photo (if you like) and tell us about what specific uses and/ or amenities you’d like to see at that location.

Cogswell District - Pin the Place

12 days
We want your thoughts on how to strengthen the design of the Cogswell District, as we move from 60% to 90% design completion.

Sharing your input is easy. Drop a pin on the map, provide a comment, share a photo (if you like) and answer a question about what specific uses and/or amenities you’d like to see at that location.

Your suggestions will help inform the final design. 


To help guide you, here are some examples of what each pin could be used for:

Public Space: parks, plazas, open spaces, community gardens, etc.

Active Transportation: multi-use ...

We want your thoughts on how to strengthen the design of the Cogswell District, as we move from 60% to 90% design completion.

Sharing your input is easy. Drop a pin on the map, provide a comment, share a photo (if you like) and answer a question about what specific uses and/or amenities you’d like to see at that location.

Your suggestions will help inform the final design. 


To help guide you, here are some examples of what each pin could be used for:

Public Space: parks, plazas, open spaces, community gardens, etc.

Active Transportation: multi-use trails, bi-directional bikeways, etc.

Accessibility: design considerations that ensure access for all ages and abilities

History & Commemoration: statues, interpretive signage, place names, storytelling events, etc.

Street features: sidewalk width, materials (e.g. pavers, stone, asphalt), seating areas, trees, lighting, etc.

Transit: dedicated bus lanes, transit hub, transit shelters, etc.

Building Design Rules: where retail is required, streetwall setbacks (distance between building and street), etc.

CLOSED: Thank you for using our interactive map for the Cogswell District. Consultation is now closed as we prepare the final design.