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.

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.

Public feedback, gathered during engagement sessions held from August through October 2018, is being used to inform the 90% design which will be presented as part of a staff report to Regional Council in the new year. See below to access the Engagement Report.

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, received during recent engagement sessions, is being used to inform 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 received about urban design rules for new buildings is helping 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 early 2019, 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.

Public Engagement Results

In the summer and fall of 2018, Cogswell District engagement focused on two topics: public spaces and urban design rules for new buildings.

Engagement included:

  • Nine pop-ups held throughout the Halifax region
  • Key stakeholder engagement meetings with members of the African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaw communities, as well as representatives from Shelter Nova Scotia
  • A three-day design charrette, including a site visit and expo event at Scotia Square
  • Online engagement including a survey, interactive engagement map, video, and social media

Thoughtful feedback from residents resulted in roughly 100 ideas about parks, plazas, streetscapes, greenways, public art, and commemoration of history within the area. Residents also provided input on building designs, which will help inform next steps with future engagement regarding the Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use By-laws (LUB) associated with Cogswell District.

All ideas and feedback are summarized in the Engagement Report (note: large PDF) prepared by FBM.

These ideas will now enable the Cogswell District project team to complete the 90% design.

Stay tuned for more details on the design which will be presented as part of a staff report to Regional Council in the new year.

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.

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.

Public feedback, gathered during engagement sessions held from August through October 2018, is being used to inform the 90% design which will be presented as part of a staff report to Regional Council in the new year. See below to access the Engagement Report.

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, received during recent engagement sessions, is being used to inform 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 received about urban design rules for new buildings is helping 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 early 2019, 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.

Public Engagement Results

In the summer and fall of 2018, Cogswell District engagement focused on two topics: public spaces and urban design rules for new buildings.

Engagement included:

  • Nine pop-ups held throughout the Halifax region
  • Key stakeholder engagement meetings with members of the African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaw communities, as well as representatives from Shelter Nova Scotia
  • A three-day design charrette, including a site visit and expo event at Scotia Square
  • Online engagement including a survey, interactive engagement map, video, and social media

Thoughtful feedback from residents resulted in roughly 100 ideas about parks, plazas, streetscapes, greenways, public art, and commemoration of history within the area. Residents also provided input on building designs, which will help inform next steps with future engagement regarding the Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use By-laws (LUB) associated with Cogswell District.

All ideas and feedback are summarized in the Engagement Report (note: large PDF) prepared by FBM.

These ideas will now enable the Cogswell District project team to complete the 90% design.

Stay tuned for more details on the design which will be presented as part of a staff report to Regional Council in the new year.

Cogswell District - Pin the Place

3 months
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.