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 February 26, 2019 Regional Council approved the 90% construction design plan and gave direction to proceed with tendering construction services for the project.

View presentation to Regional Council and staff report.

Council also directed staff to continue with public engagement to finalize placemaking and commemoration aspects of the Cogswell District. In particular, focus will be placed on completing ongoing engagement with the Mi'kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities. Staff will return to Council with a report regarding timeline, phasing construction to align with other street recapitalization projects, and options to fund the Cogswell Greenway including potential use of development charges on adjacent development sites.

The approved design plan addresses public realm elements including accessibility, public art and commemorative features, parks and open spaces, multi-use paths, streetscapes, and a transit hub for the new neighborhood. It also details the construction phases for the project.

Significant public feedback was used to inform the 90% construction design plan. From August through October 2018, input was sought on two topics: public spaces and urban design rules for new buildings in the Cogswell District.

Residents contributed roughly 100 ideas about parks, plazas, streetscapes, greenways, public art, and commemoration of history within the area. Input provided on building designs 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 prepared by Fowler, Bauld & Mitchell (FBM).

In addition to input from a robust public engagement initiative, staff garnered insights from an external review process carried out in partnership with the Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Development Nova Scotia and 13 other key stakeholders. The Cogswell project team and WSP worked with Gehl, an urban design firm, and the stakeholder group for several months on a review of the approved 60 per cent design concept with the goal of identifying potential improvements to the design for the Cogswell District, specifically regarding public realm and building design. The Gehl report was released to the public on Feb. 5, 2019 by the stakeholder group.

Detailed land use policy, including finalizing the rules that will guide the design and use of buildings in the Cogswell District, will be reviewed and considered in the coming months as part of the MPS and LUB amendment process. The target is to complete the process well in advance of the sale of the first development block.

NEXT STEPS:

  • On March 14, 2019, the Cogswell District project team is hosting a showcase for residents to view the approved 90 per cent construction design plan and learn how extensive public input helped shape the plan.
  • Per Council direction, municipal staff members will be issuing the deconstruction and construction tender (targeted for early April 2019). Awarding of the contract is anticipated by mid-summer, with work targeted to begin in early fall 2019.
  • Details regarding further public engagement for art and commemoration, as well as the MPS and LUB amendment process will be shared in the coming weeks.

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

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 February 26, 2019 Regional Council approved the 90% construction design plan and gave direction to proceed with tendering construction services for the project.

View presentation to Regional Council and staff report.

Council also directed staff to continue with public engagement to finalize placemaking and commemoration aspects of the Cogswell District. In particular, focus will be placed on completing ongoing engagement with the Mi'kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities. Staff will return to Council with a report regarding timeline, phasing construction to align with other street recapitalization projects, and options to fund the Cogswell Greenway including potential use of development charges on adjacent development sites.

The approved design plan addresses public realm elements including accessibility, public art and commemorative features, parks and open spaces, multi-use paths, streetscapes, and a transit hub for the new neighborhood. It also details the construction phases for the project.

Significant public feedback was used to inform the 90% construction design plan. From August through October 2018, input was sought on two topics: public spaces and urban design rules for new buildings in the Cogswell District.

Residents contributed roughly 100 ideas about parks, plazas, streetscapes, greenways, public art, and commemoration of history within the area. Input provided on building designs 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 prepared by Fowler, Bauld & Mitchell (FBM).

In addition to input from a robust public engagement initiative, staff garnered insights from an external review process carried out in partnership with the Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Development Nova Scotia and 13 other key stakeholders. The Cogswell project team and WSP worked with Gehl, an urban design firm, and the stakeholder group for several months on a review of the approved 60 per cent design concept with the goal of identifying potential improvements to the design for the Cogswell District, specifically regarding public realm and building design. The Gehl report was released to the public on Feb. 5, 2019 by the stakeholder group.

Detailed land use policy, including finalizing the rules that will guide the design and use of buildings in the Cogswell District, will be reviewed and considered in the coming months as part of the MPS and LUB amendment process. The target is to complete the process well in advance of the sale of the first development block.

NEXT STEPS:

  • On March 14, 2019, the Cogswell District project team is hosting a showcase for residents to view the approved 90 per cent construction design plan and learn how extensive public input helped shape the plan.
  • Per Council direction, municipal staff members will be issuing the deconstruction and construction tender (targeted for early April 2019). Awarding of the contract is anticipated by mid-summer, with work targeted to begin in early fall 2019.
  • Details regarding further public engagement for art and commemoration, as well as the MPS and LUB amendment process will be shared in the coming weeks.

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

Cogswell District - Pin the Place

6 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.