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Downtown Dartmouth Plan Update

The vision for Downtown Dartmouth continues to be that it is an attractive and safe community with a lively business district, quiet and stable neighbourhoods, and an accessible and beautiful waterfront for all to enjoy. The community has retained a strong sense of its heritage and culture, provides a broad range of quality housing choices for all, and assures that all lifestyles can be met through an abundance of park and recreation facilities and employment opportunities.

While many positive changes have been taking place in Downtown Dartmouth, overall limited growth has been realized, and the current policies do not adequately encourage good design that complements the character of local streets. The goal of the Plan Update initiated by Council is to provide more detailed policy and design guidance. We want to develop a clearer, more predictable and effective planning framework.


Update - Public Meeting:

On December 11, Planning & Development held a public meeting to reintroduce the work done to date on updates to the Downtown Dartmouth Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law.

At the meeting, staff reviewed draft material from the updates, including maps showing established residential neighborhoods and the details around new buildings that will be permitted in the core of Downtown.

The vision for Downtown Dartmouth continues to be that it is an attractive and safe community with a lively business district, quiet and stable neighbourhoods, and an accessible and beautiful waterfront for all to enjoy. The community has retained a strong sense of its heritage and culture, provides a broad range of quality housing choices for all, and assures that all lifestyles can be met through an abundance of park and recreation facilities and employment opportunities.

While many positive changes have been taking place in Downtown Dartmouth, overall limited growth has been realized, and the current policies do not adequately encourage good design that complements the character of local streets. The goal of the Plan Update initiated by Council is to provide more detailed policy and design guidance. We want to develop a clearer, more predictable and effective planning framework.


Update - Public Meeting:

On December 11, Planning & Development held a public meeting to reintroduce the work done to date on updates to the Downtown Dartmouth Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law.

At the meeting, staff reviewed draft material from the updates, including maps showing established residential neighborhoods and the details around new buildings that will be permitted in the core of Downtown.