Halifax Common Master Plan

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Rendered Plan of the Halifax Common.

I’m on the Common!

The municipality is planning for the future direction of the Halifax Common.

As the city and region continue to grow, this dynamic public space will only take on more significance as a major park and recreation area serving local residents and all people in the Halifax region. The municipality has been developing a new Halifax Common Master Plan as a guiding document for open space planning, development, and management within the Halifax Common. It will have updated policies and actions while retaining many of the fundamental directions of the previous 1994 Halifax Common Plan, including the protection and enhancement of the open space qualities of the Halifax Common. The Master Plan is also to include design and programming guidance for the municipally owned open space lands that includes the North and Central Commons, the Wanderers Grounds, Camp Hill Cemetery, the Halifax Public Gardens and Victoria Park.


December 2021 Update

The proposed Halifax Common Master Plan will be presented at the Community Planning & Economic Development Standing Committee at the December 8, 2021 meeting. You can read the associated staff report and the Halifax Common Master Plan here.

For additional information, please visit Halifax common master plan | Halifax


Halifax Common Aquatic Project

On December 10, 2019, Regional Council approved the recommendation to initiate the capital planning and construction of a new outdoor aquatics area on the Central Common. This is a complete replacement of the existing swimming pool and related facilities on the Central Common. The project includes an outdoor recreation pool, splash pad, community building and playground. This is envisioned as the first phase of the Halifax Common Master Plan.

You can read the full report on the Halifax Common Aquatic Area and Open Space Master Plan Update here.


Past Engagement Workshops

The final meeting in the public engagement series was held on Monday, June 17, 2019, where we shared components of the Draft Master Plan that included key directions and concept plans for the municipal open spaces as well as the Common-wide strategies for connections, character and recreation experiences.

The third meeting in the public engagement series was held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, which included a presentation on the key engagement findings from the work to date, along with the overarching themes and values that have emerged. This was followed by an open house of workshops inviting attendees to explore the possibilities and big decisions under consideration.

Our first round of public engagement sessions was held on Jan. 31, 2018 and Dec. 11, 2017. Thanks to everyone who came out to share what you value most about the Halifax Common.

Feedback from all the engagement sessions has been captured and summarized in our What We Heard documents in the document library.


Who’s Listening?

For questions or to provide direct feedback on the Master Plan:

Project Lead – Carolle Koziak Roberts

Halifax Regional Municipality

Email: commonplan@halifax.ca

I’m on the Common!

The municipality is planning for the future direction of the Halifax Common.

As the city and region continue to grow, this dynamic public space will only take on more significance as a major park and recreation area serving local residents and all people in the Halifax region. The municipality has been developing a new Halifax Common Master Plan as a guiding document for open space planning, development, and management within the Halifax Common. It will have updated policies and actions while retaining many of the fundamental directions of the previous 1994 Halifax Common Plan, including the protection and enhancement of the open space qualities of the Halifax Common. The Master Plan is also to include design and programming guidance for the municipally owned open space lands that includes the North and Central Commons, the Wanderers Grounds, Camp Hill Cemetery, the Halifax Public Gardens and Victoria Park.


December 2021 Update

The proposed Halifax Common Master Plan will be presented at the Community Planning & Economic Development Standing Committee at the December 8, 2021 meeting. You can read the associated staff report and the Halifax Common Master Plan here.

For additional information, please visit Halifax common master plan | Halifax


Halifax Common Aquatic Project

On December 10, 2019, Regional Council approved the recommendation to initiate the capital planning and construction of a new outdoor aquatics area on the Central Common. This is a complete replacement of the existing swimming pool and related facilities on the Central Common. The project includes an outdoor recreation pool, splash pad, community building and playground. This is envisioned as the first phase of the Halifax Common Master Plan.

You can read the full report on the Halifax Common Aquatic Area and Open Space Master Plan Update here.


Past Engagement Workshops

The final meeting in the public engagement series was held on Monday, June 17, 2019, where we shared components of the Draft Master Plan that included key directions and concept plans for the municipal open spaces as well as the Common-wide strategies for connections, character and recreation experiences.

The third meeting in the public engagement series was held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, which included a presentation on the key engagement findings from the work to date, along with the overarching themes and values that have emerged. This was followed by an open house of workshops inviting attendees to explore the possibilities and big decisions under consideration.

Our first round of public engagement sessions was held on Jan. 31, 2018 and Dec. 11, 2017. Thanks to everyone who came out to share what you value most about the Halifax Common.

Feedback from all the engagement sessions has been captured and summarized in our What We Heard documents in the document library.


Who’s Listening?

For questions or to provide direct feedback on the Master Plan:

Project Lead – Carolle Koziak Roberts

Halifax Regional Municipality

Email: commonplan@halifax.ca

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