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Heritage Conservation Districts

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A Heritage Conservation District is a defined area of historic or architectural value that is protected by regulations governing such things as demolition, exterior alteration and new development, and where incentives may apply to encourage private architectural conservation and programs that enhance public amenities. The Halifax Regional Municipality currently has one Heritage Conservation District in place, the Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District, which is valued for its character and evolution as Halifax’s principal downtown commercial street.

In addition to Barrington Street, there are concentrations of heritage resources in many areas throughout the region. The municipality has formally initiated a process to designate two of these areas as heritage conservation districts: the Old South Suburb and Schmidtville.

Below, you can share your thoughts on the Heritage Conservation Districts that the municipality is currently preparing for designation.

Also, under the Discussion tab, you can provide ideas on what other area in the region merits consideration as a Heritage Conservation District.


A Heritage Conservation District is a defined area of historic or architectural value that is protected by regulations governing such things as demolition, exterior alteration and new development, and where incentives may apply to encourage private architectural conservation and programs that enhance public amenities. The Halifax Regional Municipality currently has one Heritage Conservation District in place, the Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District, which is valued for its character and evolution as Halifax’s principal downtown commercial street.

In addition to Barrington Street, there are concentrations of heritage resources in many areas throughout the region. The municipality has formally initiated a process to designate two of these areas as heritage conservation districts: the Old South Suburb and Schmidtville.

Below, you can share your thoughts on the Heritage Conservation Districts that the municipality is currently preparing for designation.

Also, under the Discussion tab, you can provide ideas on what other area in the region merits consideration as a Heritage Conservation District.


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  • There are concentrations of heritage resources in many areas throughout the region. As part of the development of the Culture and Heritage Priorities Plan and secondary planning strategies such as the Centre Plan, the municipality is seeking to identify cohesive areas of historic significance. Public feedback is an essential means toward formally identifying these areas that merit further consideration as Heritage Conservation Districts.

    There are concentrations of heritage resources in many areas throughout the region. As part of the development of the Culture and Heritage Priorities Plan and secondary planning strategies such as the Centre Plan, the municipality is seeking to identify cohesive areas of historic significance. Public feedback is an essential means toward formally identifying these areas that merit further consideration as Heritage Conservation Districts.